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Playopedia: A New Play Resource

There's been a lot of talk lately about the benefits play provides young children. It's being talked about on blogs, in research, in libraries, and in early childhood education centers. Parents are certainly encouraged to make sure their children are getting plenty of time to just PLAY (although, as a child's brain develops, it's never JUST play, is it?)

Johnson County Library's 6 by 6 Program

Many of you are probably familiar with Johnson County (Kansas) Library's wonderful 6 by 6 early literacy program, which encourages pre-reading skills development through storytimes, parent involvement, videos, and now, activity spaces.

Just in time for One World, Many Stories! Multicultural Songs and Rhymes

For those of us using the "One World, Many Stories" theme for our summer reading programs, and for anyone interested in learning songs and rhymes in new languages or with multilingual service populations, this new site from the Burnaby Public Library is SO useful.

New StoryBlocks Videos are Live!

Has it been a while since you visited StoryBlocks to check out the videos of songs and rhymes for young children that include literacy tips for parents? Well, it's time to go back, because we've added 6 new videos! 4 of the videos are in English, while 2 more are in Spanish. We hope you enjoy them, and share them widely with the parents and caregivers who visit your library!

 

Props in Storytime

Post by Jeff G.

Recursos en español: Colorín Colorado

**NOTE: THIS IS THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF POSTS HIGHLIGHTING RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR LIBRARIANS WORKING WITH SPANISH-SPEAKING FAMILIES. EVENTUALLY, EACH OF THESE SITES WILL BE INCLUDED ON THEIR OWN PAGE ON THIS SITE FOR EASY ACCESS.**

New ECRR Webpage is Live!

The new Every Child Ready to Read webpage is live! Click on "Project History" for a literature review and executive summary. Thanks, Saroj Ghoting, for pointing it out!

Fed Chairman Weighs In On the Importance of Early Childhood Education

Via Washington Learning Systems read an excerpt of a speech the Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke gave about "Challenges for State and Local Government", in which he says:

Encouraging Adult Participation in Early Literacy Storytimes: Guest Post by Saroj Ghoting

[Ed. Note: We are thrilled to share this post by Saroj Ghoting, noted Early Literacy Storytime expert. What do YOU do in your storytimes to encourage parent participation? Please share in the comments.]
 

Benefits of Crafts in Library Storytimes

To begin our new blog series on library storytime crafts, we’d like to start with a general list of benefits of providing crafts as part of storytime.

How do storytime crafts add value to a family’s library experience?

Crafts Expand the Storytime Experience:

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