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TOMORROW! SPELL Project Webinar: A dialogue on engaging parents in early literacy

Via Vivienne Houghton:

Greetings! Please join us for...

SPELL Project Webinar: A dialogue on engaging parents in early literacy

Date: Thursday, Dec 13th

Time: 10:00am to 11:00am (MST)
(No registration required. A recording will be available.)

One Book 4 Colorado! What Book Would YOU Suggest?

The State Library has announced that One Book 4 Colorado, the program that gives the same book to every 4-year-old in Colorado, will be ON again in 2013! But this year they need something from librarians and early childhood educators - our book suggestions! What books do YOU think every 4-year-old should read? There are a few guidelines you must stick to, however:

National Early Literacy Study - Your Input Needed!

The Association for Library Service to Children sends this request. Please share the great things your library's doing!:


YS News From the Colorado State Library

The Colorado State Library just put out an issue of the YS news.  It contains tons of great information.  It has everything from summer reading information, what is going on at different libraries, and who won the 2012 LSTA grants.  Check it out to find out what is going on in the world of youth services in libraries.  Happy Halloween!


If you haven't yet submitted your interest statement to become a member of the steering committee, there's still time!

All the details are here. And read about a newbie's experience here.

Join us!

If You Give Andrea the CLEL 12

At the annual meeting, I was asked to write a blog post about my experiences completing the CLEL 12 . So here it goes:

If you hire a new librarian to be the early literacy advocate for the
district, she's going to want to join an organization like CLEL. She'll
get so excited about all the opportunities available, she'll invite
others to join. She'll even introduce herself as a CLEL member at CAL
and Motheread trainings.

When she introduces herself, she'll want to share some knowledge by

RAFT Fall workshops

Colorado front range librarians: Are you familiar with Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT)? It's a great place for teachers (and educators of any kind - including librarians) to find low-cost materials, idea sheets, and activity kits for their creative classroom projects.

Early Literacy Online Resource Guide

Those of you who were able to attend the recent annual meeting heard about Vivienne Houghton's wonderful Early Literacy Online Resource Guide, created as the capstone project of her Master's program at the University of Denver.  It's packed with information about what EL information can be found on Colorado library's websites, definitions and descriptions, and even resources in other languag

New ECRR Information Added to Website

If you've poked around this website at all recently, you may have noticed some additional pages: we've updated the "Every Child Ready to Read" section to include the 2nd revision: aka the "5 Practices."

Beaumont Library Hits the Road in "Ready to Read" Van

The Beaumont Library in California has a new way to help their youngest patrons get ready to read: by bringing the library to them! The library received an LSTA grant to create the program, which includes a van with 2000 items on board.

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