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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.

Poverty and Early Cognitive Development: What's The Connection?

CLEL member Babette R. has written a wonderful summary of a recently-released study that indicates that poverty has a greater impact on a child's cognitive development than early childhood education, whether or not a parent reads to the child. She concludes, and rightly so, that early childhood education, while important, will not close the achievement gap if we do not also work to eradicate poverty.

Eric Litwin in Colorado July 7-13

Eric Litwin of Pete the Cat fame will be travelling all throughout the Denver metro area libraries July 7-13.  If you would like to be his groupie or just see one of the events here is a list of where he will be when:

Saturday July 7

11 am Clement Park- Columbine Library, Jefferson County Libraries

1:30 pm McIlvoy Park- Arvada Library, Jefferson County Libraries

Monday July 9

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