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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

Job Opening: Library Program Associate; Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library is currently accepting applications for a full-time Library Program Associate in the Early Literacy Department of the Children's Library. Please note that the deadline for applying is THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 22.

How Puppets in Storytime Help Develop Early Literacy Skills

Do you use puppets in storytime? I do; I bring a different "friend" for each storytime theme who comes out to help introduce our stories. He/she/it then sits down to enjoy storytime with the kids.

DON'T FORGET! World Read Aloud Day is TOMORROW!

What are you doing to celebrate World Read Aloud Day tomorrow? I'm reading to preschoolers - and although that's what I do every day, tomorrow it will be extra special, as people everywhere read aloud to children in an effort to develop literacy practices in vulnerable communities. This is just one of the efforts sponsored by LitWorld, a non-profit organization working to build literacy skills around the world. From their website:

Aurora Public Library's New Early Literacy Center

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Ft. Morgan Library: Reviving Nursery Rhymes with Leaping Literacy!

Post by Cindy F.

Early Literacy Event: Countdown to Kindergarten Carnival at Pikes Peak Library District

Check out this cool early literacy event happening at the Pikes Peak Library District: The Countdown to Kindergarten Carnival! Designed to teach parents and caregivers the 5 practices that lead to early literacy learning, children are also allowed in on the fun! The first carnival takes place this Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Fountain Library and more carnivals will be held at other locations.

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