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Talking the Advocacy Talk

When we as library staff are advocating for Early Literacy, we often do so by speaking with various members of our community. Whether we are delivering elevator speeches, (concise and audience-targeted summaries of the value of Early Literacy) providing Early Literacy tips, or simply speaking briefly with library patrons as we deliver reference and readers' advisory services, one thing to keep in mind is that selecting and focusing on few important themes can make our words more powerful, impactful, and memorable.

Welcome Back to the Advocacy Blog

Welcome back to our Advocacy blog!  It’s been a couple of years since our last submission, and it’s time to revive discussion of Early Literacy in our daily lives.  The Advocacy Committee will produce blog posts twice a month for the purposes of increasing knowledge and awareness of the mission of Early Literacy and CLEL.  We would like to invite you to follow our blog and put into practice some of our tips and suggestions.

Advocacy Tip for February: Create an Elevator Speech

When you meet someone at a party, and
they ask you what you love about your job, do you talk about early
literacy? When you’re chatting with your hairdresser or your
neighbor, and you tell them you work in a library, do they ask what
exactly you do?

When that happens, do you have an
“elevator speech” ready to go?

An elevator speech is a short pitch or
description of a business, a product, or a service. It’s designed
to pique someone’s interest in the short time it takes to share an
elevator from one floor to the next.

Advocacy Tip for October: Encourage Parents to Read to Children in Any Language!

Note: CLEL will be posting a new Advocacy Tip every month. To see all the tips, click on the "Advocacy Tip" tag above.

URGENT! US Dept. of Education Early Learning Grants - Work with your state government to make sure libraries are included!

From Aimee Strittmatter, Executive Director of ALSC:

Advocacy Tip for May: Early Literacy Handouts

Note: CLEL will be posting a new Advocacy Tip every month. To see all the tips, click on the "Advocacy Tip" tag above.

Distribute early literacy handouts at storytime, other programs, and in your brochure rack. Multiple copies of two excellent handouts, Reading Tips for Parents and  Ready? Set? Go! : Kindergarten Readiness are available free from the Colorado State Library: http://www.cde.state.co.us/cdelib/Free_CSL_Resources.htm

President Calls for Overhaul of No Child Left Behind

Post by Lisa C.

Advocacy Tip for March: Have a Library Snapshot Day

Note: CLEL will be posting a new Advocacy Tip every month. To see all the tips, click on the "Advocacy Tip" tag above.

You are a library advocate if you: Have a Library Snapshot Day to Highlight Early Literacy

Advocacy Tip for December: Knowledge is Power!

Note: CLEL will be posting a new Advocacy Tip every month. To see all the tips, click on the "Advocacy Tip" tag above.

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