Call to Action – Senate Bill 049

Support Senate Bill 24 – 049, “Content of Material in Libraries” Colorado lawmakers Lisa Cutter, Chris Kolker, Juie Joseph and Eliza Hamrick have introduced a bill that would change how school libraries and public libraries handle book challenges. Senate Bill 24 – 049, “Content of Material in Libraries,” would protect libraries from the increasing number …

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Outreach and Partnerships

By Tina Schmidt / Douglas County Libraries, CLEL Steering Subcommittee Co-Chair  Every other month, CLEL members are invited to come together for Member Meetups. Held virtually, these hour-long sessions are a way for members to connect with colleagues across the state in a casual, conversational atmosphere with topics driven by member survey results. This member …

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Summer Reader’s Advisory for Emergent Readers

By Tina Schmidt / Douglas County Libraries, CLEL Steering Subcommittee Co-Chair Every other month, CLEL members are invited to come together for Member Meetups. Held virtually, these hour-long sessions are a way for members to connect with colleagues across the state in a casual, conversational atmosphere with topics driven by member survey results. This member …

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Meet the 2024 CLEL Bell Awards Committee

For the first time, we’ve expanded our committee to include 17 members, 9 returning and 8 new members. We are so excited to welcome our new members and start work as a committee. Before our work begins, we wanted to introduce all our committee members and include some of their very impressive resumes. Melanie Borski-Howard …

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Diversity in Storytime

By Tina Schmidt / Douglas County Libraries, CLEL Steering Subcommittee Co-Chair  Every other month, CLEL members are invited to come together for Member Meetups. Held virtually, these hour-long sessions are a way for members to connect with colleagues across the state in a casual, conversational atmosphere with topics driven by member survey results. Our first …

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Call for Presenters

The CLEL Conference Committee invites YOU to present at CLELCON23! CLELCON is the annual conference of the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy. It provides workshops, keynote speakers, and networking to anyone who is involved or wants to be involved with early literacy. It is recognized nationwide as a premier early literacy professional development opportunity. CLEL …

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The Right to Read Act

Promotes Students’ Rights to Read and Expands School Library Access! It will likely come as no surprise to librarians and educators that access to well-funded and professionally staffed libraries correlates with academic success and positive life outcomes for all children. Students who utilize school libraries are shown to have significantly higher literacy and graduation rates. …

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Less than one week to join the CLEL Bell Committee! Apps due March 24.

There are so many benefits to being on this committee. You will improve your Collection Development skills, connect with other talented librarians and so much more! Fill out your application today! This year we are actively recruiting biligual Spanish/English librarians and educators to gain experience serving on the CLEL Bell Awards committee. Our goal is …

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Announcing the 2023 CLEL Bell Award Winners

The CLEL Bell Picture Book Awards are an annual recognition of five high-quality picture books that provide excellent support of early literacy skills for young children in each of five categories: Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play. Eligible books were published or distributed in the United States between November 16, 2021 and November 15, 2022. …

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