This summer, access to free lunches and snacks through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will be more important than ever to many kids across Colorado. The SFSP makes free healthy meals and snacks available to young people in communities with high rates of...

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My name is Alberto Pellicer and I coordinate Phone-a-Story at the Denver Public Library. Phone-a-Story started at the Denver Public Library in 2003 and since then it has grown  to be a multilingual service, adding Spanish, Amharic and Vietnamese to the original E...

Sightings of bears – stuffed bears, that is – are on the rise in Colorado this spring. But there’s no reason to be alarmed. Big bears and little bears peek out from windows and porch swings. Kids scour the area on foot, scooters, and bikes, some dressed in safari cloth...

As of the date this blog post was written, Governor Polis’ statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect until April 26th. Many school districts in the Denver Metro area recently announced their decision to utilize remote learning for the rest of the school year. It s...

CLEL will update this blog post as new information is released. Last updated on 4/22/2020.

As social distancing becomes the new norm, many authors, artists and publishers have adapted policies to help schools and libraries meet the needs of their communities. For a list...

Let's hear from Lauren, an early literacy librarian! She wants to share some of the activities she's doing at home with her toddlers (almost 3-year-olds). Find things in your home (you don’t have to go out and purchase!) to make engaging activities for the whole family...

Oh, how I love block play! As a former preschool teacher, I quickly gained a love of blocks not only as a creative outlet, but also as a learning opportunity. I'm also a big advocate of blocks in the library - in programs, in storytimes, even in buckets on the floor!

I'...

This is the fourth in a series of conference reflections contributed by CLEL 2019 attendees who received scholarships.

During the 2019 Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, I noticed a theme across the sessions I attended. In each session, I was being challenged to see...

In October, the Montrose Regional Library hosted an early literacy event titled Tape Town. Customers were invited to bring their toy cars and visit the children’s room where a volunteer and I had laid down roads of masking tape all over the room.

While the tape was by f...

As a fairly new children's librarian, I had no idea what to expect at CLEL, let alone how it would benefit me.  It was an all-around wonderful and informative conference, and my positive experiences throughout the day have guaranteed my attendance next year. As it turn...

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