Early Math Skills Add to Literacy

Do you sing counting songs in storytime? Do you talk about more and less? Or read stories that compare sizes and shapes?  You may be doing more to increase early literacy in your storytime than you realize! New research shows that children with a strong foundation in early math gain greater proficiency in both math …

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Remembering April Pulley Sayre

April is National Poetry Month and the perfect time to remember author and photographer, April Pulley Sayre. Although she never self-identified as a poet, her lyrical rhymes and rhythms partnered with stunning nature photography have always been on my list of go-to picture books when I want to share poetry with young children. And there …

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Project READY Reflections

Jessica Fredrickson/ Douglas County Libraries After a year of group study, our last Project READY cohort met in February. We looked at our webcams, each unwilling to be the first one to log off. How could it be over? Of course, it’s not really over. One of my biggest takeaways from Project READY is that …

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Building Community with Playgroups

Angela McCaffery / West Custer County Library District For a few years now the West Custer County Library has been hosting a playgroup.  The weekly playgroup is for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers.  The playgroup was originally started by a patron.  She asked if she could use the children’s area in the Library once …

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Update: CO SB22-004

On February 10, members of the CLEL Steering Committee testified before the Colorado Senate Education Committee on SB22-004: Evidence-based Training In Science of Reading.*  CLEL asked that the committee either remove libraries from the bill or postpone it and meet with all relevant library stakeholders to write an amendment with greater consideration given to particular …

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Action Alert: SB22-004

Last month CLEL reached out to our members through email and an open meeting about a bill moving through Colorado’s Senate Education Committee that will affect public libraries tremendously; S.B. 22-004: – Evidence-based Training in Science of Reading. This Thursday, February 10, the Colorado Legislative Education Committee is meeting to discuss SB22-004. We need you …

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Leading From Where You Are: CLELCON21 Reflections

by Laura Buck / Douglas County Libraries What an inspiring speech we heard from our keynote speaker Lucia Gonzalez! In this time of uncertainty because of the pandemic, Lucia talked about how we are all on a personal journey. She graciously shared her story with us about coming to this country and finding solace in …

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CLELCON21 Reflections: So Hard to Choose!

Each year CLEL is able to provide scholarship opportunities to Colorado library staff and we ask our recipients to blog about their experience. Remember, if you attended CLELCON21 but missed one of the sessions mentioned here, not to worry! All sessions were recorded and are available on Whova for the next 6 months. Our first …

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