5 Facts about StoryBlocks

As CLEL and Rocky Mountain PBS prepare to film even more of these great videos, let's take a moment to highlight why this is an amazing tool for libraries and their patrons! 1. StoryBlocks feature 5 different languages- and are always looking to expand! It would be awesome to have someone on staff who can communicate with everyone, but that is often not a reality especially for smaller libraries. This tools allows us to communicate the importance of early literacy and share some strategies without having to speak the same language. 2. StoryBlocks has two different types of videos- songs and spoken rhyme. These videos are great way to expand the story time repertoire of librarians and support

Yoga Story Time

With a sports and fitness themed summer reading program approaching, I wanted to feature the blog of Children's Librarian Andrea Clealand. Andrea has created a unique series of yoga storytimes perfect to get our littlest patrons up and moving this summer! Andrea writes, "Once a month I hold two sessions of a yoga storytime for ages 3-6 and their grown-ups. This storytime is 30 minutes in length with an additional 15 minutes for a craft or mandala coloring at the end. We read one book and then act it out in yoga poses; repetition is SO good for learning! We also practice some form of sun salutation, dancing, pranyama (breathing exercises), and savasana (final resting pose)." Andrea has 13 dif

Keep the fun going by turning flannel boards into activities!

Flannel boards are great addition to any story time. They are engaging, interactive, and well, fun! I personally have spent a great deal of times creating a flannel board for a particular topic, just to have it sit in a drawer until the topic came up next year. While I was doing some browsing I came across this great idea by Leah K from Sunflower Storytime. Leah created a cute penguin flannel board for her penguins and polar bears storytime and then turned it into a color matching activity for her little learners! You can print Leah's board and get other great ideas here.

CLEL Bell Awards 2016!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Denver, Colorado, February 5, 2016—The Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy announces the winners for the third year of the Bell Picture Book Awards. The winning titles are: READ Sloth Slept On, by Frann Preston­Gannon (New York: Sterling Children’s Books, 2015) A group of children discover an animal sleeping in a tree. They set out to discover what the animal is and where it comes from by reading books, comparing it to other animals, looking at a globe, and telling their own stories about the creature. The various examples of print and reading in Sloth Slept On show the importance of reading not only books, but also signs, newspapers and globes to discover new and imp

Indoor Pinterest Fun- From the trenches

We're all familiar with Pinterest and all the amazing ideas you can find. From program ideas to displays, it's a world of seemingly do-able ideas right? And yet, how often have you gotten 15 minutes into a project or program and realized "This does not look right..." ? I too have faced this battle both at home with my own kids and with my patrons at the library, so I wanted to share a win and offer some ideas on how you could adapt it to a library program- as well as how it applies to early literacy. Pintrest Idea: Baking Soda Car Wash. I was snowed in with my kids for the last three days and gave this one a whirl. As you can see from the pictures, my two year old loved it, and even my 8 yea

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