Early Literacy and Summer Reading

As the end of the school year approaches, we know parents will soon be flocking into libraries everywhere looking for ways to keep their school-age kids reading over the summer. Summer reading is vital to students’ future success- not to mention a great way to pass those long summer days! It’s important though, that in the rush to keep our school-age kids motivated, we don’t forget our littlest readers. Early literacy needs to happen all year round, not just when big brother and sister are at school! With that in mind, here are a few great tips to pass on to parents brought to you by PBS Parents. Set aside a consistent time each day for reading aloud. Choose a read-aloud time that fits your

Zero to Three Annual Conference: Registration is open!

Our connections have power: the power to calm, the power to heal, the power to transform. Join ZERO TO THREE this December in New Orleans, as we help you Build the Powerful Connections you need to support young children and their families as they strive to achieve their full potential. ZERO TO THREE’s Annual Conference 2016 (formerly the National Training Institute - NTI) is your one-of-a-kind opportunity to be informed by experts and inspired by colleagues – make plans to attend today. For more information and to register click here.

EL Rock Star Award Nominations

Each year, CLEL recognizes two Champion awards: one organization and one individual who have supported our mission and goals. This year, we are adding an award that will be presented with the others at our conference on September 9th. The EL Rock Star award will go to an individual who has demonstrated exceptional work in early literacy. We are looking for nominations now and encourage you to write a few short paragraphs about an unsung hero or rising star on your library staff. Nominations can be sent to by June 30 to be considered for the 2016 EL Rock Star Award. Please feel free to nominate early and often!

2017 CLEL Bell Awards need you!

The 2017 CLEL Bell Awards Are Off to a Great Start! We are happy to announce the committee members for the 2017 CLEL Bell Picture Book Award Committee: Georgia Birmingham: Arapahoe Library District, Lisa Dengerick: Denver Public Library, Elizabeth Flores: Pueblo City-County Library District, April Freeman: Denver Public Library, Jill Hinn: Jefferson County Public Library, Susie Isaac: Cherry Creek Schools, Amika Kroll: Arapahoe Library District, Jennifer Miera: Denver Public Library, Nancy Milliken: High Plains Library District, Jeanette Urdahl: Douglas County Libraries. The committee is co-chaired by Rachel Hartman: Denver Public Library and Melody Garcia: Jefferson County Public Library. I

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