2017 Bell Awards Short List is out!

The Bell Awards Committee has selected the shortlist titles for the 2017 award. Five titles have been selected for each of the early literacy practices, Read, Write, Talk, Sing, and Play. View the complete shortlists on the Bell Awards page. The winners will be announced February 5th. While the selection committee is responsible for the final decision, we value your input. All register CLEL members will receive a survey via email and anyone can join the discussion on our Goodreads page. We have had yet another year of strong titles that support and model the early literacy practices. All of the titles on our shortlists and the numerous nominated titles are an excellent resource for storytime

New Steering Committee Members

Congratulations to our new Steering Committee Members and thank you to all who ran and participated in this year's election. We are looking forward to the future of CLEL in the coming year! Stella Fowler, Branch Library Specialist, Boulder Public Library I have been a Children’s Branch Specialist at the George Reynolds Branch of Boulder Public Library since February of 2012. Last year, I was co-chair of the CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee for 2016 and had a marvelous time reading Moo! to the 2015 CLEL conference. Before that, I was a member of the CLEL Bell Awards Selection Committee for 2015. I feel privileged to have attended Mother Goose On the Loose taught by Betsy Diamant-Cohen w

CATS 2017 Winter Workshop

Come join CATS (Children and Teen Services Division of CAL) in Colorado Springs at Library 21c on January 30th 2017 for its Winter Workshop! The cost is $45 for CAL members, $50 for nonmembers; registration is now open- click here. Don’t miss this exciting day of learning and networking especially for youth services library staff: 9:00 Library doors open 9:15 Welcome and Introductions 9:30-10:15 Opening Session: Robin Kurz, Emporia State University: Missing from Our Shelves: Librarian Censorship of GLBTQ Youth Titles 10:30-11:15 Breakout Session One (choose one): Katniss for President! Creative Ways to Partner With Schools (Teen) Fun is the Final Product: Process Art for Toddlers and

Early Childhood Communication Efforts in Colorado

Quality research and information about early childhood learning is a great tool to enhance programing and library usage. A great resource for this has recently become available thanks to the Early Childhood Leadership Commission. The Early Childhood Leadership Commission is pleased to share the Early Childhood Communication Efforts in Colorado - a report developed through the work of the Early Childhood Communication Collaborative which examines the state of communication efforts from the perspective of parents, caregivers, and providers. This process is aligned with and informed by state-wide shared messaging efforts. For more information about ECLC and to read the report click here.

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