Save the Date for CLEL 2018!

CLEL’s 2018 conference has a date and a venue! To avoid overlapping with some of our state’s other great library conferences, we’ve decided to move our conference back a month. Mark your calendars: CLEL 2018 will take place on Friday, October 12, at a new space for us, the Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities, which should give us room to grow. Registration opens this summer, with proposals accepted during the spring. Start thinking about ideas you could share! Stay tuned here and on CLEL's Facebook page for more details as they become available.

Sticks and Stones Story Time

This blog post is brought to you by Deb Kaufmann. She recently did this preschool story time with a group and it was hugely successful. Have fun! Here is a storytime I did recently that included all of my favorite things: nature, pretend play, gross motor skills, early literacy skills, imagination, music, STEM and books. The theme was “Sticks”. I love building storytimes around objects or activities from everyday life so families can see that life and the world around them is the best curriculum for young children. This is what we did: Opening verses and songs: “I Wiggle My Fingers” and “These Are My Glasses” Book: Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry Rhythm Sticks: “This Old Man” Before we beg

New Year, New Challenge!

New Year, New Challenge: 500 books before 5! Parents and caregivers are the first education providers during the 0-5 early critical years. Reading has been associated as an early indicator of academic success. Have you heard about: “The 1000 Books Before Kindergarten challenge”? It’s simple: read any book with your child, with the goal of reading 1,000 before kindergarten. The objectives of this program: promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers encourage parent and child bonding through reading You can find this program at your local library! On January 20 2018, Pikes Peak Library District (PPLD) is hosting a KICK OFF ACTIVITY FOR FREE. They will be offering free rolling suitcases

Fun is the Final Product

Craft programs can be intimidating. What if it gets messy? What if I run out of supplies? With process art, the goal is to forget the prepared supplies and embrace the mess! Open-ended exploration of materials and techniques gives children autonomy. A different skill set is used when children come up with the answer to a question themselves, as opposed to being given certain options. The chances for creativity are increased, and they get to answer the open-ended question of “What if…?” What if I color on sandpaper? What if I use this pop bottle as a stamp? They get to make the decisions! The developmental benefits of process art include: Autonomy and self-expression Cooperative skills, inclu

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