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How Going on a Bear Hunt Can Build Early Literacy

Sightings of bears – stuffed bears, that is – are on the rise in Colorado this spring. But there’s no reason to be alarmed. Big bears and little bears peek out from windows and porch swings. Kids scour the area on foot, scooters, and bikes, some dressed in safari clothes and toting binoculars. With schools closed during the coronavirus pandemic, families are venturing out on safe, socially distanced bear hunts in their own neighborhoods. When playdates and trips to the library have been put on hold, scavenger hunts like these provide a way to stay active and engaged. With a little creativity, scavenger hunts can also boost early literacy. To set the stage, begin by reading Michael Rosen’s ca

What If Accessibility is a Right, Not a Request?

As of the date this blog post was written, Governor Polis’ statewide stay-at-home order remains in effect until April 26th. Many school districts in the Denver Metro area recently announced their decision to utilize remote learning for the rest of the school year. It seems clear that it will be awhile before we’re back to “business as usual.” Our buildings may be closed, but libraries are still finding creative ways to serve their communities! Libraries are chatting with users from afar, signing up folks for digital access cards, streaming online storytimes, hosting virtual book clubs and more. As we explore online programming and connecting with our communities in new ways, I encourage us t

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