October 30, 2014

We just bought some rhythm sticks for my library, and I'm really excited to use them in toddler and preschool storytimes. There are so many benefits to using them, and here's the early literacy tip I plan to share next week before we break into our rhythm stick songs:...

October 20, 2014


A coworker of mine passed along this article today, and I thought it would be valuable to share with all of you. It sheds light on the concept of talking with young children to build their awareness of words and their pre-literacy skills.  Many of us likely remember r...

October 14, 2014



Call for Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL) Steering Committee members!


CLEL is looking for enthusiastic CLEL members who would like to serve on our Steering Committee! 

We have 3 spots to fill for 2015-17.  CLEL members will...

October 13, 2014



How much time is too much time for young children to be absorbed in a computer screen?  Will technology ever take the place of human interaction?  These hot-button questions are not going away anytime soon.  As opinions become more heated, research will continue to b...

October 8, 2014

Here's a reminder I recently sent out in our library's Early Literacy Newsletter, and I think it would also be a great one to share in storytime: "Do you ever wonder why we sing so much in storytime? Because research shows it helps your child learn. Singing teaches new...

October 6, 2014

Our storytimes often include songs like “Ram Sam Sam” and books like “Boom Snot Twitty,” both of which serve to improve language acquisition skills in young children but are made up of “nonsense” words.  “Even though these words might not make sense, they are building...

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