Intentionality, Interactivity, and Community:
Building Blocks for Effective Early Learning Programming at Public Libraries​

Presented by:

Dr. Kathleen Campana
Assistant Professor, School of Information
Kent State University

J. Elizabeth Mills
PhD Candidate, Information Science
University of Washington Information School​

What do you see as the future of early learning in public libraries? With the recent news on the Every Child Ready to Read initiative, how do librarians continue to position themselves as early learning leaders in their communities? Many libraries offer a variety of programming for children ages 0-5 that is intended to help them be ready for success in school, but how could these programs be more effective and expand their reach to impact the whole community? Our research-based framework of intentionality, interactivity, and community, which is grounded in our studies of storytimes, early learning, and outreach strategies, can provide the necessary building blocks for a robust approach to early learning programming that reaches and impacts your community both inside and outside your library’s walls, and focuses on supporting community aspirations for success in school and lifelong learning. ​

Presentation slides here.​​


Add Some Sparkle: Using Your Ukulele in Storytime – Barbara Hoff, Pikes Peak Library District

Using CLEL Bell Awards Books as Early Literacy Resources – Alicia Griebel, Pueblo City-County Library District; and Leigh Ramey, Westminster Public Library

Bilingual Children at Storytime: Theory and Practice – Lupita Ramos and Nadia Rendon, Denver Public Library

Collective Leadership for Early Literacy Professionals – Cassandra O’Neill, COAEYC

The Brain Architecture Game – Joyce Johnson, Colorado State Library​

Dive Into Books: Dialogic Reading in Storytime – Lisa Dengerink, Denver Public Library

Process Art: A Crafty Way to Play – Lisa Cole, Jefferson County Public Library

From Readaloud to Independent Reader: Helping Storytime Families Through the Transition – Amy Forrester and Jamie Chowning, Denver Public Library

Empowering Voices: Building Relationships in Your Community – Kathy Katt, Broomfield Library

Read to Me So I Can See: Visual Literacy and Picture Book Illustrations – Dr. Jennifer Geringer, University of Wyoming

Balancing the Scale: Weighing Early Math and Early Literacy – Jessica Fredrickson and Lauren Graham, Arapahoe Libraries

“Next Level Leadership”: Early Literacy Programs as Agents of Change – Beth Crist and Joyce Johnson, Colorado State Library

many thanks to our generous sponsor:

Colorado Association for the Education of Children (COAEYC)