2019 Early Literacy Tour Recap

This post was written by Sharon Morris, Director of Library Development for the Colorado State Library. Last week, Colorado Lt. Governor Dianne Primavera visited three libraries and three schools to promote early literacy. I was along with her, which was particularly fun for me because it taps into my years as a children’s librarian and outreach […]

New Grant Opportunities

Grants Encourage Innovative Projects to Enhance the Lives of Young Children Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood:  The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood supports nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that offer programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education, or quality of life of children from infancy through seven years of age. The […]

Early Literacy Expansion in Colorado Public Libraries

Because of the significant work of the public libraries involved in Growing Readers Together (GRT) and the State Library staff leading GRT (Joyce Johnson, in particular), libraries are included in the 2019 Colorado Preschool Development Grant. What’s this mean? Three Early Literacy Specialists became State Library staff as of May 15th. We like to think […]

Growing Readers Together Initiative Receives Preschool Development Grant

Public libraries are early literacy leaders in their communities. In recognition and expansion of this mission, Growing Readers Together (GRT), an initiative of the Colorado State Library, is pleased to announce the receipt of $150,000 through the Preschool Development Grant. This federal grant, administered locally by the Office of Early Childhood (OEC) in the Colorado […]

State Library Renews Support for ReadingRecord Summer Reading Tracking Software

The Colorado State Library has once again renewed their support for ReadingRecord summer reading tracking software!  ReadingRecord is a web-based application for libraries to track reading program participants. It is a cloud (hosted) service, meaning that no additional equipment is required to use ReadingRecord. It can be used to track most any kind of reading […]

5 Early Literacy Practices for Babies

For: Caregivers/Parents Ages: Birth-2 Years The love of books and reading starts when we are born. As care providers, parents, and teachers, we need to connect the experience of reading and learning with a ludic/game activity or experience. When you connect a learning or reading experience with a fun experience, your child will associate the […]

Summer Reading 2018: Libraries Rock! The Importance of Music in Early Child Development

The 2018 Summer Reading theme is “Libraries Rock!” This theme gives us plenty of opportunities to create full brain activities through teachable moments. Music is considered a means of both expression and learning for children. As caregivers, parents, librarians, and teachers, we encounter young children that struggle with expressing their emotions and feelings through words. […]

Let’s Grow Readers this Summer!

The best thing about summer reading is the weather. The longer and sunnier days make this the warmest season of the year. As a child, the most exciting part of the summer was getting to spend time with my family, friends, and neighbors. A very active and curious kid, my summers represented extra time to […]

Parents are a Child’s First and Most Important Teacher

This blog post originally appeared on CO4Kids.org The early years — from a child’s birth to age eight — are critically important for all areas of learning and development. That includes children’s health and physical development, emotional and behavioral development, as well as logic and reasoning. Early experiences and relationships shape how a child’s brain […]

Getting Ready for Kindergarten With My Library : Language Development

Getting Ready for Kindergarten using the “Colorado Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar“ And our Libraries   Part 2: Language Development When we look for the definition of language in the dictionary, it tells us that language is the tool humans use for expressing thoughts, needs, desires, and also to communicate with others. The famous […]

Reading Aloud at Home: Connecting books with Early Literacy Activities

We talk so much about the five early literacy practices: Read, Talk, Write, Sing and Play, and their importance to your child’s brain development in the areas of language, cognition, socio-emotional and fine-gross motor skills. But did you know that by reading aloud with your child, having a shared reading or participating in storytime at […]

Friday Grab Bag, February 9, 2018

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag! [row cols_nr=”2″ class=”narrow”] [col size=”6″] Health and Aging Learn the basics of memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Kelly Osthoff from the Alzheimer’s […]

The 5 early Literacy Practices: PLAY

 “This post is one in a series about the five literacy practices of sing, play, read, talk,  and write.” Play has been called “the work of children” and for good reason! It is through play that children learn to interact in their environment, discover their interests, and acquire speech, language, new vocabulary, and cognitive, motor, […]

Friday Grab Bag, January 26, 2018

The Friday Grab Bag is a weekly series that highlights fun, unique, and interesting happenings in Colorado libraries, and includes news from the Colorado State Library. Let’s open the Friday Grab Bag! [row cols_nr=”2″ class=”narrow”] [col size=”6″] Make, Create, Grow! Estes Valley Library is hosting a launch party for their new Makerspace, January 29 at […]

Getting Ready for Kindergarten with My Library (Part 1)

   Getting Ready for Kinder using the “Colorado Day by Day Family Literacy Calendar” And our Libraries     Part 1: Social Emotional Development   Social development is a huge part of growing up, but what is Social Development? Social development involves learning the values, knowledge and skills that enable children to relate to others effectively. This kind […]

The 5 Early Literacy Practices: Sing

“Gallina=chicken, puerta=door, ventana=window y pluma=pen” Those are words of a traditional rhyme back in my country. Even though I didn’t know English when I learned that song, I was probably around 3 years old, I knew the letters of that song to perfection. Music is recognized as a universal feature of human cognition: every healthy […]