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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Creating Full Brain Activities

You’ve probably heard that our brains have a left and a right side. The left side of the brain is the one responsible for organizing our thoughts and makes us think logically. The right side of our brain is the emotional half; we have it to thank for our feelings. What does this mean for […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The 5 Early Literacy Practices: Talk

“This post is one in a series about the five literacy practices of sing, play, read, talk, and write.” What is talk? For this post, the definition of talk will be: “The act of emitting sounds with the intention of communicating a specific desire, need or thought” Have you ever seen a baby babbling to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Resource Sharing

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! What’s New at the Colorado State Library

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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, […]

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To be Bilingual; Benefits of knowing two languages

In this country where I’m living now, or to be more specific, the state where I am now living, Colorado, I have developed a new hobby, thanks to my husband. I am talking about skiing! Even though I have only gone to ski two times, I already consider myself a “ski addict”. The second time […]

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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! What’s New at the Colorado State Library This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility […]

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Lifelong Literacy

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 […]

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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 […]

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“The Library” or La Biblioteca (English version)

For those who don’t know me, my name is Pamela Mejia. I was born and lived all my life in the Dominican Republic until 2016, the year I got married to my husband from Colorado. We’ve been married 1 year and 7 months, the same amount of time I have lived in this state. Before […]

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“The Library” or La Biblioteca (Spanish version)

Para aquellos que no me conocen, mi nombre es Pamela Mejia, nací y viví toda mi vida hasta los 27 años en la Republica Dominicana. Año en que me case con mi actual esposo proveniente de Colorado. Llevamos 1 y 7 meses de casados, lo mismo que llevo viviendo en Colorado. Antes de vivir aquí, […]

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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 […]

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2018 One Book 4 Colorado Voting is Open!

We’re excited to launch the One Book 4 Colorado (OB4CO) voting period today! Each spring through OB4CO, public and military libraries distribute a copy of the same book in English or Spanish to 4-year-olds across the state—75,000 copies! In 2018, this giveaway period will occur April 9-23, and the public voting process helps select the […]

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Upcoming Bright By Three Webinar- Save the Date!

On Tuesday, December 12th, 10 – 11am, Growing Readers Together will be hosting a webinar with Ashleigh Kirk, Colorado Outreach Director for Bright By Three. Bright by Three’s mission is  “to provide a bright beginning for all Colorado children by helping families support their children’s physical, emotional, and intellectual development during the critical first three years of […]

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Bedtime Storytime

Bedtime is a great time for adult caregivers to read books and comfort children before going to sleep. In this last moment of the day, you can develop your child’s early literacy skills by holding a Bedtime Storytime. Read *Book Suggestions (Check availability at your closest library): • Dinosaur vs. Bedtime, by Bob Shea (Hyperion, […]