Upcoming webinar: Libraries and Vroom- A Natural Partnership

Next Thursday, May 7th, from 12:00-1:00 pm MDT, we’ll be joined by Shelby Jones, who is the Vroom Program Director in Colorado for a discussion on Libraries and Vroom – A Natural Partnership. Vroom is making a concerted effort to establish greater partnerships with libraries this year, so Shelby will be sharing information about what […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites – Are Play Groups Right for Your Library? With Gail Yerbic

Playful learning is serious business in early childhood! It is a natural, everyday occurrence for children, and experts have proven its value with child development and success. Discover the different types of play groups out there, their purpose and potential impact, and why this may be a great niche for your library (in the spirit […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites – Activating the Hidden Senses at Storytime with Melody Garcia

Young children of all abilities learn best when their senses are fully activated, but did you know we use SEVEN senses to understand ourselves and our environment? Two “hidden senses,” the proprioceptive and vestibular senses, are essential for balance and body awareness and keep us alert and attentive. Learn how to plan storytimes that provide […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites – Full-Spectrum Literacy with Kate Brunner

Libraries have a long history of supporting children’s print literacy development. Now, as we move further into the 21st century, the concept of literacy and the learning demands on young children seem to be expanding. Technology, emotional intelligence, communication, executive function, citizenship, cultural competence, and more are becoming significant parts of a young child’s early […]

Growing Readers Together: Quick Bites Webinar Series Returns in April

Growing Readers Together returns with a fresh series of GRT Quick Bites for 2020! These 20 minute webinars are intended to refresh and inspire your children and family services though micro learning opportunities on programming, policies, and best practices for early learning at the library. Mark your calendar and make the most of your lunch […]

State Library Receives an additional $450,000 over 3 Years for Early Literacy in Libraries

In 2019, the Colorado State Library received a $150,000 Preschool Development Grant from the Colorado Department of Human Services to increase public library outreach to informal caregivers via 3 part-time regional early literacy librarians, professional development, and local library events and materials for family, friend, and neighbor caregivers (FFN). This funding has now been extended, […]

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 […]

Colorado Literacy Week is in Full Swing!

This week, Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera is leading a tour across the state, visiting small and large communities alike, to build excitement for reading. Colorado Literacy Week draws public attention to the critical importance of early learning and to launch numerous efforts that will put Colorado’s children on a path to reading success. Colorado Literacy […]

Upcoming GRT@Your Library Webinar: Look & Listen with Gail & Kate

Join Gail & Kate on October 15, 2019 at 12:00 pm to learn about the GRT Outreach Success Cycle. We’ll investigate how to spark new community conversations about FFN care in our area, look beyond our library walls, and gain a clearer understanding of our communities’ early childhood landscapes as we begin to build or […]

Registration is Now Open for Fall Youth Services Workshops

Registration for four Fall Youth Services Workshops is now open! Please click on a link below to take you to the simple registration form for your selected workshop. All workshops will run from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, and the same content will be covered on each date – see below for a description of each session. […]

Four Part Outreach Webinar Series from Growing Readers Together Kicks Off in October

The Colorado State Library’s Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team is pleased to present GRT@Your Library, a four-part series of webinar learning opportunities for Colorado children’s librarians and staff interested in developing or expanding their relationships with informal family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers in their communities. Join Gail Yerbic, Kate Brunner, and […]

Colorado State Library announces 4th year of Growing Readers Together

The Colorado State Library is pleased to announce that the Buell Foundation board voted to fund Growing Readers Together (GRT) for another year.  During 2019-20, which will be GRT’s 4th year of operation, fourteen library systems, representing 20 individual library locations, will participate in the grant program. The list of participating library systems during 2019-20 […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites: Right Size Your Early Literacy Programming

So many great ideas and only so much time– how do you choose? Join Gail Yerbic from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for some “Quick Bites” tools to align your library’s goals and resources for maximum impact while keeping your schedule manageable. GRT Quick Bites are 20-minute micro-learning opportunities designed for busy […]

Friday Grab Bag, August 23, 2019

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. Survey Please help us improve the Friday Grab Bag by taking a short survey. Your response is anonymous. Thank you in advance for your feedback. Now, let’s open the […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites Session – Refining Your Early Literacy Message

You know that every song you sing and book you share at storytime helps kids get ready to read, but how do you impart your knowledge to caregivers? Join Melody Garcia from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for a “Quick Bites” look at a simple ways to capitalize on teachable […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites Session – Creating Synergy: Weaving Together Early Learning Services

Early learning comes in many shapes and sizes and impacts all areas of growth in the first 5 years. During this time, the foundation is created for later success in life. Join Gail Yerbic from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for a “Quick Bites” look at how to weave together […]

Friday Grab Bag, August 2, 2019

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″] Festival Season All aboard! It’s full steam ahead for Jefferson County Public Library’s future readers and their families […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites Session – Caregiver Café: What Is It & How Do I Host One?

Wondering what a family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregiver is or how to connect with the FFNs in your community? Join Kate from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for a “Quick Bites” look at a simple, but impactful program you can use to jumpstart relationship building and outreach to this […]

Introducing GRT Quick Bites: An Early Learning Webinar Series

The Colorado State Library’s Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team is pleased to present GRT Quick Bites – 20 Minute Topics, a new series of early literacy micro-learning opportunities for Colorado children’s librarians and staff interested in enhancing their library’s early learning services and programs. Join Gail Yerbic, Kate Brunner, and Melody Garcia […]

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 […]