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, […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites – Process Over Product: Explore the Magic of Open Ended Creativity

Offering young children the opportunity to explore with art materials without a product in mind unleashes their creativity and engages young minds. Process art can come in many forms, from truly messy, free form projects, to easy adaptions to a storytime craft. Join Melody Garcia from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support […]

Upcoming GRT Quick Bites – Brilliant Baby Brains: Early Learning & 0-5 Brain Development

Babies are born with over 100 billion neurons and trillions of synapses. From this abundance of raw material, an incredible sculpting process takes place in a young child’s brain over their first years of life. Join Kate Brunner from our new Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team for a “Quick Bites” look at […]

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 […]

Friday Grab Bag, August 9, 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″] Dog Days Dogs aren’t just great pets, they’re also amazing workers! There are therapy dogs, service dogs, and […]

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 […]

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 […]