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Helping Low-Income Families

Helping Those Who Need It Most

A study published in June by the Urban Institute ("Childhood Poverty Persistence: Facts and Consequences") reports that children who are born into poverty have a significantly higher chance of remaining in poverty throughout their childhoods.

From the summary:

Promoting Early Literacy with Summer Reading Programs

Welcome to Summer Reading time! With so many families coming to the library for books and movies and programs, it's a great time to promote early literacy!

I wanted to share something my library is doing that I think is especially cool. At Arapahoe Library District, we have 4 programs every summer--one for babies and toddlers, one for kids, one for teens, and one for adults.

An Optimistic Look at the Future of Reading

We are all passionately committed to the idea of literacy, and sometimes we worry about the future of reading in an increasingly digital world. Here is a refreshing, positive look at the what might lie ahead, from Kristin McLean, executive director of the Association of Booksellers for Children. The Kids Are Alright! Why Digitization and E-books are Good for Literacy from the Publishing Perspectives.

I especially like this quote:

Cheerios Read-a-thon!

Are you on Facebook? If you are, you can join Cheerios' 6-million-minute read-a-thon! If 6,000,000 minutes of reading to kids are pledged by March 15, Cheerios will donate 250,000 books to First Book.

Keep the good vibes of Read Across America going throughout March!


Dr. Perri Klass on Language Development

A great follow-up to Mary's Thursday post is this New York Times article from Dr. Perri Klass, the national medical director for Reach Out and Read. Dr. Klass reminds us that speech delays can be related to any number of causes, from hearing loss to global developmental issues.

Early Literacy Testimony

“Public librarians have embraced their responsibility to be the first literacy coach for parents and caregivers of all children, especially children in low-income families,” says Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Washington Office, in filed testimony to Congress.

Family Literacy Storytime Book by Colorado Author!

Kathryn Totten, an Experience Expert with the Anythink Libraries in Adams County, wrote a new book called "Family Literacy Storytimes: Readymade Storytimes Suitable for the Whole Family"!

The book is published by Neal Schuman; you can read more about it on their site.

Food for Thought creates "A Colorado Storytime"

Free video while supplies last!

Friends of Food for Thought have created "A Colorado Storytime: Read-Aloud For Children and Parents." It's a one-hour DVD featuring guest readers reading books by Colorado authors, illustrators, and publishers, in English and Spanish.

Get an "Early Childhood" MLIS!

Fellowships for MLIS in Early Childhood Librarianship available at University of Denver, Library and Information Science Program

DU-LIS is the first MLIS program in the country to develop coursework and learning experiences in an interdisciplinary, experiential learning framework in consultation with public library, child development, and, early childhood education partners to prepare librarians to serve the early literacy and learning needs of their communities.


Telling stories together has always been a great way for grownups to play with their children. We know that telling stories and talking about stories helps develop children's language skills. Storybird is a brand-new online experience that gives parents, grandparents, caregivers a fun way to tell stories with their children--whether they live together or are thousands of miles apart!

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