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Banned Books Week Friday Fun

In honor of Banned Books Week, I found this inspirational video from an independent bookseller in Arizona, Bookmans.  People, young and old, read lines from challenged books with lightbulbs above their heads.  I have to admit, I got a tear in my eye.  The lines really spoke to me about the importance of reading.  I hope you enjoy the video Bookmans Does Banned Books Virtual Read out.

Sensory Storytime at Douglas County Libraries

Recently, Douglas County Libraries has implemented Sensory Enhanced Storytimes.  The storytimes are geared to kids on the autism spectrum and differently abled children at the preschool level.  YourHub Highlands Ranch wrote an article this past week about the program.  It includes a couple fun photos of the kids at storytime and explains what the storytellers are doing with the program.  Please enjoy the YourHub article.  I

If You Give Andrea the CLEL 12

At the annual meeting, I was asked to write a blog post about my experiences completing the CLEL 12 . So here it goes:

If you hire a new librarian to be the early literacy advocate for the
district, she's going to want to join an organization like CLEL. She'll
get so excited about all the opportunities available, she'll invite
others to join. She'll even introduce herself as a CLEL member at CAL
and Motheread trainings.

When she introduces herself, she'll want to share some knowledge by

Early Literacy Minute

Vicki Hays would like to share some of the information she shared at the CLEL Annual Meeting:

Early Literacy Online Resource Guide

Those of you who were able to attend the recent annual meeting heard about Vivienne Houghton's wonderful Early Literacy Online Resource Guide, created as the capstone project of her Master's program at the University of Denver.  It's packed with information about what EL information can be found on Colorado library's websites, definitions and descriptions, and even resources in other languag

New ECRR Information Added to Website

If you've poked around this website at all recently, you may have noticed some additional pages: we've updated the "Every Child Ready to Read" section to include the 2nd revision: aka the "5 Practices."

CLEL Annual Meeting Registration Now Open!

Registration for the CLEL 2012 Annual Meeting is now open! We're looking forward to an engaging day of learning, networking, sharing, and more (did somebody say... prizes!?). More information about the meeting is on our annual meeting page, and you can read the full agenda here.

Job Opening: Early Literacy Senior Librarian, Denver Public Library

Denver Public Library is seeking candidates for their Full Time Early Literacy Senior Librarian position. Visit this page to learn more and here to apply.


Texas Women's University Receives Grant to Create "Literacy Matters" Program for LIS Students

Texas Women's University (TWU) in Denton, Texas is joining the University of Denver in offering a program for library students specializing in early literacy.

Poverty and Early Cognitive Development: What's The Connection?

CLEL member Babette R. has written a wonderful summary of a recently-released study that indicates that poverty has a greater impact on a child's cognitive development than early childhood education, whether or not a parent reads to the child. She concludes, and rightly so, that early childhood education, while important, will not close the achievement gap if we do not also work to eradicate poverty.

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