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Someone asked a great question about Storybox Special. How do you decide which books to put in your boxes? (If you don’t know about Storybox, click here to read more.)

Here’s the basic mix. Each box contains:

  • books that support at least one early literacy skill,
  • books that support a developmental task of children ages birth to five (for instance, a new baby in the family, learning about emotions,  or potty training),
  • bilingual books, and
  • at least one teacher resource book.

More specifically, each box will have at least:

  • 3 books for phonological awareness,
  • 1 book for letter knowledge,
  • 5 books for narrative skills,
  • 1 book for print awareness,
  • 2 books for print motivation,
  • 3 books for vocabulary,
  • 2-4 books for developmental tasks,
  • 2 bilingual books,
  • 1 seasonal book, and
  • 2 board books.

Each box contains about twenty-five books.

Through an El Pomar grant, we are wrapping up processing twelve new boxes and hope to start circulating them after January’s early literacy class. If you know anyone in Alamosa or Monte Vista who is a home childcare provider, let them know we’d love to have them join Storybox Special. There’s no cost to participate and the only requirement is to attend the one-time class.

Read on!

Babette

 

 

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It’s another Saturday and another day that I’m plugging away on my presentation for the ARSL conference coming up very soon in October in Denver. (I’ll also be at CAL in Loveland the week before, helping with the CLEL annual meeting and its early literacy un-conference.)

I love and adore teaching but don’t ever let anyone fool you into thinking it’s easy. Prepping is some of the hardest work I do.

But then presenting, ie teaching, time? It’s some of the most satisfying and rewarding work I do.

If you’re going to be at ARSL, drop me a comment or line. I’d love to see you while you are there!

And oh yeah, my presentation is titled “Early Literacy Storytimes: More than Eensy Weensy Spider.”

Hope to see you there,

Babette

P.S. Here’s the code for the acronyms: ARSL=Association for Rural and Small Libraries, CAL=Colorado Association of Libraries, and CLEL=Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy

33-35% of children start school already behind. What? Are they suffering from a lack of the latest educational toys? Did they not have access to and instruction in computers? Did their parents neglect them and not sign them up for baby gym, music, and ballet?

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No, they simply weren’t read to between the ages of birth and five.

33-35% of children in this country begin kindergarten not knowing how a book works, not being able to listen to a story, not being able to sing a song or nursery rhyme.

And all those “not’s” and more add up to a child not ready to learn to read. They add up to a child more likely to drop out of school, become a teen parent, spend time in juvenile or jail. Even if they fall into the best case scenario rather than the worst, they grow into young adults who “fail to launch.”

Want to learn more about the why’s and why not’s? Want to become part of the solution? Spend four hours with me on one Saturday–and then 10 minutes a day with a kid. Come find out more at an early literacy class I’m teaching here in Alamosa. (It’s Sept. 11, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Southern Peaks Public Library.)

You’ll learn what early literacy is (and isn’t), how it works, what resources are available (free) to encourage and promote it, and how to put its principles into action. The class is free and I promise I won’t waste your time. Just call the library at 719-589-6592 to register. Parents, teachers, childcare providers, and anyone else who cares about kids can gain from this class.

And you can even earn continuing ed credits. 🙂

(For those of you who care for kids in your home, join us Saturday and you can then sign up for Storybox Special! That’s all it takes to have book delivery to your home and your kids, free, every month!

Hope to see you there!

Babette

I forgot to mention in the post below that, if you want to join Southern Peak’s Storybox Special program, attendance at the early literacy class on January 23 will qualify your home childcare for that.

And that’s ALL that is required! 🙂

Come learn about early literacy and then every month, I will deliver to your door a box of books specially selected to support your efforts in developing early literacy skills in the children you care for. It’s truly free and truly a win-win for all concerned. You become a better caregiver, your children get ready for school in an age appropriate way, and the library reaches out to kids and families we might not ever see otherwise.

Scroll down the left-hand column to see more pictures of the Storybox Special and to read more about it.

Remember, the class is free,  you can earn continuing education credits, and you join Storybox just by attending. But I need you to pre-register so I can prepare enough hand-outs. Call the library at 719-589-6592.

See you there!

Babette

33-35% of children start school already behind. What? Are they suffering from a lack of the latest educational toys? Did

photo from flickr's The Commons

they not have access to and instruction in computers? Did their parents neglect them and not sign them up for baby gym, music, and ballet?

No, they simply weren’t read to between the ages of birth and five.

33-35% of children in this country begin kindergarten not knowing how a book works, not being able to listen to a story, not being able to sing a song or nursery rhyme.

And all those “not’s” and more add up to a child not ready to learn to read. They add up to a child more likely to drop out of school, become a teen parent, spend time in juvenile or jail. Even if they fall into the best case scenario rather than the worst, they grow into young adults who “fail to launch.”

Want to learn more about the why’s and why not’s? Want to become part of the solution? Spend four hours with me on one Saturday–and then 10 minutes a day with a kid. Come find out more at an early literacy class I’m teaching here in Alamosa. (It’s January 23, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Alamosa Family Recreation Center.)

You’ll learn what early literacy is (and isn’t), how it works, what resources are available (free) to encourage and promote it, and how to put its principles into action. The class is free and I promise I won’t waste your time. Just call the library at 719-587-3065 to register. Parents, teachers, childcare providers, and anyone else who cares about kids can gain from this class. And you can even earn continuing ed credits. 🙂

Hope to see you there!

Babette

CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy) has updated their website clel logoespecially their section for Baby Storytimes. (From the home page, just click on the Storytimes link on the left.)

Whether you’re a parent wondering why bother, a  librarian unsure about trying this, or a concerned (or perhaps skeptical) adult annoyed by all the noise, the following testimonial gives a great look at why babies (and parents) benefit from storytimes.

And for a librarian’s take on what happens in baby storytimes, read here.

We do have a baby storytime here at Southern Peaks Library; it’s called “Toddler Time” and it’s for ages birth to age 3ish. There’s lots of singing, rhymes & fingerplays, and movement–and even a few books! 😉 We really do have a lot of fun and would love to have you join us, Fridays at 10:30 a.m.!

Go Babies!

Babette

Come to Walmart in Alamosa on Thursday, October 8, from 3:30-6:30 p.m.theveryhungrycaterpillarl and be a part of breaking a record!

Jumpstart for Young Children is sponsoring Read for the Record, the one day world-wide reading of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Last year 700,000 children heard Corduroy. This year the goal is for 1 million children to all hear The Very Hungry Caterpillar on one day.

I’ll be at Walmart (one of the sponsors for Read for the Record) in Alamosa from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. reading to all children who want to be a part of the record breaking.

I’ll also have information on early literacy and Southern Peaks’ library services for adults.

Can’t make it to Walmart that day? You can still go to Jumpstart’s website and pledge to read to a child that day.  Every child counts–whether for the record breaking on October 8, or more especially, for the life and blessing they are to us all. Let’s give them the best.

Change a life; read to a child!

Babette

ArchitectsAs many Alamosa folks know, the City is working hard on options for building a new library (as well as police and fire departments).

Can’t build, though, until you know where you want to do it! 🙂

Two locations have been proposed: One directly behind the current location, using the space running from the library’s back parking lot, over eastward to the train, back through the parking lot on the south side of the park, and over to Hunt Avenue.

That’s roughly speaking, of course. (The important point is that it doesn’t run into the park).

The other location is the old Kmart building out west of town towards the Walmart.

Wednesday, September 2, 7 p.m., City Council would like to hear the public’s views on the possible site locations. If would like to speak, you are allowed up to 3 minutes. If you’d like to simply stand with others at the appropriate time to silently express your preference, there will likely be time for that as well.

Here’s a great chance to truly make a difference in the future of not just Alamosa but the entire Valley (we may be a city library but we do serve the whole Valley).

If you need to know more, feel free to email me with questions or see several issues of this week’s Valley Courier for articles.

Mark your calendars!

Babette

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It’s that time of year again! If you’ve been thinking about homeschooling, and you’re, or you need more info, or whatever! Come join me Thursday evening, August 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. here at Southern Peaks Public Library in Alamosa, CO.

I have homeschooled for fourteen years (my oldest is a junior in college now) and I am still going at it with my youngest. I’ve lived and schooled in three states, primarily in rural areas, and love providing folks with the info and resources to make the best educational decisions for their children. Homeschooling is not for every child or every family but it is one of many viable (and legal) educational choices we have for our children.

Hope to see you there!

Babette

This week of May 24 is dedicated to getting all the last minute matters for Summer Reading done. You won’t be hearing much from me here on the blog as a result. 😉 I will be back next week though.

Babette

  • catrow-spot-1June 3  Lisa Moore and The Penny Project by the Train
  • June 10  Games in the Park: Get Creative with Play, Cole Park
  • June 17  Christine Jones-Daboll, drama & music, by the Train
  • June 24  Games in the Park: Get Creative with Play, Cole Park
  • July 1  Peggy Godfrey,  Sidewalk Poetry, check back for location
  • July 8  Games in the Park: Get Creative with Play, Cole Park
  • July 15  Games in the Park: Get Creative with Play, Cole Park
  • July 22 Shadows & Journeys, Now or Never Theatre from Boulder,  CO, Special location: Boys & Girls Club, Alamosa
  • July 29  Games, Awards, and Ice Cream by the Train

OK now folks, I’m thrilled you’re so excited about summer reading coming up–but isn’t it a little early to be asking for details? It’s still only April! 😉 (Actually, I got my first call in March!) I promise I won’t let you miss anything!catrow-spot-1

But here’s the basic gory details for those who just can’t wait to hear:

  • Program dates are June 1 through July 31.
  • Flyers with program info will be available no later than May 15th. They will also be provided to Alamosa schools for teachers to send home.
  • Registration is encouraged but optional and will be available online. There is no registration deadline. (You’ve got enough going on; I don’t need to put a deadline on you too).
  • All programs will be on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.; most (but not all) will be held by the train. More info later.
  • Toddler Time (ages birth to 3-ish) will continue, date and times to be announced. Other storytimes will be on hold until September.
  • Reading goals will encourage reading a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Why? Because 15 minutes a day maintains kids’ reading levels until they are back in school.

And THAT is the most important thing about summer reading! 😉

Much, much more here later. Keep checking back.

Babette

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