Wednesday, June 28, 2017

So Long, Farewell

In February of 2010, our freshly appointed Early Literacy Specialist, Jenna, had a wonderful idea. She started a new library blog and described it in this way: "This blog is designed to highlight all of the fun and engaging things you can be doing with your children before they go to school. I'll highlight favorite read-alouds, developmental tips, updates about our library storytimes, and suggestions to help you as parents and caregivers be your child's first and best teacher."

"Just in case you’re wondering what the term 'Early Literacy' actually means, it is simply everything children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Early literacy is a baby who chews on a book, a toddler who wants his favorite book read over and over, and a preschooler who 'reads' the story to you from memory."

Over the years since then, most of us in the Youth Services department have contributed blog posts at different times to Open Shut Them. In the process, we’ve offered some of the early literacy tips that help guide our storytime planning, and featured new research related to kids and reading readiness. We’ve tried to assist all of you in navigating the sea of new books that are published each year, selecting a few of our absolute favorites to share with you. In addition, we’ve tried to approach reading and literacy in a sensible, but humorous fashion, knowing that some days that can be helpful.

Now it’s time to move on to new endeavors here at the library. This post will be the final one in the Open Shut Them series, but our Children’s website will continue to offer plentiful reading suggestions, as well as opportunities to learn about new ways to foster a love of reading in your children.

For additional reading suggestions for kids, please visit our kids' website. There are lots of ways to read, learn, and play there, as well as stay informed about all of the special programs we have planned for you and your family. You can also subscribe to receive your choice of reading suggestions by email. And keep your eye on our library's Facebook page, where we will always have up-to-date information on what’s happening at the library.

An additional option is to check out the Parent and Caregiver Resources section of our web page, which features Library Services, Research Databases, and Web Links for child- and parent-centered web sites.

Most importantly, please continue to visit us in the library! We are always happy to see you and to share some of our favorite new books with you. It has always been, and continues to be, our pleasure to join you and your children on their journey to literacy!

Guest post by Bridget W.

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