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This grant has several elements.  This is to help us all keep track of everything!

Posters

Kathy O'Leary has created some beautiful posters to encourage engagement between parents and children!  You can print 8.5 x 11 copies from here (save the file first, then print).  We also have some extra copies, so let me know if you want a 12x18 inch copy.  

Reading One

Reading Two

Playing One

Playing Two

Talking One

Talking Two

Workshops

Participating libraries in the grant project will be able to get mileage reimbursement for one of these workshops.  If you carpool with another participant, you will be able to get reimbursement for both!  There will be other opportunities in the fall, watch for updates.

ApJim Gillril 24:  Brains at Play. Public Library, Eau Claire. Register by April 17.

10:15-12:15 AM:  Dr. Dipesh Navsaria will give his talk Books Build Better Brains, with bonus brainstorming about ways to reach out to families who don't come into the library with resources and information.

1-4 PM:  Jim Gill will bring his inimitable style, music, and fun for an energetic presentation about how PLAY is important to children's development, and suggestions for ways to incorporate play into your programs and services.

May 15:  Storytimes for Everyone with Saroj Ghoting.   WITC Conference Center, Rice Lake.  9:30-4:30  Register by May 8.

Saroj Ghoting is a noted early literacy consultant and librarian.  She has been providing training about Every Child Ready to Read around the country for years.  This workshop will focus on incorporating elements of the five literacy practices (Sing, Read, Talk, Play, Write) into storytimes and sharing information with parents and caregivers.

 Partners

·         Keep me posted on specific organization names, and the name of at least one contact with their email address!  I’ll hope to have that by March 10.

·         Your job is to work with partners to increase your reach so that more families and caregivers have access to the information and resources they need to support early childhood development.  Please be open to your partners’ suggestions!  This could include (but is not limited to):

o   Collaborating to provide parent and/or childcare providers with information about how to support early literacy with workshops or hands-on events for parents and children

o   Providing deposit collections at childcare centers for teachers to use

o   Establishing a way of including early literacy tips into other interactions (doctor visits with Reach Out and Read and things like that)

·         IF you are having any trouble or want to brainstorm about finding a partner, I am very interested in helping! 

 

Mini-grants

Each library will have access to $500.  That money is to be used for one of three things—or some of each:

·         Enhancing your resources for providing high quality storytime (parachutes, scarves, storytelling aids, big books, multiple copies of board books, or even your own storytime curriculum like Mother Goose on the Loose)

·         Enhancing stations in your library that encourage parent/child engagement (play areas and materials with an emphasis on exploration and imaginative play).

·         Things to help in your outreach effort, which could include

o   Deposit collections for a few daycare centers (or other locations)

o   Book give-aways at specific outreach locations (WIC Distribution sites, clinics, etc.)

o   Brochure printing (including extra copies of Growing Wisconsin Readers)

Before spending mini-grant funds, here is what you need to do:

·         Tell me about your plans

·         Send me the contact information for your partner organization(s)

 

Other Goodies

·         A buddy-system—this will be open to all IFLS libraries, but grant participants will have to participate—you’ll be paired with another librarian to share information, ideas, encouragement about increasing the quality of early literacy offerings at your libraries.  More information coming on that in the next couple of weeks.

·         Training (flyers coming in the next week!)  Please invite your partner agencies and anyone else you want to these workshops.  More training opportunities next fall, too!

·         Improved story kits and at least one additional kit

·         More resources at IFLS for planning storytimes

·         Beautiful posters and flyers for you to distribute promoting early literacy practices