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GRT Early Literacy Librarian Team
Growing Readers Together
Because of the significant work of the public libraries involved in Growing Readers Together (GRT), the project was extended at the beginning of 2020 for 3 years by Colorado Preschool Development Grant!
What does this mean for Growing Readers Together and Colorado's public libraries? Three Early Literacy Specialists became State Library staff as of May 15, 2019, and are offering numerous ways for libraries to enhance their existing early literacy programs. Think of this expansion as an opportunity to learn more about early literacy services, particularly those targeting informal child care providers, via an Interlibrary Loan of an Early Literacy Librarian, or at least by “checking them out” in digital format or other events in Colorado.
Meet the Growing Readers Together Early Literacy Librarian Team
Melody, Gail, and Kate
Melody, Gail, and Kate have been offering online and regional events to Colorado library staff and informal caregivers, and the community is engaged! You may already know one or more of them, as Melody, Gail, and Kate each bring years of experience in Colorado public libraries to their roles, including family and community engagement, active involvement in Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), and development of early literacy offerings in library settings. Since joining, they've immersed themselves in learning more about library services to informal child care providers, particularly with the local Growing Readers Together libraries that are national leaders in this emerging area of library services. They continue to launch a fantastic array of opportunities!
Here are some highlights of their efforts:
Success Cycle Webinars Growing Readers Together: Success Model Series
Download this worksheet (PDF) to use with each of the Success Model webinars.
The Colorado State Library's Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team is pleased to present GRT@Your Library, a four-part series of webinar learning opportunities for Colorado children's librarians and staff interested in developing or expanding their relationships with informal family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers in their communities. Join Gail Yerbic, Kate Brunner, and Melody Garcia on Tuesdays at noon beginning October 15th for an in-depth exploration of the GRT Success Cycle, a powerful tool for building impactful connections with your local FFN community.
During these webinars, the GRT Early Literacy Support Team will share more information about bringing early learning workshops for Family Friend and Neighbor caregivers to public libraries throughout the state. Any library potentially interested in hosting a GRT FFN workshop later this year will benefit greatly from attending the GRT@Your Library webinars in order to learn more about initiating and/or strengthening relationships with their communities' FFN caregivers before hosting.
These online learning opportunities will be hosted by the Colorado State Library via Adobe Connect. Each session will focus on one quarter of the four-part GRT Success Cycle. These webinars will build on each other, but do not have to be attended in order. All sessions will be archived and available for later or repeated viewing.
Play, Learn and Grow Workshops
We understand with COVID19 library closures, Play, Learn and Grow Workshops will have to wait until the risks have passed. When libraries gear back up, however, members of the team would love to come and co-host workshops at your library! Kate, Melody and Gail have developed two different playful and highly interactive programs that support informal child care providers in their work with young children. Programs focus on skills that support school readiness, such as early literacy and STEM programming for young children, and are completely free. In fact, the grant funding allows Growing Readers Together to include materials for caregivers to take home, as well as materials for your library to keep and use in future programs. This is a great opportunity for a library that's looking to get new ideas about early literacy programming and/or that's located in a community where child care resources are scarce. Libraries of all sizes and in all parts of the state are welcome to contact (Kate, Melody, Gail) to discuss scheduling a program or fill out or fill out this form.
If you would like to plan for a Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregiver Workshop, please submit please submit this form.
The GRT Early LIteracy Librarian team has had the pleasure of visiting libraries who have invited us based on a particular need. If you are wondering if we can help with your questions and initiatives, please contact us directly, (Kate, Melody, Gail) or fill out this form.
Informative Early Literacy Tips on Social Media
Growing Readers Together's Facebook page (@growingreaderstogether) is alive with ideas! With 2020's unexpected social distancing requirements, the team has prioritized timely news and information as well as daily early literacy activities (based on the Colorado Day by Day calendar) for Colorado libraries to use and share.
Colorado Early LIteracy Framework
Since early 2020, the Growing Readers Early LIteracy Librarian Team has participated in the development of an early literacy framework for Colorado public libraries. Face to face and online contributions from public library directors and children's librarians from across Colorado are helping produce this framework which will serve to guide public libraries' and Growing Readers Together's early literacy priorities. Please learn more about this ongoing process by tuning into Colorado State Library's Get Going - News and Announcements page.
In collaboration with Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy and the Association for Library Services to Children, Kate and Melody of the Growing Readers Together Team assisted with the development of a virtual storytime toolkit for libraries to expand quality online programming.
Join the webinar here and log in as a guest. No registration is required. Capacity for this webinar will be 100, on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you're not able to attend, the webinar will be archived for you to view later at your convenience.
Colorado Association of Libraries CAL is planning the 2020 Conference on September 10 - 12
And the GRT Early Literacy Librarian Team will present: The Missing Piece of the Early Childhood Puzzle: Family, Friend and Neighbor Caregivers.
Fall Youth Services Summer Reading Workshops
Dates for the annual Youth Services Summer Reading Workshops across Colorado are yet to be determined. Kate, Melody and Gail will work collaboratively with Beth Crist to facilitate useful information for summer reading programs.
If you are interested in learning more about how Growing Readers Together can support your library, please contact us.
- Kate Bruner, Regional Literacy Specialist - Southern Region: firstname.lastname@example.org / 720-355-2198
- Melody Garcia, Regional Literacy Specialist - Northern Region: email@example.com / 720-496-7629
- Gail Yerbic, Regional Literacy Specialist - Western Region: firstname.lastname@example.org / 720-355-2092
The team will also offer a preview of a variety of future early learning and community engagement opportunities coming this winter from Growing Readers Together, to include ways to bring the team directly to your library. If you already know you'd like to bring an early learning workshops for Family Friend and Neighbor caregivers to your library, please fill out the interest form here.
General Interest Form
If you are interested in learning more about how Growing Readers Together can support your library, please complete please complete this form.
FFN Workshop Form
If you are ready to host a Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregiver Workshop, please submit please submit this form.