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Initiatives and Services

Colorado State Libraries Early Learning and Literacy

Initiatives and Services

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Growing Readers Together

Growing Readers Together is a specific initiative focusing on early literacy and support for Family, Friend, and Neighbor childcare. Grant opportunities and early literacy services are funded by the Buell Foundation and the Colorado Department of Early Childhood, and are provided at no cost to Colorado libraries. 

Early frameworks

This Early Literacy Framework for Colorado public libraries is intended to point to the next level of early literacy in public libraries for 2020 through 2025. The Colorado State Library recognizes that libraries prioritize their funds, staff, and resources based on their local needs and goals even as they have varied resources, funding, and staff for early literacy.

Play Learn Grow

The Play, Learn and Grow workshop was created by the Growing Readers Together team, and it includes a video (DVD available), a facilitator guide, and participant activity sheets. It can be hosted in one longer session or divided into (up to) four shorter sessions. With the facilitator's packet, library staff can host independently or invite a Growing Readers Together early literacy librarian to co-host. To learn more, please contact us.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

This program is a partnership with the Colorado Department of Education, State Library, local library systems, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Libraries across the state are offering two "Check Out State Parks" passes, each for distribution with an activity backpack containing binoculars, brochures and other educational materials to library patrons.

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Colorado is a member of the Collaborative Summer Library Program and the Colorado State Library offers resources to help you make your summer reading program a success!

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Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries

SPELL was an IMLS funded project involving several Colorado libraries that concluded in 2016. The SPELL project's focus was to determine best ways to support parents and caregivers in their early literacy efforts through libraries. The effort uncovered many insights which led to recommendations for best practices. For more information, please contact Kate Compton, Early Literacy Consultant.