This Week in SALS Youth Services

November 13, 2015

Short and sweet

On November 11th, I attended the GlobalFoundries, Fab8 Open House with Laura Clark from the Saratoga Springs Public Library. My motivation were these words in the event description: "Cultural Diversity Showcase - Fab 8 brings over 50 different cultures to this region. Meet our employees to be introduced to their cultural backgrounds." This was a family event and it was an opportunity for employees to show off what they create (wafers) to their spouses and children, as well as the Capital Region community. Being at the Open House was like being in a major city or the international terminal of a major airport. The language, the diversity of people, the hustle and bustle were all there. I could not identify all 50 flags displayed in the cafeteria, but I do know that Belgium, China, Germany, India, Malaysia, Nepal, Nigeria, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore and Israel citizens are now working in Malta and living somewhere in the Capital District. We know many new residents have discovered our libraries and we hope that they continue to spread the message that they are welcome to enjoy the programs and materials that you offer.
ALSC has launched Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play. These shareable resources were designed to bridge the 30 Million Word Gap by providing parents with proven ways to build their children's literacy skills. Babies Need Words Every Day resources include eight visually appealing posters that deliver simple, effective rhymes, games and other suggestions for immediate, enriching ways to communicate with babies.

These free posters are available in English and Spanish, and are ideal for posting above changing tables in child care centers, in doctors’ waiting rooms and anywhere else where children and their caregivers have a moment to talk, read, sing and play. ALSC also provides a book list that suggests some books for parents to request at their local library. Librarians should encourage their community partners to download and display these free printable resources.

Posters | Book List | Media Kit

Upcoming Events

Free Webinar: Family Literacy at a Food Pantry

Thursday, Dec. 3rd, 3-4pm

This is an online event.

The Cazenovia Public Library is connecting the dots between early literacy, the local food pantry and family well-being, and they’re doing it all on a small budget. Starting with an Early Literacy project at the CazCares food pantry, library outreach coordinators began to build more in-depth relationships with the food pantry’s clients. Their interactions led to unexpected positive outcomes:
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Early Literacy Webinar Series: Part 2

Thursday, Dec. 10th, 11am-12pm

This is an online event.

Engaging Toddlers in Active Learning

Explore engagement tools that promote early literacy skills and bring early learning home to families. Learn the research behind Every Child Read to Read and how to teach and encourage the five early literacy practices: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Discover how the Fayetteville Free Library (FFL) provides high-quality early learning experiences to toddlers through our innovative, research based, community-driven programs like First Steps, Music and Movement, Art Lab, and Smartplay. Learn how to create opportunities in existing spaces that encourage play and the five early literacy practices.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn innovative, playful ways to support early literacy through programs, services, collections, and spaces. They will leave the session with practical ways to engage toddlers and their families around early learning. After participating in this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand relevant research that supports the importance of early learning
  • Learn useful tips for engaging this very active and independent demographic
  • Discover new ideas for how to incorporate the five early literacy practices into existing programs and spaces
  • Find inspiration for creating new learning opportunities for toddlers and their families
  • Have practical strategies for accommodating siblings in multi-age programs

Register for this free event.

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Sing a Story - Read a Song!

Exercise your Minds and Bodies with Nan Hoffman
Music, particularly folk music with its emphasis on lyrics and stories, can help enhance reading, writing and listening skills, and language development. Using a variety of songs and instruments, and her collection of "Books That Sing", Nan's presentations are fun and informative and encourage audience participation. Complementing the SRP theme of Wellness, Fitness and Sports, her programs this year will include songs promoting movement and activity through motion and dance. Audiences of all ages will exercise their minds with songs containing riddles and puzzles, and with add-on and “zipper” songs.
Block booking discounts are available.

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Flexible Tween/Teen Makerspaces at Albany Public Library

December 3, 2015 10-3:30, BYO Lunch, $15