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Benefits of Programming and Services to Babies in Libraries

Perhaps you, your community, or your library administrators still need a little convincing of why it’s critical to welcome the very youngest patrons and their families into your library.  This list of salient points can help you sway even the staunchest critic. 

Book Lists

Sorted into eleven different categories, this extensive book list may be helpful when recommending titles to parents with specific needs. The wide range of categories includes books with sharp color contrasts, daily routines, American Sign Language, and diversity.

Funding Sources

Sometimes a little money can make a big difference in what we’re able to offer our communities. Investigate funding opportunities for your programs and services through this list of links to corporations, foundations, and publishers offering early literacy grants to schools, public libraries, and not-for-profit organizations.

Outreach to Expectant and New Parents

You know they’re out there, but how to do you find them? And once you do, how do you sell them on the BTR message? Check out these tried-and-true ideas for reaching expectant and new parents compiled by the experts—your fellow ALSC members.


There’s strength in numbers, so why not seek the support of other agencies, organizations, or groups in your community serving very young children and their families? Use these tips on creating great partnerships as a starting point for your efforts.

Sensory Storytimes

If you’ve considered expanding your library’s early literacy programming to include children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or sensory integration issues, look no further than these developmentally appropriate resources carefully crafted by a librarian and a special education teacher. Find story time plans and suggestions for adapting tradition program elements for children with ASD.

Storytime Ideas

Whether you’re new to early literacy programming or a long-time professional looking to spice things up, it’s always helpful to see how someone else is doing it. Here you’ll find suggested book titles and rhymes as well as ready-to-go infant and toddler story time plans from practitioners across the country.

Storytime Resources

Planning your own infant or toddler storytime can be overwhelming. Where do you start, what do you include, and how do you make the most of those twenty minutes? This collection of print and electronic storytime resources can help you make the planning process more manageable—and fun!

Talking Points for Parents and Caregivers

You’ve identified the expectant and new parents in your community, and they’re eager to hear your message. But what do you say, exactly? Use these talking points when giving presentations or talking one-on-one with parents about their babies’ early literacy development.


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