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The Following information came from the original Every Child Ready to Read site.
2006 was a great year for early literacy in Indiana! These are some of the accomplishments that the Indiana Task Force of Early Literacy Librarians (ITELL)made for children’s librarians:
While not a part of ITELL, it is very encouraging to learn that the Anderson Public Library has hired a full-time early literacy coordinator. Let’s hope that other libraries in the state follow APL’s lead. Anderson Public Library is the host of the ITELL listserv: ITELL@and.lib.in.us The task force members are very pleased with the progress that has been made, and promise to continue promoting early literacy. Our next hurdle is to establish early literacy roundtable discussion groups throughout the state so that those working with early literacy in their library can share ideas and encouragement with others in their area.
Joyce Welkie, Plainfield-Guilford Twp Public Library firstname.lastname@example.org
Two years ago a committee called ITELL (Indiana Taskforce of Early Learning Librarian) was formed by librarians throughout the state. Our goal was to get ECRR into every Indiana public library by providing free of charge the training, and the materials, too. We are very close to our goal.
The State Library helped us obtain a grant to bring in a national trainer to each of our districts, and to provide free of charge the ECRR training book. The workshops will be provided in 2007. --Nancy 09:27, 15 December 2006 (CST)
The vision of Utah Kids Ready to Read! is for all parents and caregivers to nurture their children’s early literacy skills, and for all children to develop as independent, lifelong readers. Emergent literacy training gives parents the confidence and tools to take an active role in being their child’s first teacher to take the first steps towards reading. Literate children—kids who know how to read and love it—are the future of our public libraries, and of our communities. Utah Kids Ready To Read! is source of early literacy information, and of training resources for library professionals and friends throughout Utah. We began with Training and consulting in the Fall of 2005 and Spring of 2006. 19 workshops were held in 15 counties, 64 libraries were invited to participate and we had 176 attendees. We also presented early literacy workshops at the 2005 and 2006 annual Utah Library Association Conferences. In the Fall of 2006 we presented at several special events: Literacy Fair, Pre-School Conference and Literacy Summit. In addition to the workshops, Early Literacy Tips were sent out on the Utah Library Network weekly to encourage librarians to use early literacy techniques in storytimes. Promotional Resources: Utah Kids Ready to Read! Logo Librarian Training Packets Parent Packets English and Spanish brochures Posters with the 6 reading skills Floor Mats with the Utah Kids Ready to Read! Logo Lapel pins with the Utah Kids Ready to Read! Logo
We are cooperating partners with the Utah Legislative committee Pre-K Initiative and with the Governor’s Literacy Commission.
The Steering Committee will meet next week to plan where we go from here! --Susan Hamada 12:55, 4 January 2007 (CST)
WASHINGTON STATE (Early Literacy Training)
EVERY CHILD READY TO READ @ YOUR LIBRARY
In September 2005, Washington State Library was awarded $250,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to provide early literacy training and support for libraries and other community partners over a two year period. Our training was based on the Every Child Ready to Read @ Your Library training developed by the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children.
Over 440 participants joined us to find out how to make a difference in reaching the 35 percent of children entering kindergarten who lack reading readiness skills and the 60 percent of children who find it difficult to learn to read. Participants included library staff and staff from organizations around the state such as:
• Head Start, ECAP, Daycare facilities, Even Start
• Parent Educators, Family Services Coordinators
• Washington State Migrant Council, American Indian Center Teachers
• County Family Services, Infant/Toddler Early Intervention Programs, Family Resource Coordinators
• School Speech and Language Specialists, School Counselors, Special Education Teachers, Birth to Three Teachers
• Washington Universities’ staff
• Hands On Children's Museum Early Learning Program, Parks and Recreations Coordinators, South Sound Reading Foundation, Washington Reading Corps Tutors
The Washington State Library offered 21 trainings; the majority full-day sessions that focused on the topics below:
• Current early brain research
• Project history and the research behind it
• Definition of early literacy and why it’s important to understand the research
• Six skills that a child needs to have to enter school ready to read
• Dialogic reading and early learning resources
• How to incorporate this information into programming and
• Sharing with parents and other adults who interact with children from 0─5
Sixty-three childcare providers received 6 hour of STARS credit.
In the second year we will focus on training staff from tribal and migrant populations; this will be occurring in the spring of 2007. Planning is currently underway with the Washington State Migrant Council and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Indian Education Office.
In addition, $82,000 will be awarded to libraries as matching grants up to implement an early literacy program or activity in partnership with a community organization. Libraries will be awarded funds on a two-to-one ratio up to $1000.
For more information on this project contact Martha Shinners at email@example.com or 360.570.5567
You might like to see some of the things Oakville Public Library (near Toronto) is doing. They also have idea exchanges for storytimes on their intranet. Contact Julie Kress (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more info. Also see www.opl.on.ca/ECR2R.php.
Brampton Library (Ontario, Canada) will launch Roots of Reading: Literacy Programming for Budding Readers based on the ECRR program in January 2007. (Questions about Roots of Reading) (Roots of Reading Media Release)
Annapolis Valley Regional Library, in Nova Scotia, has recently launched an early literacy campaign --Talk, Sing, Read!. Visit our website here. Contact Angela Reynolds at (email@example.com) for more info.
The Ottawa Public Library became the first library system in North America to offer the Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) early literacy initiative in both French and English in May 2007. Read the original press release here. Information and resources are available here. Contact Jane Venus, the Manager of Children's and Teen Services, for more information at jane.venus at biblioottawalibrary.ca