Reviews and Blog Posts: early literacy

Earlier is Easier presents: The Raising of America episode viewing and community dialogue

Raising of America

Join Earlier is Easier to view a portion of an episode of the upcoming documentary The Raising of America, followed by conversation around the issues raised. The compelling stories portray the realities of childhood in America and explore how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, stronger, and more equitable society.

Short sections of the film will be shown at 3 Denver Public Library locations:

Play and Learn Kits at a Library Near You!

Did you know that there are many cheap or free things you can do at home to help your child get ready to read? For example, being able to recognize shapes is an important skill that helps children prepare to recognize letters. If you want to help your child practice this, you can cut many different shapes out of construction paper (or even junk mail or old magazines, if you don't have construction paper). Your child can assemble the different shapes into designs, or practice tracing them. You can talk about the shapes you see in books, or try to find shapes in the world around you.

Storyblocks Adds New Videos in Vietnamese!

Storyblocks Logo

Parents, teachers, caregivers, anyone with young children in their life - have you visited Storyblocks yet? A wonderful website created by Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (with help from the Colorado State Library and Rocky Mountain PBS), Storyblocks hosts a great variety of videos of songs and rhymes perfect to share with babies, toddlers and even preschoolers.

Ride for Reading

Denver Public Library is proud to be a part of Ride for Reading Week, 2014! We’ll be teaming up with Colorado Women’s Cycling Project to promote literacy and healthy living in Colorado by donating books via bicycle to children at Fulton Academy, a Title 1 school in Aurora.

DPL Connect, our pedal-powered mobile library, will join over 100 cyclists to deliver more than 3000 books by bike for this year’s Colorado delivery! And you are cordially invited to ride with us. 

Storytime Music!

Here at the Children's Library we know storytime wouldn't be the same without music!​

Why is music an important part of storytime? Singing, one of the Every Child Ready to Read early literacy practices, helps kids learn new words and letter sounds as they are stretched out to fit the rhythm of the song. Music without words is also beneficial because it helps children learn about rhythm and patterns. Finally, music is fun! The more kids associate having fun with reading, the more they'll want to read.

Play Areas at a Glance

It’s cold out! How about a nice spot to play indoors?

Many of Denver Public Library’s locations have designated play areas or play-times for children to enjoy.

Playing helps children build vocabulary, develop verbal communication, and think symbolically all while having fun. Check out how beneficial play can be for your little one.

Denver Public Library locations with play options:

Introducing a New Resource for Parents: Early Literacy and Learning Webpage!

The Early Literacy Department here at the Denver Public Library would like to introduce the new Early Literacy and Learning webpage! We hope that this webpage will help you and your child have fun developing new skills together through playing, singing, talking, reading, and writing. We would love to hear from you-- please leave any feedback or suggestions in the comment section at the end of this post.

What is this webpage for? This webpage is for parents, caregivers, educators, and any adult that has a young child in his or her life. We hope that the simple and fun activity suggestions on this webpage will give you new ideas for making learning fun at home!

Reading to Deaf and Hard-of-hearing Children

Image: woman and child reading, ASL (Gallaudet University image)

Reading to deaf and hard-of-hearing children is just as important as reading to hearing children; in fact, the same things are important: creating a literacy-rich environment, building vocabulary, engaging children's brains, building confidence and more. There are, however, some different considerations. The Belmar Library (Jefferson County Libraries) will host a workshop called:

Gateway to Reading: Book Sharing with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children based on effective book sharing techniques as outlined in The 15 Principles of Reading to Deaf Children. The workshop will be held on Thursday, December 5 from 5 - 7:30 p.m. Registration is required.
Please email Deborah.Dauenheimer@jeffcolibrary.org no later than Friday, November 29.

 

Teléfono descompuesto

by Ilan Brenman, Renato Moriconi

Reviewer Rating:
5

This picture book is fun, simple and big! In essence, it shows the game of "telephone" in which one person tells someone something and then it's passed on until the last person gets the usually-garbled message. In Teléfono descompuesto, there's one character per page, one character telling the message and...

Connecting At-Home Dads and Resources for All

Last October 18 and 19, Denver was home to the 18th Annual At-Home Dads Convention and I was lucky enough to be invited to present on behalf of the Denver Public Library's Early Literacy Department. If you are a parent you will find a lot of useful information in this post. Keep on reading papás y mamás!

According to the U.S. Census, in 2012 there were only 189,000 At-Home Dads. However, Beth Latshaw, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Appalachian State University in her “Is Fatherhood a Full-Time Job? Mixed Methods Insights into Measuring Stay-at-Home Fatherhood" found the true number of at-home dads is at least 1.4 million. This study shows that the U.S. Census significantly under-counts the number of at-home dads by only counting those who are not in the labor force.

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