ALA Family Literacy Focus Initiative
Launched as part of the American Library Association (ALA) and ALA President Dr. Camila Alire's Family Literacy Focus.
Talk Story: Sharing stories, sharing culture is a literacy program that reaches out to Asian Pacific American (APA) and American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) children and their families. The program celebrates and explores their stories through books, oral traditions, and art to provide an interactive, enriching experience. Children and their families can connect to rich cultural activities through Talk Story in their homes, libraries, and communities. We welcome all ethnicities to customize Talk Story as needed for your community family literacy needs.
REFORMA (National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking) believes that storytelling and the oral traditions are essential in the transmission and preservation of culture, as well as a significant tool in developing literacy skills. The mission of Noche de Cuentos is to promote and preserve the art of storytelling within our Latino communities in the US. Five libraries are working on initial kick off of the program and promoting their events.
The Black Caucus (BCALA) will launch an intergenerational literacy project, entitled Reading is Grand! Celebrating Grand Families @ Your Library, targeted at grandparents raising their grandchildren. The primary focus of the project is to foster a lifelong love of reading. On June 1, 2010, BCALA will host a kick-off celebration at one of the branches of the Chicago Public Library.
Dai Dai Xiang Chuan: Bridging Generations
The Chinese American Librarians Association's (CALA) project, Dai Dai Xiang Chuan: Bridging Generations, a Bag at a Time) brings generations together through literacy and cultural activities that emphasize verbal/written language skills and cultural and digital literacy. The "bags" will include bilingual (Chinese and English) print and digital materials on a variety of intergenerational topics with instructions for family activities. CALA will also host the project website that includes a blog for participating families.
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