Stories Alive - Free Library of Philadelphia

Early learning creates a foundation for lifelong learning; no other time in human development presents such a rich opportunity to build that foundation. Libraries offer a chance to create a supportive environment and fun programs that support early learning and literacy. Explore topics related to services to children including programming, early literacy, summer reading, and collection development.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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ALA Family Literacy Focus Initiative

 Document / Last Modified: 17 July 2018

Link and description of literacy project websites supporting family and cultural literacy, launched by ALA Ethnic Affiliates.

Best Board Games of 2017

 News / Last Modified: 19 June 2018

I fully expect that the flood of amazing games is going to slow down eventually. To abate somewhat. Maybe even decline. Yet, every year ends up being as amazing as the previous. Until I looked back, I thought 2017 was a fairly average year. For gamin...

Grant Opportunities for Reading Programs

 News / Last Modified: 31 May 2018

For many public libraries in cities and towns across the country, literacy programs are a key part of their public programming. These often go beyond involvement in summer reading activities, and could include year round efforts that support readers ...

Enhance Summer Reading with these Great Resources

 News / Last Modified: 21 May 2018

OCLC has collaborated with a number of WorldCat partners—including DOGObooks—to give librarians a free, easy way to enhance their planned summer reading programs with an online social component.

For children and young adults:, th...

Healthy Libraries and Healthy Communities

 News / Last Modified: 03 May 2018

Libraries have long supported patrons who want to improve their health by providing access to books on health-related topics, online medical databases such as PubMed, and even cookbooks that support healthy eating. Those core services continue today,...

Growing Library Garden Programs

 News / Last Modified: 23 April 2018

We're collecting together a list of related resources and examples of libraries who are creating gardens and hosting garden programming. Many public libraries are connecting to community partners and transforming spaces to engage patrons of all ages ...

Lunch at the Library: Nourishing Bodies and Minds

 Webinar / Last Modified: 08 March 2018

In this webinar, learn the tools and tips for starting or expanding a USDA summer meals site and for incorporating lunches into your summer reading program.

Makerspace and Digital Media Lab Resources

 News / Last Modified: 22 February 2018

Looking for inspiration for a new or existing makerspace or digital media lab in your library? WebJunction has you covered! This collection includes planning resources, tools that go beyond the 3D printer, and how to implement a digital media lab. Yo...