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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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Supercharging Your Storytime with Parent and Caregiver Tips

 News / Last Modified: 06 December 2018

Sharing early literacy tips with parents and caregivers at storytime can be daunting. Find out how you can supercharge your skills to demonstrate, inspire, explain, and empower parents and caregivers to try a behavior at home.

Intentionally sh...

Are Dogs the New Library Cat?

 News / Last Modified: 29 November 2018

At Red Land Community Library in Etters, Pennsylvania, parents can sign children up for a 15-minute slot to read to a golden retriever. Ella is one of three trained therapy dogs who are among the library's most famous and beloved volunteers. The dogs...

Minecraft and Water Buffalo: A Diversity of Stories

 News / Last Modified: 15 November 2018

Back in January I wrote about some of the great work we had done in 2013 and some of our plans for 2014. One of those plans was to emphasize great stories coming out of the library community, and to that end we completely redesigned the Share Your St...

Delivering Literacy to Families through Stork Storytime

 News / Last Modified: 15 November 2018

Stork Storytime helps parents-to-be establish a daily reading routine before baby arrives. North Liberty Community Library developed the Stork Storytime Librarian Toolkit for other libraries to easily implement this innovative and impactful progr...

Growing Library Garden Programs

 News / Last Modified: 07 November 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 ...

New Ways to Supercharge Your Storytimes

 Webinar / Last Modified: 09 October 2018

Join us to learn about the refreshed Supercharged Storytimes curriculum, soon to be made available in a self-paced course, and about the online facilitator training, for those interested in learning how to guide storytime provider peers through the c...

Makerspace and Digital Media Lab Resources

 News / Last Modified: 02 August 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...

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 ...