From the Programming Librarian blog: "ALA is now accepting applications for the Great Stories Club, a grant program in which library workers lead reading and discussion programs with underserved teens in their communities. Read the project guidelines and apply online. Applications are due July 9. Up to 150 grants will be awarded."
TALKING TO BABIES
From Jbrary: "One of the things we say again and again in storytime is: Talk to your baby! But knowing what to say to a baby, especially when they are newborns, can be daunting and even perplexing to caregivers. While I don’t think there is one “right” way to talk to babies, there is research-based methods that have proven effective in building the neural connections in a baby’s brain that leads to language development..."
Whether you call them early readers, leveled readers, or beginning readers, the place where new readers go to find their Frog and Toad or Elephant and Piggie is an important section that doesn't always get the attention it deserves. Katie Salo overhauls her beginning reader section with a four-step plan - one step of which was to get to know the titles better. "I had to start *reading* beginning readers. And get to know the series. And make an effort to find these books since review journals don’t often cover them..."