Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Early Literacy Webinar Tomorrow!

Parents and babies at the Eau Claire Public Library

The Colorado State Library, with funding from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, has developed the Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries (SPELL) Project.  They are working to develop a blueprint for supporting parents, particularly low-income parents--in early literacy practices through libraries. Exciting stuff!  And now they are going to share this information at a webinar tomorrow!

SPELL Project Webinar: A dialogue on engaging parents in early literacy 

Date: Thursday, Dec 13th
Time: 11 am -12 noon (Wisconsin time)
No registration required. A recording will be available.

Panelists that will each discuss their programs and address the following:
1) How the same approach can be applied to libraries
2) How libraries can partner successfully with a program like theirs--there will be 15 minutes for a question-and-answer session.

1) Pamela Martin-Díaz, Manager, Shawnee Branch Library, Allen County Public Library
2) Tomás Mejía, Principal Consultant, Colorado Migrant Education Program
3) Dragana Saas, Ready to Read Program Leader, Columbus Metropolitan Library
4) Megan Wilson, Executive Director, Reach Out and Read Colorado

"SPELL Project: As part of the Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries Project, which is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Colorado State Library is currently researching best practices in reaching low-income parents of children birth through 3 with early literacy awareness and training.

We are researching practices, programs and partnerships with other agencies that have been found to be successful (or not successful) in engaging and supporting parents in their role in building early literacy. While early literacy and low-income families are the focus of our project, we are interested in hearing about efforts in many types of communities."

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