Full Body Storytime & Ready to Read Webinars

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Best Storytime Practices a webinar series with Jenifer Strauss continues:

  • Full Body Storytime: Moving and Grooving with Stories, Songs, Rhythms and Rhymes
    Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 2pm EST

    Description:
    Movement is a child’s first language! Combine movement with rhythm and you have the foundation for literacy skills like listening, speaking, reading and writing.
    In support of healthy early childhood learning experiences and the ALA Every Child Ready to Read initiative, narrative consultant/storyteller, Jenifer Strauss will host a live webinar featuring stories, songs, play, and movement. Participants will learn how to plan and execute a well-balanced storytime that will allow young patrons to be active and creative with language. Directions for making percussion instruments and props included. PDF handouts of song lyrics and supporting research provided.
    Books:
    I Knew an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly (your favorite version)
    The Talkative Tortoise (India, Haiti, Anishinabek origins)
    The Enormous Turnip, a folktale illustrated by Kathy Parkinson (or your favorite retelling)
  • Ready to Read Michigan:  “I Got the Rhythm!”
    Tuesday, January 16th, 2pm EST
    Join us to learn about a Ready to Read Storytime designed for outreach to your local early childhood providers & schools!  This year’s book selection is “I Got the Rhythm” by Connie Schofield-Morrison and illustrated by Frank Morrison.  Copies of the title will be shipped to libraries mid-January-early February, so this is a sneak peek if you do not already have the book in-hand.
 

ABCMouse is FREE for All Public Libraries

ABCmouse.com Early Learning Academy, an online learning resource for children 2–8+, is FREE for all public libraries!

 ABCmouse offers an expert-designed supplementary curriculum for preschool through 2nd grade. Learn more about ABCmouse and sign up for your free library account here. Be sure to watch the two-minute video of parents and librarians talking about their experiences using ABCmouse. 

Some reasons why thousands of librarians and patrons around the country love ABCmouse:

  • Completely FREE for all public libraries: Used in more than 7,000 U.S. public library locations, including thousands of small libraries and more than 70% of the largest 200 library systems (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami-Dade, Houston, Cincinnati/Hamilton County, etc.)
  • Comprehensive early childhood education resource: More than 8,500 individual learning activities encompassing reading and language arts, math, science, health, social studies, art, and music.
  • Research validated: A growing body of research shows that ABCmouse helps children make significant gains in early literacy and math skills. 
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Learn more about ABCmouse and sign up for your free library account here. We hope your patrons will enjoy learning on ABCmouse in your library.

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­–Team ABCmouse for Libraries

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98th annual Children’s Book Week

Celebrate the 98th annual Children’s Book Week (May 1-7, 2017) by signing up to be an official event location. The deadline to sign up is March 1st! Use this google form to register: https://goo.gl/forms/HCGM1QK1legMLX6q1

Sign up online and you’ll be listed on our national event map. Your young patrons can vote in the Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards. There will be a 50 winner display contest and your book week participation will counts towards a First Book donation to kids in need. In return you agree to host a Children’s Book Week story time, activity hour, or author/illustrator event, and possibly even a ‘voting booth’ for the kids. You will receive official 2017 Book Week display and activity posters (illustrated by Christian Robinson), downloadable resources including Book Week bookmarks with art by four prominent illustrators, a press release template to help your spread the word to your community, and much more!

Resources, information and more can be found at EveryChildaReader.net.

MiKidLib 2017

Save the date for MiKidLib 2017, an unconference for children’s and teen librarians and paraprofessionals. This year’s event will take place on Friday, May 5, 2017 at the Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library in Bay City. Registration will open in mid-January and this event is free to attend. More information can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/mikidlib/announcements/home