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GRT Early Literacy Librarian Team
Growing Readers Together
Because of the significant work of the public libraries involved in Growing Readers Together (GRT), the project was extended at the beginning of 2020 for 3 years by Colorado Preschool Development Grant!
What does this mean for Growing Readers Together and Colorado's public libraries? Three Early Literacy Specialists became State Library staff as of May 15, 2019, and are offering numerous ways for libraries to enhance their existing early literacy programs. Think of this expansion as an opportunity to learn more about early literacy services, particularly those targeting informal child care providers, via an Interlibrary Loan of an Early Literacy Librarian, or at least by “checking them out” in digital format or other events in Colorado.
Meet the Growing Readers Together Early Literacy Librarian Team
Melody, Gail, and Kate have been offering online and regional events to Colorado library staff and informal caregivers, and the community is engaged! You may already know one or more of them, as Melody, Gail, and Kate each bring years of experience in Colorado public libraries to their roles, including family and community engagement, active involvement in Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy (CLEL), and development of early literacy offerings in library settings. Since joining, they've immersed themselves in learning more about library services to informal child care providers, particularly with the local Growing Readers Together libraries that are national leaders in this emerging area of library services. They continue to launch a fantastic array of opportunities!
Here are some highlights of their efforts:
Success Cycle Webinars Growing Readers Together: Success Model Series
Download this worksheet (PDF) to use with each of the Success Model webinars.
The Colorado State Library's Growing Readers Together (GRT) Early Literacy Support Team is pleased to present GRT@Your Library, a four-part series of webinar learning opportunities for Colorado children's librarians and staff interested in developing or expanding their relationships with informal family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) caregivers in their communities. Join Gail Yerbic, Kate Brunner, and Melody Garcia on Tuesdays at noon beginning October 15th for an in-depth exploration of the GRT Success Cycle, a powerful tool for building impactful connections with your local FFN community.
During these webinars, the GRT Early Literacy Support Team will share more information about bringing early learning workshops for Family Friend and Neighbor caregivers to public libraries throughout the state. Any library potentially interested in hosting a GRT FFN workshop later this year will benefit greatly from attending the GRT@Your Library webinars in order to learn more about initiating and/or strengthening relationships with their communities' FFN caregivers before hosting.
These online learning opportunities will be hosted by the Colorado State Library via Adobe Connect. Each session will focus on one quarter of the four-part GRT Success Cycle. These webinars will build on each other, but do not have to be attended in order. All sessions will be archived and available for later or repeated viewing.
Play, Learn and Grow Workshops
The GRT Early LIteracy Librarian team has had the pleasure of visiting libraries who have invited us based on a particular need. If you are wondering if we can help with your questions and initiatives, please contact us directly, (Kate, Melody, Gail) or fill out this form.
Informative Early Literacy Tips on Social Media
Growing Readers Together's Facebook page (@growingreaderstogether) is alive with ideas! With 2020's unexpected social distancing requirements, the team has prioritized timely news and information as well as daily early literacy activities (based on the Colorado Day by Day calendar) for Colorado libraries to use and share.
Colorado Early LIteracy Framework
Since early 2020, the Growing Readers Together Early Literacy Librarian Team has engaged in a Colorado State Library initiative to develop an early literacy framework for Colorado public libraries. Contributions from public library directors and children's librarians from across Colorado are helping produce this framework which will serve to guide early literacy priorities for public libraries. View the Colorado Early Literacy Framework.
Fall Youth Services Summer Reading Workshops
If you are interested in learning more about how Growing Readers Together can support your library, please contact us.
- Kate Bruner, Regional Literacy Specialist - Southern Region: email@example.com / 720-595-9248
- Melody Garcia, Regional Literacy Specialist - Northern Region: firstname.lastname@example.org / 720-496-7629
- Gail Yerbic, Regional Literacy Specialist - Western Region: email@example.com / 720-355-2092
The Growing Readers Together Early Literacy Librarian Team offers a variety of early learning and community engagement opportunities. If you would like to find out more about serving Family, Friend, and Neighbor caregivers at your library, please contact us or please submit this interest form.
General Interest Form
If you are interested in learning more about how Growing Readers Together can support your library, please complete please complete this form.
FFN Workshop Form
If you are ready to host a Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregiver Virtual Workshop or want to plan ahead to host an in-person workshop, please submit this workshop inquiry form.