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Early literacy spaces. Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer Youth Services Manager & Ashley Bieber Teen Services Coordinator L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library. RLPL & LSTA. Applied for 2012 LSTA to designate the library as an “Early Literacy Resource Center” for the community.

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early literacy spaces
Early literacy spaces

Shelly Collins-Fuerbringer

Youth Services Manager

&

Ashley Bieber

Teen Services Coordinator

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library

rlpl lsta
RLPL & LSTA

Applied for 2012 LSTA to designate the library as an “Early Literacy Resource Center” for the community

what makes you an early literacy resource
what makes you an early literacy resource?
  • In our small city this was a way to enforce our role in the community as THE place to go for early childhood and literacy resources
  • Conducted “educational storytimes for HeadStart, Pregnancy Help Center, temporary family housing, Early Childhood college students
  • Distributed “free book” coupons to targeted families
  • Provided city cab coupons to HeadStart, etc., for free rides to the library
  • Updated parenting collection
creating the environment
Creating the environment
  • Foam-stick letters spell out 5 early literacy activities
  • Burgeon Group wall panels (8)
dress up
Dress up

Firefighter

Mail Carrier

Police Officer

Nurse/Doctor

Astronaut

storykits
Storykits
  • Storytime in a bag/extending the story experience
  • Contents: 4-5 books centered around a theme, toy/manipulative,music CD, activity sheet
  • 25 kits total – very popular
final advice
Final advice?
  • Focus on things that are adaptable
  • Remember that we already offer a lot of early literacy activities and spaces in the library that are fostering “early literacy”- it’s just explaining it to parents that helps them understand play and be more involved
our story
Our story
  • Debuted Play and Learn November 2011
  • Inspiration came from Ridgedale Public Library
  • Funding comes from the Friends of the Library
play and learn
Play and learn
  • Our goal is to make a fun place where kids and parents want to play and learn – TOGETHER.
toy bins
Toy bins
  • Vehicles
  • Duplos
  • Blocks
  • Animals
  • Magnetic gears
  • Balls
  • Train track
favorite things
Favorite things

(We love spray paint!)

play and learn market
Play and Learn Market

Market stall is very versatile

Market ad

play and learn cafe
Play and learn cafe

Kitchen = most popular

Shape soup with recipe cards

summer 12 beach
Summer ‘12 - beach

Surf Shack + Crabby Cabana

Where is my snorkel?

discovery lab
Discovery lab

The stall becomes a science lab

Scientists go fishing, too!

community
Community

Community helper dress up

Play and Learn school

summer 13 space
Summer ‘13 - space

UFFO Reading pad

Astronauts galore!

the arts
The arts

Putting on a show

Yes – musical instruments!

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Tips

Or, things I wish I had known right away…

  • Get on mailing lists so you know when discounts and free shipping are offered
  • Ask your staff

for donations.

storage do you have it
Storage – do you have it?

My office turned storage area

Make friends with the custodian

final advice1
final advice
  • Check Pinterest for ideas: Eau Claire Public Library Play and Learn
  • Have fun!