||MHLS Early Literacy Outreach Mini-Grant Program
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20 mini-grants of $400 each are available to MHLS member libraries to incentivize long term incorporation of early literacy components into their story times. All grant recipients must:
- Attend a MHLS ‘Early Literacy Story Time' workshop which will be held in multiple locations within the System in Feb/Mar 2014. Workshops will be presented by Beth Zambito who will cover how to incorporate early literacy skills, and also tips to share with parents.
- About the Presenter: Beth Zambito is the Head of Youth & Teen Services at the Poughkeepsie Public Library District. She has developed and conducted early literacy trainings based on ALA's Every Child Ready to Read, editions I & II, for daycare providers and library youth services staff throughout the area. Beth was recently selected to represent the Mid-Hudson Library System as its expert on early literacy in order to assist the New York State Library in the development of an Early Literacy Training Plan. She is an active member of New York Library Association's Youth Services Section, and is currently the 1 st Year Member of the YSS Pied Piper Committee for excellence in library youth programming. Beth has the pleasure to serve children from birth to teen age, where some of her favorite activities still include conducting infant, toddler and preschool story times, as well as music and movement programs for these age groups.
- Include community outreach into their program to reach parents/caregivers of children 0-5 years old who are not typical library users, and attract them to the library. According to a recent Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) analysis, only 36% of children with the lowest socioeconomic status visited libraries in their kindergarten year, compared to 66% of children in the highest.
- Use TumbleBooks online collection of animated, talking picture books as part of story time for ages 0-5, along with introducing parents/caregivers to TumbleBooks. All MHLS member libraries have access to TumbleBooks through their county HOMEACCESS page. In a recent article in School Library Journal children using TumbleBooks were 23% ahead of their peers.
- Share experiences with their peers during the mini-grant time period by posting to a discussion forum on the MHLS website. During the grant period participants will be prompted to post comments on approximately 8 topics relevant to early literacy programs.
A brief application is required.
Please note that each application will be scored using the evaluation chart in the Instructions. Applications will be ranked for funding based on their score. Preference is give to libraries in areas where poverty estimates are above 9%,
as per the chart of Estimated Town/City Poverty Rates by Mid-Hudson Member Library Location based on school free/reduced lunch program, but all MHLS libraries are encouraged to apply regardless of poverty rate. All applications will not necessarily be funded. Applicants are encouraged to use the starred resources below to strengthen their application & their planning.
To apply, submit the 2 page application to Merribeth Advocate at MHLS. Applications must be received by the end of day on November 4, 2013. Libraries will be notified by November 15, 2013. The grant project period ends April 23, 2014.
Contact person: Contact Merribeth Advocate, Assistant Director | firstname.lastname@example.org | 845-471-6060 x254
This is a MHLS Connecting, Collaborating and Contributing Mini-Grant funded by New York State 2013 Coordinated Outreach Categorical Aid to the Mid-Hudson Library System.
Resources for Strengthening your Application and Planning:
Read more about Building Early Literacy Through Public Libraries through resources I have curated at http://www.scoop.it/t/early-literacy-for-library-staff
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