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GROWING READERS @ MHLS LIBRARIES: A TOOLKIT FOR LIBRARIANS

The Growing Readers @ MHLS Libraries project focuses on integrating research-based early literacy practices into library storytimes and on providing parent/caregiver workshops that demonstrate instructive methods to help their children from birth to age 5 with reading-readiness skills.

To assist libraries in their early nurturing of future readers, the following resources are available on this site:

  • Storytime planning resources
    Storytime ideas for early talkers, talkers and pre-readers

    Communicating literacy skills to parents during storytime
    Storytime Bookmarks for parents

    MHLS materials for storytime sessions
    Planning books available through the MHLS professional collection

  • Parent education assistance
    Materials for leading parent education workshops
    Collection development ideas for parenting books/videos
    Booklets available through MHLS to support family literacy skills

    Sources for free books to help families start home libraries


  • Spanish-language support
    Storytime planning resources
    Helpful information for parents, childcare providers & teachers
    Bibliography of Spanish/English children's books and parenting

  • Community outreach information
    Links to directories of early childhood service agencies
    Information about why and how to form community partnerships
    Sample childcare provider letter

  • Program Promotion
    PR samples

  • Evaluation
    Storytime Participant Surveys
    Library Output Data (quantitative & qualitative)




    Funding for this project is provided by the United Way of Dutchess County.
    Site last updated: 9.19.05

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