The Babies Need Words Every Day initiative, created by the ALSC Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee, represents ALSC’s commitment to bridging the 30 million word gap. The visually appealing posters deliver simple, effective rhymes, games and other ways for parents and caregivers to communicate with babies. A customizable book list provides suggestion of books that parents can request at their local library. Over the course of the year, ALSC will encourage librarians to get the word out to their community partners about these free resources to engage them in the effort to bridge the word gap.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), known as Día, is a nationally recognized initiative that emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. It is a DAILY commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures. Through Día, libraries work to nurture cognitive and literacy development in ways that honor and embrace a child’s home language and culture.
Every Child Ready to Read
Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) incorporates simple practices, based on research, to help parents and caregivers develop early literacy skills in children from birth to age five. ECRR helps public libraries have an even greater impact on early literacy through an approach that focused on educating parents and caregivers. By educating the primary adults in a child's life to learn more about the importance of early literacy and how to nurture pre-reading skills at home, the effect of library efforts is multiplied many times.
The purpose of Everyday Advocacy is to educate ALSC members about the importance of advocacy and what roles they can take in making advocacy seem important and feasible. The site is meant as a go-to resource for both day-to-day advocacy and crisis advocacy. Visitors will find that the site empowers librarians and library staff to make a difference in their communities and beyond.