Educational/Literacy Impact

Libraries have Opportunity to Provide Early Literacy and Learning Experiences

Because they serve children for years before they begin school, public libraries have many opportunities to provide early literacy and learning experiences.

Public libraries could have a greater impact on early literacy through focusing on educating parents

ALSC [Association for Library Services to Children] and PLA [Public Library Association] concluded that public libraries could have an even greater impact on early literacy through an approach that focused on educating parents and caregivers. If the primary adults in a child’s life can learn more about the importance of early literacy and how to nurture pre-reading skills at home, the effect of library efforts can be multiplied many times.

Libraries Work with Schools and "Storytimes to Go!" to Find Books for Children

Parents of children in classrooms using Storytimes to Go! kits receive “Parent Activity Sheets” for every kit the teacher borrows. These sheets feature activities such as finger plays, art, and exploration activities that they can use to extend the child’s preschool experiences into the home. The sheets provide booklists that families can take to the library to assist them in selecting age-appropriate books.

Libraries have been working with families for years

Libraries have been working with families for years within and outside of libraries, providing access to print, motivating young children to read, and making connections with schools.

Libraries collaborating with community organizations ensure children’s success

Libraries can collaborate with schools and other community organizations to ensure children’s successful language and literacy development and to help bridge the gap between home and school often experienced by culturally diverse students and families (Hull & Schultz, 2001; Sanders, 2001).

Public librarians were providing early literacy opportunities to young children

This study investigated how 26 Maryland public librarians were providing early literacy opportunities to young children and their families through their outreach services… All librarians knew the importance of forming home, school, and community partnerships and were working collaboratively among these spheres to help children succeed in school

Libraries Support Families and Family Friendly Literacy

Schools and community organizations, such as libraries, can serve to support families, as well as provide direct literacy experiences to children and youth that complement family practices (Epstein & Sanders).

Four elements generate excitement about the public library

Four elements seemed to generate excitement about the public library: the ability to check out many titles at one time, the ability to choose what to read, the availability of family programs, and the fact that all of the above came at no cost.

Library Facilitate Parent-Child Bonds

For this family, the library facilitated parent-child bonds. The mother also saw it as a safe place for developing a love for books. She was acting as the one with knowledge who was supporting her child’s literacy growth.

Library Attendance Shows Expectations for Children as Readers

Library attendance served as a springboard for parents to communicate messages about the expectations that they had for their children as readers.

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