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New study says toy “sleepovers” can help kids’ literacy

Getting young kids involved in activities that involve reading is important to encourage their literacy skills. And when the kids can bring their favorite stuffed animals along, everyone can participate in the fun!

You may remember a few months ago CMLE’s office mascot Orville got to take part in a great Stuffed Animal Sleepover program offered by the St. Cloud Public library.

These events are becoming increasingly popular all across the world, and thanks to a new study, can even promote early literacy skills. This article from School Library Journal explains just how useful these events can be to get young kids interested in reading!
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Celebrate Pi Day!

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March 14th, better known as Pi Day, is a holiday to celebrate math!

“Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.”

Libraries of all types celebrate this holiday. And if anyone wants to celebrate by bringing pie to CMLE HQ, we support that! Check out some of the strategies libraries use to celebrate: Continue reading Celebrate Pi Day!

Does your library use programs in a box?

CMLE is passing on this survey, available to any of our members who are using programs in a box!
“I’m gathering information about what kinds of “Programs in a Box” or “Kits” programs public libraries around the country offer for kids and/or teens.
If your library offers this kind of all-inclusive program please fill out this short survey (only 7 questions): https://goo.gl/forms/oMNuZDifaPNilfJl1″

iREAD 2018: Deadline for entries is February 28, 2017!

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CMLE libraries – are you using the iREAD summer resources?? There are all kinds of great links and information here – to help encourage summer reading, to offer summer meals, and more!

The 2017 material is all set up, and now they want you to help contribute information to make the 2018 program fantastic!

The theme for the 2018 iREAD Resource Guide is Reading Takes You Everywhere. We need all of your great ideas to share with librarians around the world who use the iREAD theme. Each idea submitted helps to strengthen the Resource Guide. Use the forms below to submit your theme-related ideas.  Please direct comments and questions to the Resource Guide Coordinator Alexandra Annen at ideas@ireadprogram.org.

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Library Outreach Example: Itty Bitty Art

This program was just too cute not to share with CMLE members! As you know, I am a huge fan of library outreach work; and that includes reaching into all areas of the communities we serve.  Partnerships make that outreach even stronger. And this program is not only adorable, but a great example of partnerships outside the library!

Dr. James Thomas was invited by the Amon Cartner Museum (Ft. Worth, Texas) to do his program on language play for infants in their gallery. It was such a hit last year, they scheduled four events this year!

“Infancy is the time to begin with an awareness of language and books. During this program you will learn songs, how to share books, sign language, and ways to exercise with your little one to encourage language development. Each caregiver will receive a free CD of all songs and activities shared.” (more information on the program is after the break)

Do you have an idea for reaching out to a segment of your population? Would making some connections, and building up partnerships, help your library provide better service – or something really fun? Great!!

Let’s discuss your plans, and see what we can do to help out! CMLE Headquarters is here to support you and the work you do for your patrons; so let’s do some great things! Continue reading Library Outreach Example: Itty Bitty Art