Do You Work With Young Children?

…then you’ll appreciate our new and updated early literacy resources!  Whether you are looking to use a Storytime Kit for the first time, refresh an existing program, or simply want to explore new titles and fun resources, we can help you. We’ve invested lots of time and effort purchasing new books and materials to refresh and update our Storytime Kits.

The kits are based on Every Child Ready to Read, 2nd edition, and feature books, songs, rhymes, early literacy tips for parents, and hands-on activities that correspond with the critical early literacy activities of reading, talking, singing, writing, and playing.

For a list of the 48 Storytime Kits available for check out and an inventory of each kit, please visit our Storytime Kit page! Storytime Kits are available for checkout by licensed daycare providers, Head Start staff, ECFE staff, and school staff.

New Storytime Kits to Go Added

We’ve got a problem.  Our Storytime Kits to Go are such a hit it’s hard to find one on the shelves!  But what a wonderful problem to have.  So we decided to add more to the collection.  Twelve more kits have been added to the library catalog.

The new kits include:  Camping, Cowboys, Fairy Tales, Fishing, Happy Birthday, Imagination, Minnesota, Nursery Rhymes, Teddy Bears, Toys, Weather and Wolves

Remember the kits include 5 books, a musical CD and a manipulative (puzzle, puppet, etc.)  Simply stop by any East Central Regional Library branch or search the catalog using the terms “Storytime to Go” and place a hold on one today!  You and the kids will love them.

Want to unplug over the holidays?

In the technology-filled world that we live in, it is easy to get swept up in obsessing over the latest gadget or getting glued to the screen, especially during the holiday shopping season.  At the same time, the holidays are a time when families are together unwinding.  As such, they present a good opportunity for the whole family to disconnect from devices and go tech-free for a while!  
Here are some recommended picture books to read with your child that illustrate the joys of unplugging.

A child seeks a way to communicate with parents and a brother who are busy with their electronic devices.

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Chloe Bunny lives with her big family of ten older brothers and sisters and ten younger brothers and sisters, but it is only Chloe who is able to compete with the new television set that Dad brings home one evening.

Upset that her family is so focused on the screens on their various electronic devices that they no longer talk, laugh, and play games together, Ella takes all of their chargers and small devices.
When a busy family’s activities come to a halt because of a blackout, they find they enjoy spending time together and not being too busy for once.

Doug the robot discovers that cities are much more than downloaded facts when he unplugs from the computer feed and explores one first-hand.

A boy and a robot strike up a friendship despite their differences.
Do you have any children’s book recommendations regarding technology you’d like to share?  Post in the comments below!

*Thanks to Kathy Kleckner of Dakota County Libraries for the recommendations at the Minnesota Library Association Conference 2013- “Early Literacy and Screen Time.”

 

Sarah Hawkins, Branch Librarian, Chisago Lakes Area Library