Every Child Ready to Read

On Wednesday, October 26th at 10:00am, SCLS Youth Services will host a meeting for children’s services staff focusing on the Every Child Ready to Read 2nd Edition. Whether you are new to the ECRR program or have been implementing its principals for years, all Suffolk Library staff members are welcome to join us at the session to learn new ways to incorporate ECRR into your daily interactions with parents and caregivers. Jeanne McDermott of the Amagansett Free Library will be on hand to discuss her experience with the ECRR program from her work as an intern at the Brooklyn Public Library.  

Back in April, ALSC offered a webinar called Supporting Early Literacy Through Language-Rich Library Environments with presenter Saroj Ghoting. One suggestion from the Minneapolis Public Library is to create early literacy games (pictured to the right) and placing them in your children’s area. The exercises are accompanied by a one page sheet describing why the game is beneficial to young children. They are easy to create with any desktop publishing software, magnetic paper, and a cookie sheet, and can be rotated throughout the year.

Kristine Casper also participated in the April 21st webinar and had this to say about it:

So often we think of the competencies of Every Child Ready to Read from the programming perspective. This presentation incorporated them into the physical space, making me rethink the way we have utilized the open areas of the department.  It had a lot of ideas, not just for places with a lot of space and budgets, but also for those with limited space.  I liked when she said just start with one idea – one end cap. 

The recording of the Supporting Early Literacy Through Language-Rich Library Environments is available online, and may be beneficial to watch in conjunction with attending the children’s librarians meeting on October 26th.  



Meet the Steads

Judy Zuckerman, Chair of the Caldecott Committee that selected A Sick Day For Amos McGee as the winner of the prestigious award, hosted the creators of the book at the Brooklyn Public Library. Erin E. Stead, who illustrated the book, is the youngest person ever to win the Caldecott Medal, and also the first person to win the award for her very first book. Her husband, Philip Christian Stead, wrote the story, which also won the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Award for outstanding writing in a picture book. Neal Porter, who established Neal Porter books and edited Amos McGee, was also present to comment on the creation of the book and sing the praises of working with these remarkable young artists.

The audience got a “photo tour” of the couple’s life together in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They live in a barn –  not in the country – but in the middle of downtown Ann Arbor. The upstairs apartment is where they live with their dog, Wednesday McGee (yes, that’s where Amos’s last name comes from) and the lower level is their studio. Erin showed photos demonstrating how she made the woodcuts for Amos McGee while she talked about her creative process. If you took the CLASC field trip to Books of Wonder some years ago, you may remember Erin, as she is one of the many creators of children’s books to get her start at this remarkable book store that specializes in literature for kids and teens.

Phil, who works across the room from Erin, showed us his process in making his next book, Jonathan and the Big Blue Boat.  Phil, who is also a musician, created this wonderful book trailer that features his own musical composition. When will this book be published? Join the countdown in boat postage stamps at Phil’s blog. He’s collected these since he was eleven years old. His previous book, Creamed Tuna Fish and Peas on Toast, is already available in Suffolk libraries.

Many familiar faces were in the audience, including Kelly and Danielle from Hampton Bays, Christine from Smithtown, and Liz and Amy from Northport-East Northport.

Innovative Programs for Tweens

To a packed house on February 8, Andrea Vaughn and Lisa Goldstein presented the creative programs they’ve developed for tweens at the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library.

The children’s librarians encounter a captive audience of campers every summer through their partnership with Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP). The librarians engage this audience with original programs featuring popular themes like A Day at Hogwarts and Spy School of Brooklyn, and Supernatural Creatures. Sometimes their creativity is sparked by pop culture phenomenons like the YouTube video Creme that Egg! that inspired a program in which tweens create their own Rube Goldberg machine.

Andrea and Lisa have provided links to handouts from their presentation – please see this month’s Teen Direct or contact youth services for the information. If you missed this program, you also missed the free copy of Kiki Magazine, but not to worry: you can look online for a sample issue of this smart magazine for tween girls.