Early Learning through Play: Library Programming for Diverse Communities, 1st Edition

  • Kristin Grabarek
  • Mary R. Lanni
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1440865833
  • ISBN-13: 9781440865831
  • DDC: 027.62
  • 180 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released September 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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While traditional library story times are excellent tools for families, equally important is play. Children learn through play in many ways; it stimulates exploration and curiosity and builds gross and fine motor skills that are critical to reading and writing success. Perhaps most importantly, play has the power to cross barriers of culture and language, allowing families from differing backgrounds to learn together. In this book, the authors - the pioneers of Little University, an early play-based learning program - share their experiences and provide guidance for implementing similar programs at libraries of various sizes and budgets. They teach readers how to create programs for a diverse group of families, work with outside providers, choose supplies, estimate costs, market your programming, and overcome the challenges of both big and small budgets and many or few patrons. These practical plans will enhance story times and even help build a brand-new early learning program.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Creating an Early Learning Program Series.
3: Implementing the Program Series with a Budget.
4: Early Learning Programs for Tiny or Nonexistent Budgets.
5: Conclusion.
Appendix A: Elevator Speeches.
Appendix B: Need to DIY? Twenty Titles to Build an Early Learning Program Series Reference Collection.
Appendix C: Program Flyer Template.
About the Authors.