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Habits of Mind: A Toolkit

Habits of Mind: A Toolkit

This Habits of Mind Toolkit grew out of the Touchpoints in Libraries training experience in California. It is intended as a bridge between the full Touchpoints in Libraries training and more informal group discussions regarding the foundational "habits of mind" or skills that underlie Touchpoints, as well as any approach to effectively interacting with others. The Toolkit includes an introduction and seven sections. Each section highlights a different habit of mind, and includes a one-page overview about the skill followed by a series of short, interactive exercises designed to provide a springboard for group exploration and discussion.

Touchpoints in Libraries

After receiving 52 applications from library jurisdictions across the state, the California State Library has officially accepted 26 jurisdictions to participate in 11 Touchpoints in Libraries trainings for the 2016/17 grant year (see attached list). Touchpoints is an evidence-based approach to understanding child development and using family engagement strategies to enhance customer service in libraries – especially for young children, their families, and caregivers. Each training consists of three days of in-person sessions followed by six monthly reflective practice calls. A Touchpoints in Libraries introductory webinar was also held on July 12, 2016. The archived webinar is now available for anyone interested.

ELF Photo Database – A Free Resource for California Libraries

We've assembled a collection of professionally shot photographs of ELF in action around the state. It's a quick, easy and very affordable way to get professional photos that you can use to promote and highlight your early learning services!

  1. Go to: http://www.tlorant.com/elf
  2. Peruse all photos or select topic area (in orange) or location (in blue) at the top of the page.
  3. To see a larger preview of an image, click on it. Click the "close" button at the bottom of the photo to return to previewing pictures or to use the download function.
  4. Once your library has decided to download and use any of the photos, just send an email to: suzanne.flint@library.ca.gov.

We'll then send you the access information, user name and download instructions (they're easy and you’ll get photos with a print resolution of 6x9 jpegs). Only one email requesting access is required per library system. Staff within a system may share the access information. This additional email step is our only requirement. It enables us to track database use and ensure that this resource is being used by our intended audience – California libraries.

Although not required, we would appreciate your giving credit for the photos to Terry Lorant Photography as funded by the Library Services and Technology Act whenever possible. You are free to use the photos on flyers, websites, Facebook, PowerPoint presentations and wherever a photo will help you bring your library story or service to life!

Resources for Promoting Childhood Creativity
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In partnership with the Center for Childhood Creativity, the State Library produced a resource guide for library staff that provides useful tools and practical activities designed specifically for implementation in libraries that support the kinds of rich learning experiences that help today's children become tomorrow's innovators. Click here to access the complete guide: Resources for Promoting Childhood Creativity through Libraries (PDF).

Process Based Art – Bridget Alexander

Bridget Alexander is the founder of ArtBeast Children's Studio in Sacramento. ArtBeast is a drop-in studio centered on offering arts exploration spaces for children under 8. Through Art Beast, Bridget has designed over 40 library workshops that connect stories to arts experiences. As a former teacher and the mother of triplets, Bridget also understands the challenges and possibilities of scaffolding creativity in growing children. Bridget also directs Tubman House, a community for young, homeless parents and their children. In all these roles, she believes in offering environments of relentless possibility. Bridget has given several presentations for the ELF initiative and some of her resources include:

ELF Regional Meeting PowerPoint
Resources for Inspiring Process Based Art
Creating Art Stations

To reach Bridget directly: bridget@wakingthevillage.org