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Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit

Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit

Designed specifically for libraries, this online toolkit builds on the research findings from Reimagining School Readiness: A Position Paper with Key Findings by the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. This toolkit of research-backed resources is intended to support school readiness programming libraries offer to families with children ages 0 to 8. The toolkit was developed as part of a 2016-17 ELF pilot project in which six libraries in California co-created and tested the various components. It can be accessed at: https://centerforchildhoodcreativity.org/resource/reimagining-school-readiness-toolkit/.

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. You are free to use the photos on flyers, websites, social media, PowerPoint presentations and wherever a photo will help bring your library story to life!

  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. To download a photo to your own computer, click the "download" button. You may need to click and drag the downloaded image in your browser to your desktop, depending upon how your browser and operating system handles downloads. All downloaded photos have a print resolution of 6x9 jpegs.
  5. To search for specific topics, locations or filenames, click the “Search” button on any page, then type your search term slowly in the white input box – the results will begin to appear immediately as you type. It normally only takes the first 3 or 4 letters for the results to finalize. The search is not case sensitive. However, please do not use the backspace key in the Search box, rather click “Refresh Page” to perform additional searches.
  6. When feasible, please credit the photos: Terry Lorant Photography, CA State Library LSTA grant.

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

ELF Assessment Tool

The ELF Assessment Tool is designed to assist library staff in planning and tracking the implementation, development and evolution of library services for young children (0-5), their families and caregivers. By using this scale, staff can determine where their early learning services are -- on a continuum from initial implementation through full implementation.