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Together, Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California's Libraries

Together, Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California Libraries

This report includes research on the importance of play in a child’s development, its role in supporting social-emotional learning, and how California public libraries across the state are engaging young children and their families by providing innovative, high-quality interactive learning opportunities in their communities. Programs and activities that encourage social interaction are highlighted throughout the report, as are insights from library staff in the field. For more information and to download the complete report: Together, Learning More! Interactive Family Learning in California's Libraries (PDF).

Learning Designs Consulting, 2021. This report was supported in whole or in part by funding provided by the State of California, administered by the California State Library.

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. This toolkit includes research-backed resources intended to support school readiness programming libraries offer to families with children ages 0 to 8. It can be accessed at: https://bayareadiscoverymuseum.org/resources/educator-resources/library-toolkit

Bay Area Discovery Museum, 2016. This project is supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.

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

Touchpoints in Libraries 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. A Touchpoints in Libraries archived webinar is available for viewing.

ELF Photo Database – A Free Resource for California Libraries

The ELF photo database contains high quality photographs taken by professionals. These photos are free for you to use as you promote and highlight your early learning services with flyers, websites, social media, and presentations. Photos help bring your library story to life!

  1. Go to: https://tlorant.com/elf
  2. Browse 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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This resource guide for library staff 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).

Center for Childhood Creativity, 2015.

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.