December 9, 2017

The Advocate's Toolbox
Lisa G. Kropp

About Lisa G. Kropp

Lisa G. Kropp is the assistant director of the Lindenhurst Memorial Library in Lindenhurst, NY, and a forever children’s librarian.

Increase Family Engagement Now | First Steps

The “five R’s of family engagement” include reaching out, raising up, reinforcement, relating to others, and reimagining services.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Are Ebooks Better for Babies?

A new study suggesting that toddlers may learn more literacy skills from ebooks answers—and raises—questions.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Get Quacking: A Rubber Ducky Club Encourages 1,000 Early Learning Moments

The program at Bethlehem Public Library in Delmar, NY, is designed to feel less daunting than 1,000 books before kindergarten early literacy programs.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Test-Driving the Starling: Can a word-tracking device make babies smarter? | SLJ Review

SLJ reviews the Starling, a word-tracking device for babies. Our “First Steps” columnist Lisa Kropp considers its potential use in libraries.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Use Props in Early Learning Programs To Add New Dimension

Puppets, photos, stuffed animals, flannel boards, and instruments can be useful in programs for preschoolers for these five reasons.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Wearable Tech May Build Babies’ Budding Vocabularies | First Steps

A surprise discovery of a “word pedometer” at ALA Midwinter inspires an early literacy experiment.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

How Can Youth Services Staff Meet Early Learning Needs in 2017? | First Steps

Look at the library through an outsider’s eyes to see why some families still don’t use the library. Then make a plan to get those families involved, and pitch it to your supervisor.

This article was published in School Library Journal's January 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

‘Open-Access’ Approach Creates a Parent-Friendly Library | First Steps

Our collections, and ideally our programming and staffing as well, need to reflect the cultures of parents in our community.

This article was published in School Library Journal's November 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Why toys should be in every children’s department—and how to make it happen | First Steps

Here are easy ideas for integrating the learning power of play into your public library.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Innovative Outreach To Help the Youngest Learners

Librarians around the country are showing ingenuity and resolve in early learning outreach. Lisa G. Kropp reports.

Screen Gems: High-Quality Picture Ebooks and Apps for Tots

Advice on making smart app and ebook choices for the under-five set.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Learning to Like Mother Goose Scripts | First Steps

During early learning programs with patrons who speak Russian, Turkish, and other languages at home, handouts with the words to rhymes and songs become adult learning tools.

Scribble: How to Grow Budding Writers

Public libraries are providing rich early-learning writing experiences with paper and pencil—along with chunky crayons, water, paintbrushes, and even a dollop of shaving cream.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

The Best Early-Learning Blogs | First Steps

Blogs about flannelboards, rhymes, and creative play are among Lisa Kropp’s top picks.

This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2016 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Fairy Tale Programming Is Alive and Well

Renewed interest in fairy and folktales has librarians across the country coming up with clever themed programming, some around making and STEM.

Get Ready for Take Your Child to the Library Day 2016!

This initiative, started in Connecticut five years ago, is growing by leaps and bounds. Here’s how—and why—to join in the fun.

Moderate Screen Time OK for Tots, AAP Now Says

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ updated recommendations on young children’s media use advise moderation.

Are Bedtime Stories Going the Way of the Dinosaurs? | First Steps

The children will always be there for the stories. It is the parents that we need to turn into lifelong storytellers.

A Diverse Book List for the Under-Five Set

From “Different Families” to “Different Expectations,” a selection of titles for the sub five-year-old set that showcase “different” in a positive, broad, or subtle way, curated by SLJ First Steps columnist Lisa G. Kropp.

This article was published in School Library Journal's July 2015 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

In Speeches, Melissa Sweet and Judy Cheatham Rally the Power of Nonfiction

Award-winning author/illustrator Melissa Sweet discussed her researching process, and literacy powerhouse Judy Cheatham described large-scale literacy interventions in schools during the standing-room-only ALSC Charlemae Rollins President’s Program at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference.