August 17, 2017

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With Smart Toys, Kids’ Privacy Is at Play

A recent FBI public service announcement warned that common features such as microphones and cameras “could put the privacy and safety of children at risk.”

Fun First: Make Learning Better with Play | Editorial

While it’s not a new idea that kids learn as they play, adults can take a page from their example: play more as we learn—and play in order to learn.

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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.

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10 Toys That Teach

Top picks from librarians who incorporate toys into their programs.

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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.

Ex-Cop Tackles Literacy Decline in Appleton, WI

A police-officer-turned-librarian uses her skills to target a community’s early-learning deficit.

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

Toy “Sleepovers” Boost Kids’ Reading Skills, Says New Study

Children’s librarians are leveraging an old favorite, stuffed animals, to impart a love of reading. A new study shows their efforts make a measurable difference.

In Call for Early STEM Learning, Libraries Cited as Potential ‘Charging Stations’

Gaining STEM skills is as important for young children as learning to read, asserts a new report by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and supported by the National Science Foundation. Libraries could play a critical role in this call for more preschool STEM learning opportunities.

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.

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New U.S. Department of Education Guidance on ESSA and Early Learning

The DOE has released guidance to help state and local decision makers maximize the opportunities available under ESSA to strengthen early education.

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.

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Titles for a Tune-Filled Bilingual Storytime | Libro por libro

As with children’s books for, by, or about Latinos, the market for children’s music in Spanish has been mostly overlooked. Here are a few new and not-so-new wonderful titles.

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Innovative Outreach To Help the Youngest Learners

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

When Librarians Teach Teachers

Public librarians are training early learning professionals in a range of literacy-boosting skills, from in-depth professional development to puppetry.

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Turn STEM into STEAM: Storytelling with ScratchJr

ScratchJr is designed for younger learners and hardwired for telling stories. Tips for integrating ScratchJr and coding with storytelling, from library media specialist Addie Matteson.

Welcome to Readialand

A bold new movement embraces tech’s potential to support early literacy across income levels.

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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.

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The Best Early-Learning Blogs | First Steps

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

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