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It's Never Too Early: Media Literacy in Children’s Programming

To become a successful student and mature adult, children need to develop critical thinking skills. In the ever-changing world of electronic communication and emerging technologies, how can library workers help children develop and activate skills necessary to access, evaluate and create media? What better way to promote media literacy skill development than through library programming?

Welcome to Kindergarten

Cutting activity station

For our Welcome to Kindergarten program, children entering kindergarten were invited, with their parents, to a special storytime featuring books, songs and flannel boards to help make their first day worry-free. After the storytime we offered several exploratory activity stations focusing on kindergarten skills such as cutting; name-writing; recognizing shapes, colors, letters and numbers; and shoe-tying.

Top 10 Ways to Encourage Nature Play

An instructor teaches a little girl about nature.

Once a week in summer months, we have a program for kids in the small courtyard just outside of our youth department. The program, called Nature Play, is extremely popular with young children between the ages of 2 and 5 and their caregivers. It’s all about letting kids get outside with supplies and providing activities for exploring natural elements (like sand, water and dirt) — and, of course, getting a bit dirty in the process.

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