Children’s Programming Resources

reading togetherWhen I attended the CSLP annual meeting, it was a great opportunity to talk to children’s librarians working in other states and all different types of libraries. Over the course of 3 days, I jotted down a number of resources that were mentioned as being helpful to other librarians, so I wanted to share them with you here. Those of you who work with children more closely than I do may already be familiar with some of them.

  • 1000 Books Before Kindergarten is an organization designed “to promote reading to newborns, infants, and toddlers” and “to encourage parent and child bonding through reading.” The site has resources for parents and there is now a free app.
  • EatPlayGrow  is an “early childhood health curriculum developed in partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH)” and the “Children’s Museum of Manhattan (CMOM).” You can download the comprehensive curriculum full of activities.
  • Scientific Tuesdays is YouTube channel with short videos on science concepts. Perfect for this year’s summer reading theme!
  • H.I.P. Pocket Change is a site from the United States Mint that explains how coins are “History In Your Pocket.” There are games for kids and lesson plans for educators.
  • Tiny Tips for Library Fun is a blog written by a Children’s Librarian in Wisconsin who shares ideas you can use in your library.
  • Sing With Our Kids is a site that highlights the importance of music to literacy skills. There’s a song library and tips for those who love to sing and those who might prefer not to.
  • Instant Recess is a program designed to incorporate 10 minute activity breaks into an average day, which can be done in places like the library, to make movement the norm and improve health.
  • Everyday Advocacy is a site that provides a step-by-step guide to simple ways you can be a better advocate in your community for your library.

Do you have a great library resource you’d like to share? Link to it in the comments and tell us why you love it!

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