Even if your library doesn't have much space to add a new project area, you can get some great ideas for adding a "stealth programming" early literacy station by reading Play & Learn Spots in a Small Library.
Amy Larson, Youth Services Assistant Librarian at Sauk City Public Library, writes in her GWR guest post:
- My vision to create several interactive experiences that encourage early literacy skill-building through reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing ...
- I wanted the activities to fit in our small space; change seasonally; have durability; be eye-catching, safe, and cost-effective; and have flexibility to be used with a range of ages.
- ... created “Caregiver Cove,” a resource area where I can display pertinent information for caregivers such as storytime and 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten flyers, Growing Wisconsin Readers brochures, the YSS Early Literacy Calendar, and lists of recommended titles.
- At any given time I have about seven different activities scattered throughout the children’s area.
- So far the Play & Learn Spots have been a success. Caregivers, kids, and my director enjoy the new space. The staff has noticed that families spend more time in the children’s area on average than before the early literacy area.