[kids-lib] StORytime: What is it and what can you do?

MaryKay Dahlgreen marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us
Thu Dec 4 14:49:48 PST 2014

Very nice Rick! I will share this with the initiative folks.

MaryKay Dahlgreen
Oregon State Librarian
marykay.dahlgreen at state.or.us

From: Kids-lib [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Rick Samuelson
Sent: Thursday, December 04, 2014 1:30 PM
To: Katie Anderson; kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us
Cc: '(reading-for-healthy-families at listsmart.osl.state.or.us)' (reading-for-healthy-families at listsmart.osl.state.or.us)
Subject: Re: [kids-lib] StORytime: What is it and what can you do?

Hi gang,

Well.. we want to be supportive of our State, so we incorporated the stORytime initiative on our website:

Our kids pages are set up to funnel folks to 4 different audiences: Little Kids (birth-6), Big Kids (6-12), Parents & Caregivers, and Educators. Each of these audience pages includes a link to our stORytime Oregon page.

We had to take special care to ID the program as a State initiative (and bury it below the fold) so our patrons don't get confused thinking they're being linked to a page with storytime dates & times.

I also made a blog post on our public kids blog: http://kids.wccls.org/2014/12/storytime-oregon.html

It is exciting to see a large statewide early literacy initiative. Nevertheless, the name does create significant challenges. And it is unfortunate the list of practices doesn't exactly match what we're telling parents (leaving out "writing").

Take care!

Rick Samuelson, Youth Services Librarian
Washington County Cooperative Library Services
(503) 681-5092

From: Kids-lib [mailto:kids-lib-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Katie Anderson
Sent: Monday, December 01, 2014 1:55 PM
To: kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us<mailto:kids-lib at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: [kids-lib] StORytime: What is it and what can you do?


Last month, Governor Kitzhaber and the Oregon Education Investment Board launched stORytime. As public library staff who serve young children and their families, I hope you will consider how you can support this effort.

What is stORytime?
It is a new statewide public awareness campaign to encourage families and caregivers to talk, sing, read, and play every day everywhere with their children from birth through third grade. The goal of the campaign is to address barriers that make it difficult for families and caregivers to engage their children in language and literacy activities. The desired outcome of the campaign is that all children will be reading at grade level by third grade. Those who developed the campaign translated StORytime as La hORa del cuento for the Spanish-speaking community.
What can you do?
The folks behind stORytime are looking for partners. As a librarian, you have the knowledge and experience to help make stORytime a success. Here are a few ideas of how you can engage.

*         Incorporate the StORytime materials<http://storytimeoregon.com/community-partners/partner-downloads/> in your early literacy efforts such as storytimes and early literacy workshops with parents in collaboration with libraries and other entities.

*         Offer tips about talking, singing, reading and playing with children via your newsletter, website, or social media and brand your tips/articles with a storytime logo. For example, you can pull ideas from Washington Learning System's On-the-Go early literacy activities (in English<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/youthsvcs/reading.healthy.families/poc.binder.black.english.pdf> and Spanish<http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/youthsvcs/reading.healthy.families/poc.binder.black.spanish.pdf>) or encourage families to download and use the Vroom<http://joinvroom.org/> app that provides parents with developmentally appropriate early literacy activities they can do every day everywhere. Vroom is not an app for kids! It gives parents ideas like "While doing the laundry describe what you're doing to your baby and ask your preschooler help you sort clothes by color."

*         Partner with community organizations and schools to have a family literacy community event to educate families about literacy support in the community, distribute books and other resources, and engage in fun literacy activities.

*         Work with your local early learning hub, school/school district, or Education Service District to select one or two groups of underserved families and plan a literacy program for specifically those families.

*         Review the program schedule to ensure some early literacy programs are also being offered when working parents can bring their children. For example, storytime on Saturday morning or monthly pajama storytime on Tuesday evenings.

*         Read my first email about StORytime<http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/pipermail/kids-lib/2014-October/001739.html> with some more ideas!

What are you already doing?

*         Please 'reply all' to this email and tell other libraries how you are participating in StORytime. This is new so we're all looking for ideas!


Katie Anderson, Library Support and Development Services
* Youth Services Consultant * Oregon Center for the Book Coordinator *
Oregon State Library, 250 Winter St. NE, Salem, OR 97301
katie.anderson at state.or.us<mailto:katie.anderson at state.or.us>, 503-378-2528

Become a StORytime<http://storytimeoregon.com/community-partners/become-a-partner/> partner!

In case the hyperlinks don't work:

*         StORytime materials: http://storytimeoregon.com/community-partners/partner-downloads/

*         Vroom: http://joinvroom.org/

*         On-the-Go Activities English: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/youthsvcs/reading.healthy.families/poc.binder.black.english.pdf

*         On-the-Go Activities Spanish: http://www.oregon.gov/osl/LD/youthsvcs/reading.healthy.families/poc.binder.black.spanish.pdf

*         My first email: http://listsmart.osl.state.or.us/pipermail/kids-lib/2014-October/001739.html

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