San Antonio Public Library Early Childhood Literacy Experts Present at San Francisco Conference
SAN ANTONIO (July 14, 2015) — Earlier this month, Early Childhood Literacy experts from the San Antonio Public Library’s (SAPL) “Little Read Wagon” program traveled to the American Library Association (ALA) Conference 2015 to present on outreach to teen parents. “Little Read Wagon” is SAPL’s early childhood literacy program, designed to support the development of young children’s love of books, reading and learning.
Focused on the shared goal of “Transforming our libraries, ourselves,” attendees of the ALA Conference 2015 made the most of formal and informal opportunities—from scheduled sessions and facilitated conversations to informal networking—for exchanging ideas, updates, innovations and inspiration. In the Exhibit Hall, 915 companies highlighted the latest products and services, and authors both popular and new. More than 2,850 scheduled programs, sessions and events took place at the Moscone Convention Center and nearby venues. Approximately 22,696 librarians, library workers and library supporters (including 6,813 exhibitors) attended the conference from all over the world.
Little Read Wagon staff provide foundational literacy information and materials to parents, extended family, and caregivers of children ages birth-five years. At this year’s ALA Conference, Little Read Wagon staff Xelena González and Corinne Sanchez presented “Early Literacy Outreach for Teen Parents: Engage & Inspire with ECRR 2.0.” The program offered colleagues in the library world a greater confidence in reaching their teen parent population and sharing early literacy practices in an effective, engaging manner. Participants learned five different “make-and-take” activities that correspond to the five early literacy practices—Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing. They will also learned ten “best practices” for working with teens, as well as three essential tips to establishing community connections within this special population.
“It was an exciting experience to present our program to our fellow early literacy librarians at the Conference,” explained Xelena González, Community Services Specialist with Little Read Wagon “The feedback we received was overwhelmingly positive. Many inquired about the possibility of traveling to San Antonio to shadow our work with the Little Read Wagon.”
SAPL’s Little Read Wagon Program is a leader in early childhood literacy initiatives nationwide, and provides free training and resources to childhood professionals at childcare facilities, schools and community-based organizations. The Little Read Wagon mission is to empower the San Antonio community with an increased awareness of, and the tools to support, early literacy skills.
For more information about Little Read Wagon, contact Cresencia Huff at Cresencia.Huff@sanantonio.gov or call 210-207-2531.
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