- Access to Books
- My First Books Library Program (ICfL): My First Books targets children from birth to kindergarten who are unlikely to have many books in their homes or have a library card. The program provides a book a month for nine months for each participating child, and My First Books families can participate in a free early literacy workshop. My First Books parents also receive a monthly newsletter, "The Bookworm," which suggests tips and strategies to support early literacy skills at home.
- Routes to Reading: Books to Go Program (ICfL): The Idaho Commission for Libraries and Idaho public libraries placed Books to Go bins of books at Head Start sites, developmental preschools, child care centers, and home-based child care locations. This allowed parents and caregivers to have convenient, continuous access to pre-packaged books. The bags contained age-appropriate quality books and an early literacy handout that corresponded with the titles.
- Routes to Reading: Storytime Online and TumbleBooks Programs (ICfL): Many families and child care providers are not able to attend library storytimes. This brings storytimes to them through a parent-friendly website with access to TumbleBooks™ in English and Spanish, daily activities to develop early literacy skills including fingerplays and songs modeled in video clips, and other educational information. The org site is a great resource for Idaho families, librarians, and caregivers. A three-year contract with TumbleBooks provides access to ebooks through every Idaho public library website. Promotional efforts are underway to get the word out about these great resources.
- Book It Forward! Idaho Voices for Children
- Open Access eBook Libraries: The International Children's Digital Library, Project Gutenberg, Loyal Books
- Talk About It: Importance of Conversation
- NCIL Repository Resources:
- State and Local Examples:
ICfL Programs to Build Off
- Every Child Ready to Read Library Program (ICfL): Every Child Ready to Read Family Workshop is a series of three 45-minute sessions that involve young children and their parents in learning about early literacy practices that help prepare children to be successful in school. Early literacy practices are highlighted and parents have a chance to practice them with their child. Fun interactive activities, practical tips, and resources are shared during each session. Materials for families and your library are available from the Read to Me program at no cost to your publicly-funded Idaho library. Workshop scripts in English and Spanish are provided.
- "Six Skills" Activity Sheets (IcFL): Print motivation, print awareness, vocabulary, letter knowledge, narrative skills, phonological awareness (English and Spanish)