Library Staff Workshop

Welcome to this
ECRR – Implementation Tips!
Janis Cooker, Youth Coordinator
St. Mary’s County Library
301-863-8188 x1006
Five simple practices help children
get ready to read.
Places to Play and Learn in the Library
Active Learning Centers are located in the children’s
area and around the library for you and your child to
explore together.
These Centers provide opportunities for you to enjoy
meaningful play with your child and at the same time
help your child develop early reading skills.
Play is a child’s work! They learn, grow and develop
through hands-on activities that include talking,
reading, singing, writing and playing. The activities
in the Active Learning Centers focus on these
Your library helps children
get ready to read. Parent tips by each
Active Learning Center describe to the
parent why each activity is important.
Talking at the Library
Whisper Tube
Set the Table
Alphabet Bags
Find It Tubes
Light Table
Felt Board
Turning Tracker
• Flight Bags
• Community
Helper Dress
• Story Village
• Touch and See
• Make a Face
Singing at the Library
• Learning Spots in Bathrooms
Nursery Rhymes at Changing Stations
Wash Your Hands in Children’s Room
• AWE Computers
Books you can Sing!
Your library helps children
get ready to read.
Reading at the Library
• Have a conversation with the child around a book
before you read it.
• A picture walk is not reading the book. It’s talking
about the pictures—getting to know the book
Talking and reading at
the Library!
We have books for you
to take home
and read together.
Side by Side Books
These are books chosen by the children’s librarians
of St. Mary’s County, and we label them on their
spine, and on the inside cover we list easy activities
to enrich the content of the chosen book, as well as a
dialogic question to spur child-friendly conversation.
These books are to encourage interaction between a
care-giver and a child in conjunction with the reading
of a good book.
Environmental Print
Definition: Environmental Print is the print
of everyday life: The symbols, signs,
numbers, and colors found in McDonald's,
Wal-Mart, Exxon, Pizza Hut, 7-Up, and on
websites, for instance. They offer excellent
entry points for young children to begin to
learn to read, write, and do math.
Resources for environmental print
are: Books, billboards, calendars, catalogs,
comics, containers, coupons, flyers,
greeting cards, grocery stores, journals,
labels, magazines, menus, newspapers,
office supply packaging, posters, recipes,
road signs, snack bags, telephone books,
and websites.
Writing at the Library
Play Islands
Magna Doodles
Alphabet Bags
Touch and See
Make a Face
Magnetic Letters
Coming Soon- Post Office
Playing at the Library
Set the Table
Community Helper Dress Up
LEGOS on Light Table
Hop Scotch
Other Topics
Out to Eat
Post Office
Grocery Store
Go for a Walk
Summer Learning
Read! Learn! Grow!
Sensory Box
Ants on a Log
Sing Along
Books with Beat
Side by Side Books
Shaving Cream Fun
Color Magic
Play Dough
Play Dress Up