Ready to Read at New York Libraries -- Early Literacy Initiatives

Early Literacy Initiatives in New York's Public Library Systems

  • Brooklyn Public Library: Ready, Set, Kindergarten! external link opens in a new window – A fun program to help young families learn together. Tip sheets and activity ideas are available to learn about early literacy and help children get ready for school. It is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Bengali, Arabic, and Urdu.
  • Finger Lakes Library System – The Aurora Free Library and the Hazard Library Association offer http://www.readytoread.us/external link opens in a new window, a website offering web-based services for families raising young children to be successful readers.  Content is updated weekly.
  • Mid-Hudson Library Systemexternal link opens in a new window – Early Literacy Workshops will be offered to Mid-Hudson member library staff and early learning center staff from the Mid-Hudson region.

State Library Initiatives from Across the US

  • [Updated May 2014] Thanks to the following for sharing information about their unique approaches to early literacy support for all the young children, families, and care givers in their states: Arizona State Library, California State Library, Colorado State Library, Idaho Commission for Libraries, Indiana State Library, State Library of Ohio, Oregon State Library, Bureau of Library Development -- Pennsylvania Department of Education, Utah State Library, Vermont Department of Libraries, Library of Virginia, Washington State Library. [pdf icon .PDF only; 640k]
  • Growing an Early Literacy Initiative in Wisconsin. A new public library initiative in Wisconsin aims to support caregivers of young children with information about early literacy. Read full post onlineexternal link opens in a new window.

National Early Literacy Best Practices

Research into national early literacy models that have informed state library practices revealed that three models were universally praised as best practices for library-based early literacy programs: Every Child Ready to Read®, Family Place Libraries™, and Mother Goose on the Loose®.

Last Updated: May 27, 2014 -- asm; for questions, comments or suggestions, contact Karen Balsen