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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Announcing Our Steppingstones Early Literacy Grant

Steppingstones to Success: Early Math and Science Literacy 
The Boscobel Public Library is pleased to announce its participation in the Steppingstones to Success: Improving Early Math and Science Literacy Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, awarded to the Southwest Wisconsin Library System.  LSTA grants are funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administered by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

This grant will help participating libraries strengthen and improve early math and science literacy in children ages birth to 5 years old in three ways.  First, training will be provided to library staff.  Second, library collections will be enhanced with materials that support early math and science literacy.  Lastly, each participating library will hold an educational program for parents and caregivers on how to incorporate math and science into everyday activities.

Your Boscobel Library will be promoting early math and science literacy activities as part of our upcoming Summer Library Program, “Dig into Reading”, as well as during regular library storytime programs this fall. We’ll be working with community partners at Headstart, Grant County WIC and Boscobel Elementary School to share materials and to provide reading volunteers who will promote educational play and reading activities that encourage foundational math and science skills. These skills include sorting, counting, grouping and “experiments” that demonstrate concepts such as motion, speed, gravity and more.  For expectant parents, newborns and children aged one to five who may not have access to books at home, the library will be distributing take home “Sparkle Bags” containing an age appropriate book, library information and activity sheets for the child and parent. Finally, at the beginning of the school year we’ll be bringing in a special guest speaker to talk to parents and caregivers about simple techniques for engaging their children in learning activities at home that promote fundamental literacy skills.

Children whose early development and curiosity are encouraged through instructive play and social interactions reach school age better prepared to learn, and do better in school. For all children, engagement with reading and other learning activities during the summer months has been shown to prevent “summer slide”, wherein children can lose as much as half a year’s grade level progress during summer break because they are not practicing what they learned in school the previous year. By fifth grade, some children fall as much as two and a half years behind their grade level, putting them at a disadvantage that becomes increasingly difficult to overcome, and which carries over into adult life. Boscobel’s library programs are aimed at helping children and families to avoid this outcome and to learn to love learning and the world of lifelong opportunities it provides.

For more information about these or other summer programs, please contact  the library at 608-375-5723 or email libraryboscobel@gmail.com

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