This March there will be a parade of elephants marching through your library! Well, more like a herd of toddlers, but they'll be having a lot of fun while engaging in early literacy. How will this come about? The explanation starts back in May of 2019 when the Library of Michigan's Youth Services Advisory Council (YSAC) met to select the Ready to Read Michigan (RTRM) book for "March is Reading Month," 2020. The RTRM program is designed for public librarians to model early literacy skill development directly to families and to assist libraries in engaging in outreach to early childhood centers and daycares throughout their community. Every year YSAC selects a book title for March that encapsulates the 5 practices of early literacy from Every Child Ready to Read®, a parent education initiative from the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children.
Since RTRM began in 2018, the Library of Michigan's YSAC group has selected a picture book targeted for young children, ages 0-5, that public library staff can use to demonstrate the early literacy practices of Talk, Read, Sing, Write, and Play to caregivers and parents. Now, this is where the parade through your library comes in, as the 2020 selection is nationally award-winning author and illustrator Kevin Henkes' A Parade of Elephants. In this story readers follow five colorful elephants and explore counting, are introduced to prepositions, such as "up" and "down," and act out the motions of the elephants. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers will have the opportunity in storytime to play around with the story, create crafts, sing themed tunes such as "If You're Marching on Parade, Swish Your Tail!", and be encouraged to read more as a family, thanks to this year's engaging selection.
WIC – Women, Infants, and Children is a federally-funded Special Supplemental Nutrition Program of the Food and Nutrition Service of the United States Department of Agriculture and is administered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. WIC provides food, nutrition education, breastfeeding support, and a Farmers' Market Nutrition Program for Women and Children. To find a local WIC agency near your library to start a community collaboration or to ask for flyers and information for the public you serve, go to: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71547_4910---,00.html.
FREE Ready to Read Michigan (RTRM) reproducible materials are up on our website, www.Mi.gov/ReadytoRead. Download, print, and use in storytime or make available in your library. Items include the following:
RTRM Poster featuring the 5 Practices of Every Child Ready to Read*
Are you with a school or early childhood program such as Great Start or Head Start? Ready to Read Michigan began in 2018 to assist your local library in better serving you and children 5 and under.
Contact your local public library this winter to schedule a visit or in-library storytime during March is Reading month, or a time before the end of the school year. Your students will love marching along with the elephants, at your library!
Ready to Read Michigan is supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, with additional support from Consumers Energy Foundation and the Library of Michigan Foundation.
MeL Minute: Making the Most of Job & Career Accelerator
Supporting Michigan Libraries - December 19, 2019
Job & Career Accelerator is Your One-Stop-Shop
One of my favorite MeL eResources for patrons and students is LearningExpress Library, and my absolute favorite center is Job & Career Accelerator. This center puts everything the job seeker needs to land a job in one place and is available online 24/7.
Explore over 1,000 different occupations and find a career that best fits their interests and skills using the Skills Matcher and Interest Matcher.
Find In Demand Occupations and discover careers that are projected to have long-term growth and a need for a larger workforce, or are being expanded because of new technology, innovation, or economic trends.
Update their job search skills. Get better resultsby participating in the Find Your Next Job tutorial. Learn about the 21st-century job search and employment landscape. Discover why it's important to acquire new skills and build up the ones they already have; and how crucial the power of networking and social media really is.
Explore the Career Library eBook Collectionwhere they'll have an opportunity to learn about popular and trending professions, as well as job hunting strategies that work!
Access over 5 million job and internship postings, using the Job and Internship Search Engines. They'reaggregated from the leading job boards, government and corporate sites, online classifieds, recruitment sites, and more – all from one single search!
Create professional and effective resumes using the step-by-step Resume Builder and publish the most effective resumes possible. Throughout the process, they will find expert advice, easy-to-follow instructions, and helpful resume samples.
Use theInterview with Confidencetutorial and learn the importance of pre-interview research, explore a variety of interview styles, gain practice answering the most common interview questions, and much more!
Patrons and students can track their job-search progress and access their resumes, cover letters, saved job searches, occupation matches, skills for improvement, tutorials, occupation practice tests, and eBooks with their secure, personalized Career Dashboard.
Job & Career Accelerator is a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to land a job. Whether they're entering the workforce for the 1st time, transitioning from the military, changing careers, re-entering the workforce, or they're seasoned job seekers, this award-winning job and career platform has it all. To get started and learn more click here: Learning Express Quick Start Guide & Job and Career Accelerator.
Brought to you by Theresa Runyan from the MeL Team
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