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Year Published: 2015
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Not just a sourcebook or a reference, but a complete multimedia guide, this innovative, comprehensive resource will help you stimulate the minds of your youngest patrons with rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books, and other creative activities. The engaging materials and methods in this book are equally useful for experienced children’s librarians looking for new ideas and new librarians starting to build their own program for the very young. Through researching the latest in early learner and developmental theories, Ernst
A detailed Web Extra provides further ideas and instructional techniques not featured in the book. Included are a bibliography of chapter resources, a list of rhyme lyrics that appear in the book, full-page sample handouts and templates, and 47 video clips featuring rhymes and activities that encourage audience interaction, performed by the author.
- Carefully details the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of children 12 to 24 months
- Guides you through using Lapsit programming to perform effective outreach to all segments of your community
- Shows how to build and maintain effective partnerships with caregivers, child-care providers, early childhood educators, and others
- Offers tips for seeking funding for early childhood services
Table of Contents
Part I: Program Foundations
Chapter 1. Fascinating Facts
What We Know and What We Have Learned
Biology: The Facts and Revelations
Impact on the Library
Chapter 2. Who Is Involved
Child-Care Providers, Early Childhood Educators, and Others
Chapter 3. Service Areas
Partnerships, Funding, and Grants
Part II: Program Building Blocks
Chapter 4. The Play’s the Thing—Books, Rhymes, and Programs
Things to Consider with Programming
Putting the Program Together
Chapter 5. Enhancements
Appendix: Handouts and Templates
About the Author
Linda L. Ernst has been a children’s librarian for more than 35 years. Actively serving very
young children and their caregivers has been an important part of her job and one of the most enjoyable
ones. Just as parents are encouraged to keep it simple and start early to expose their children to the world
of language and literature, she offers assistance in applying this knowledge to the areas of library service
and programming for very young children. She has given training workshops for the King County Library,
Seattle Public Library, Everett Public Library, and the Sno-Isle Library System in Washington. She has also
given workshops in Kentucky, Michigan, San Francisco, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Conference programs
include the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Washington Library Association. She has guided and
encouraged adults to discover, develop, and share the early literacy experience with very young children.
The Children’s and Young Adult Services Interest Group of the Washington Library Association awarded
her the 2004 CAYAS Award for Visionary Library Service to Youth. She has served as chair of the Early
Childhood Programs and Services Committee for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and
was a member of the 2007 Caldecott Award committee. She is currently employed by the King County
Library System in Washington. This is her fourth book on the topic of libraries and very young children.
”This is meant as a guide for youth librarians new to the field of early childhood programming, although it also stands as a solid refresher for those more experienced librarians who might have missed hearing about the latest research and developments in early learning and early childhood brain development. This new version is well organized and flows well ... This is a necessary resource with a wealth of updated information and resources for public libraries to have available for staff use and training in the field of early literacy."
— Library Journal
”Accomplished children’s librarian Ernst wants your lap-sitting storytime program to be the best it can be,
and with this guide, she will hold your hand every step of the way … it is hard to imagine a more thorough handbook
celebrating programming for our youngest patrons."
”With more than thirty-five years of experience as a children's librarian, Ernst has created a resource based upon her and her colleagues' research, knowledge, and tried-and-true experience ... provides a resource that is like spending time with a mentor who is sharing her best practices ... Will be your library's go-to resource for Lapsit program planning."
— Public Libraries
”Exhaustive … Since Ernst began sharing her wisdom over 20 years ago, library programming for babies and toddlers has grown in popularity, making this new work an essential purchase for public libraries that serve this age group."