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Putting SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries) into Action: Partnerships and Best Practices Nurture Young (ALSC Virtual Institute Archive)—GROUP RATE

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“Putting SPELL into Action” is an IMLS-funded project that enabled eight Colorado public libraries to partner with community organizations to reach families in poverty with children 0-3 who are not traditional library users. Pre and post surveys allowed the Colorado State Library to collect data from innovative, community-relevant, early literacy programming to discover the best practices for reaching the target audience and helping them produce literacy-rich home environments that will lead to kindergarten readiness.

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Beth Crist

Beth Crist, Youth and Family Services Consultant at the Colorado State Library, is the Project Director for Putting SPELL (Supporting Parents in Early Literacy through Libraries) into Action. Always passionate about increasing access to literacy and learning opportunities for children and families, she has worked on projects such as SPELL, Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy, Check Out Colorado State Parks which provides state park passes and nature backpacks to libraries to circulate, and One Book 4 Colorado which gives away 75,000 copies of the same book each spring to 4 year olds through public libraries statewide.

Carol Edwards

Carol Edwards is the Project Coordinator for Putting SPELL into Action. Previously she has worked in youth services at many public libraries, and was a founding member of CLEL Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy. Carol has been involved in other early literacy efforts such as Earlier is Easier, StoryBlocks and the CLEL Bell Awards. A long-time member of ALSC, she has served on the ALSC Board and various other committees, including Nominating, Organizations and Bylaws, Newbery and Caldecott. Carol also reviews for Library Media Connection, Kirkus and School Library Journal.

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