The Minnesota Department of Education recently announced that it has selected Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System to receive a $20,500 Library Services and Technology Act grant for Romp and Rhyme, a project designed to create a standard of excellence for early literacy education. The project aims to integrate more reading, writing, talking, singing, and playing into prereaders’ lives in an effort to improve their early literacy skills. Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can read or write.
“We are thrilled to find the financial support to put into practice the early literacy techniques that work and to roll these techniques out to all of our libraries,” said Stacy Lienemann, Director of Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System. “This project is a deliberate effort to ensure that the prereaders in our communities will be better prepared to read when they reach kindergarten.”
Throughout the next year, Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System will hold engaging story times focused on teaching the early literacy skills that are the strongest and most consistent predictors of later literacy development, integrate early literacy activities and mentoring within story times, and extend early literacy education beyond the walls of the library by training and encouraging caregivers/teachers/parents to incorporate early literacy techniques with kids outside the library. The library system will also be creating a list of the best 100 books to use to encourage early literacy. These books will be stocked all nine of our libraries.
Waseca-Le Sueur Regional Library System is seeking partnerships with early education groups and caregivers to expand their current story time reach throughout Waseca and Le Sueur counties. Groups can expect to be contacted between late summer and early fall or can contact local library staff if they are interested.
This project is funded by the Minnesota Department of Education through a Library Services and Technology Act [LS-00-15-0024-15] grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.