Picture books | Board Books | Readers | Early Literacy iPads | Born to Read Kits
In addition to maintaining the library's collection of picture books, board books, and readers, Stephanie also developed a new collection of Early Literacy iPads and kits.
Born to Read Kits
The “Born to Read Kits" are designed based on the research of Every Child Ready to Read. Each kit has a theme, like “seasons” or “transportation”, and contain three board books, one children’s music CD, a toy, all relating to that topic. The kits also feature a unique laminated insert that suggests extension activities, and tips for reading with babies, encouraging parents to talk, sing, read, write, and play, with thir children, while explaining to parents why these practices are vital to their children’s development. Often referred to as “storytime in a bag”, these early literacy kits are favorites with working parents who may not have the time to attend traditional programming.
Early Literacy iPads
At the FFL, Stephanie also works to link new digital technologies to early learning through “Digital Storytimes” and the “Early Literacy iPads.” In accordance with the library's mission, we provide access to technology for all of our patrons, including young children. As librarians we support parents’ decisions regarding screen time and we strive to act as “media mentors” to help families find a balance between new and traditional media forms. Studies show that “the active, appropriate use of technology and media can support and extend traditional materials in valuable ways.” Therefore, our “Early Literacy iPads” are loaded with librarian selected content that promote the five early literacy practices and which are developmentally appropriate for children ages 3-6. The iPads come with an insert that encourages shared parent-child interaction with the device, and offers information about the current research on children and new media.
 NAEYC and Fred Rogers Center. (2012). “Technology and Interative Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children Ages Birth through Age 8: Position Statement.” http://www.naeyc.org/content/technology-and-young-children