If you have any questions regarding the content on this site, here are steering committee members to contact for assistance.


Elaine Czarnecki

Laura Arnhold  

Paula Bannon  

Kim King

Betty Lawson  

Mary Beth Parks  

Becky Pollino-Martinazzi  

Lisa Schmittle  

Susan Slater  

Heather Smith  

Mary Ann Yonki  







Children with Special Needs - Sensory Storytimes - NEW CONTENT!

Pennsylvania's Public Libraries are striving to include Sensory Storytimes as part of their programming for children with special needs. The following resources provide background information and resources on sensory stoytimes to help with planning and delivery. Check back soon for actual Storytime Plans to assist your programming efforts!


• Peruse this article from American Libraries magazine, titled Storytime for the Spectrum: Libraries add services for children with autism by Megan Cottrell, for the "how and why" of including this type of storytime for your community. Megan even includes a list of tips for getting started!
• Select books for your Special Needs Storytimes with the help of guidelines from this ALSC blog. For actual lists of books to choose from, see this post from ALSC
• ALSC also has a series of five articles on Programming for Children with Special Needs that together or separately provide a wealth of information!  
For additional resources, check out this Pinterest board dedicated to the topic of Sensory Storytime. This board is curated by members of the ALSC membership. 

Here is our first sensory storytime plan; more to follow soon!

Sensory Stoytime - Spring!





Music & Movement

Music and movement activities are vital to early learning! Check out a recent Blog post on ALSC that cites reseach support for music and movement programs at the library and gives a detailed program overview.MusicMovementBlurred-300x199.jpg

Take a look at this article in Public Libraries Online that gives a wealth of suggestions for incorporating music and movement into your read-alouds during storytime!


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Art programming for young children today can be more than the traditional craft project that typically follows a storytime. This slideshow from Amy Koester, the acclaimed Show Me librarian, explains how to focus on the process as opposed to the product when including art as part of a STEAM program for preschool children.
The Pennsylvania One Book: Every Young Child program provides many resources for incorporating process focused art activities in the Activity Guide featured as a downloadable file under the Resources tab on their website.
Be sure to visit their website for a wide variety of resources related to this year's selection, Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer. Ms. Archer is the winner of the 2017 Ezra Jack Keats Award for her illustrations!
You can also access past selections and related activities from the site, making it a treasure trove of art ideas for programming.
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Early childhood Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programming is a priority in Pennsylvania libraries. Our state has a long history of STEM programming.  Pennsylvania was a pilot state for a program created by the Vermont Center for the Book entitled,  What's the Big Idea?: Making Math and Science Come Alive for Children and Families in Your Library. Recent initiatives include hands-on fun for children and families in the form of  Block Parties for libraries with the space to accomodate lots of building materials and Wee Build, a similar set of materials for smaller libraries.

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Explore the Seven Stages of Block Play described in this brochure from Pierce County Library System!  
Check out this new article in School Library journal for ideas and resources:
Surprise - It's STEM for Toddlers!
Here are additional STEM programming ideas from Intentional Storytimes:
This Pinterest page includes both STEM and STEAM programming ideas:
STEM & STEAM Library Programs    
Many of our new Cruise into Kindergarten Activity Cards have a STEM and STEAM focus. Download a set and see if they can help you plan a program or share ideas with parents and caregivers!
The Pennsylvania One Book: Every Young Child program provides many resources for STEM & STEAM activities in their downloadable activity guide. Be sure to visit their website for a variety of resources related to this year's selection:
Daniel Finds a Poem by Micha Archer
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You can also access past selections and related activities from the site!