Category Archives: Local Chapters

Local Chapter of the Month: Colorado’s CLEL

This month, we’re highlighting another outstanding local chapter by giving them a shout-out on the blog.

 

Have you always wanted a group of mentors and friends IRL? Make sure you’re connected with your local chapter for online discussions and in-person meet-ups. Not only are they a great way to learn from your peers, but they’re also fun. Find your local chapter here, or learn more about what it takes to be a chapter leader.

 

 

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This month we’re so proud to announce our partnership with CLEL (Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy)! They will be serving as our local chapter for Colorado residents and SU followers.

 

If you’re not already a member, please do join the Facebook group, here. Also, make sure you take a look at their website and join the organization. It’s free and you don’t have to be a Colorado resident to be a member! CLEL closely aligns with the goals of the SU community, but they provide even more concrete services in your area. You definitely don’t want to miss out on some of these free resources:

 

  • StoryBlocks- We love these recordings of rhymes and songs that Colorado libraries are creating in many languages. You can browse by age group or language and each comes with written lyrics and an early literacy tip. For extra fun, try to spot Joint Chief Mary Kuehner. (Hint: She’s fluent in Spanish.)
  • Early Literacy Tips- If you like our Fast Facts, you’ll love these tips! They’re organized by ECRR practices and ready to implement.
  • CLEL Bell Nominees and Winners- Wish it was easier to find books that tie in ECRR practices like writing and talking? The CLEL Bell awards are designed to do just that! Pro tip: You don’t have to be a Colorado resident to make a nomination for these awards.
  • Yearly conferences and learning opportunities- Members have a chance to get together and learn at least once a year with a very affordable conference.

 

And the most exciting part for us? With CLEL’s agreement to become a local chapter, they are bringing a renewed focus on hosting free events and opportunities for you to get together for learning, networking, and fun.

 

So, Colorado library friends, we hope you’re reading and taking advantage.

 

 

Local Chapter of the Month: Connecticut

This month, we’re highlighting another outstanding local chapter by giving them a shout-out on the blog.

 

Have you always wanted a group of mentors and friends IRL? Make sure you’re connected with your local chapter for online discussions and in-person meet-ups. Not only are they a great way to learn from your peers, they’re also fun. Find your local chapter here, or learn more about what it takes to be a chapter leader.

 

Now, back to business. This month we’re giving a shout-out to Connecticut!

 

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This group is dedicated to sharing. In the last year, they’ve met up almost quarterly to share ideas for upcoming seasonal programs and to brainstorm some of the harder questions. My favorite part is the notes from their meetings. You can learn all kinds of things, such as:

 

  • Preschoolers love origami stars as prizes
  • Tips for helping kids remember those pesky log-in credentials for online summer reading tracking.
  • Working with massive crowds in programs
  • Incorporating STEM elements in storytime

If you’re like me, you probably love rifling through new thoughts and ideas, and this chapter is a great place to go for that. If you’re in CT, make sure you join. If not, take a gander anyway.

 

Local Chapter of the Month: Wisconsin!

This month we’re celebrating another local chapter, and it’ssss *drum roll* WISCONSIN!

 

(No we did not pick it because it’s home to two joint chiefs. How dare you.)

 

 

You knew it was only a matter of time before we highlighted the great library state of Wisconsin for its active local chapter. Here’s why the joint chiefs are loving this group.

 

  • They’re getting to know each other over coffee and wine.
  • They’re finding partners for presentations.
  • They’re sharing information to help with summer reading and implementing 1000 Books Before Kindergarten.
  • They’re listing job openings and answering questions about their workplaces.
  • They’re encouraging participation in local conferences and learning opportunities.

 

With 69 members, this group is off to a strong start and we can’t wait to see them continue to grow and learn from each other.

 

Thanks for all you’re doing to lift each other up, Wisconsin!

 

Local Chapter of the Month: Chicagoland

 

Each month, we’ll be recognizing and featuring one local chapter. We hope this helps you discover new groups, get ideas for meet-ups and discussions for your chapter, and also reward all the networking that’s going on and the work that goes into that.

 

This month, we’re recognizing our chapter in Chicago.

 

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Members of this chapter are doing amazing things together! They are:

  • Sharing policies and best practices
  • Coming together to brainstorm conference proposals
  • Reaching out with job listings
  • Encouraging attendance at local learning opportunities

I’m also in love with their events and wish I could be there! Here are some of the get-togethers hosted by this group:

  • An upcoming end-of-summer meeting to discuss new practices and share ideas
  • A Guerrilla Storytime
  • Initial Coffee Date

This is one of my favorite chapters to browse for new ideas because there’s so much enthusiasm and willingness to collaborate. Check it out here. And thank you to chapter leader Rachel Reinwald and all the wonderful members who are making this chapter work for you.

 

 

Local Chapter of the Month: Arizona

Each month, we’ll be recognizing and featuring one local chapter. We hope this helps you discover new groups, get ideas for meet-ups and discussions for your chapter, and also reward all the networking that’s going on and the work that goes into that.

This month, we’re recognizing our Arizona chapter.

 

Arizona Local Chapter leader, Stacie Kopa is throwing out learning and networking opportunities left and right. Here are some of the things she’s come up with:

  • A post-summer Flannel and Wine Party
  • Extended invitations to participate in a library’s Music Together and First Things First training events
  • A casual breakfast
  • A first-time meet and greet

I’m so impressed by everyone’s commitment to learning and growing here. Members are sharing and commenting on articles and resources, sharing job postings, and sharing learning opportunities in the area.

With 45 members in just a few months, this group is growing quickly. Thank you to Stacie and all the members who are coming together, contributing feedback and ideas, and just making it all work. We love watching you grow and connect!