A statewide early literacy project designed by the State Library, Building a New Generation of Readers provides public and school librarians with the training and materials to teach parents and childcare providers strategies for preparing children to enter school ready to learn to read and be successful in school. The goal is to have at least one person in every library site in Arizona trained in early literacy so that it is a natural part of the daily operations, story times, and workshops for parents and caregivers.
- Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, - Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) is a parent education initiative. It stresses early literacy begins with the primary adults in a child's life. The ECRR toolkit empowers public libraries to assume an essential role in supporting early literacy within a community. ECRR toolkits are provided to every library after attending ECRR training.
- Brain Boxes - Developed by Dr. Jill Stamm and New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development, kits are checked out to customers by some libraries and used for Brain Time or other programming by other libraries. Libraries send staff to training by New Directions before receiving Brain Boxes from the State Library.
- Ring of Rhymes - Rhymes are a wonderful way for parents and caregivers to help babies build the skills to prepare to learn to read and succeed. The Ring of Rhymes cards with rhymes in English and Spanish also provide parents tips on simple ways to add early literacy activities to their everyday routine. Libraries may request sets of Rings of Rhymes to provide to their library patrons from the Arizona State Library by contacting Donna Throckmorton.
- Technology Time – Based on the 5 early literacy practices found in the 2nd Edition of Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, the Arizona State Library provides training and resources for library staff to build upon their knowledge of new media and the use of technology in early literacy. Libraries may request rack cards with technology tips for parents from the Arizona State Library by contacting Donna Throckmorton (select Donna Throckmorton from the categroy dropdown).
LSTA Competitive Grants - Funding is granted for libraries to take workshops out into their communities; to provide digital story times with iPads or other e-readers; to furnish early learning spaces; and other early literacy projects.
Trainings and resources for early literacy are supported with funding granted by the Arizona State Library under the Library Services and Technology Act, which is administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.