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    Parents come to our libraries every day for our collections, programs and services. They bring their children to the library, participate in programs specifically geared for parents like early literacy classes, and sometimes are involved in other ways like volunteering.

    How can we take this important involvement to a new level to increase parent buy-in of library services, actively seek parent input into children’s and parenting services, and empower parents to be more actively involved in their children’s reading and education?
    Even better, how can we encourage them to promote the library to other parents?

    In May of 2015, Beth Christ from the Colorado State Library presented a CSL In Session webinar on this very topic: Parents in Public Libraries: Moving from parent involvement to parent engagement and empowerment. This interactive session was recorded and archived so that you can learn from the presentations and discussion of library staff from across the nation. Participants explored ways to move parent involvement to parent engagement, heard examples from public libraries and other organizations successful in engaging and empowering parents, and shared their own experiences and ideas on the topic. Also discussed were the possibilities of parent ambassador programs and parent advisory boards in public libraries.

    Viewing this archive is a great way to jump into this topic. And we encourage you to share your own practices and ideas with the rest of us through this forum. Colorado is full of great library programming – but together we make them even better.


    This is a re-posting of a post a talented colleague of mine, Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez published on the Colorado Virtual Library web site regarding parents role in early literacy.

    Parents are a Child’s First and Most Important Teacher
    By Pamela Mejia de Rodriguez: Published on April 23, 2018

    This blog post originally appeared on

    The early years — from a child’s birth to age eight — are critically important for all areas of learning and development. That includes children’s health and physical development, emotional and behavioral development, as well as logic and reasoning.

    Early experiences and relationships shape how a child’s brain gets built. Creating a strong foundation – with secure and loving relationships and positive experiences — leads to greater health, learning, and well-being later on.

    In fact, every interaction you have with your child teaches him or her something about the world. The Colorado Early Learning and Development Guidelines and new video series can make you feel more confident in this role.

    The Guidelines describe a child’s learning and development from birth to 8 years old and brings together strategies that align with our deep scientific understanding of how best to support children’s healthy development in the early years.

    Visit to access the Guidelines and a series of fun and informational videos that model how you or your child’s caregivers can get more involved in their lives and make the most of the early years.

    You can also watch this video for more information on how you can get involved!

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