Early Bird Learning Activities

Miss Shelley shares books, activities, videos, and resources to help children on the path to reading.

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Celebrating Down Syndrome & AAC Awareness Months: Activities for early learners & families

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian “I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” That’s a quote from my favorite book, Anne of Green Gables, and one ...
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New year, new transitions! Videos & books for early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Welcome to the -ber months: September, October, November, and December! Most people celebrate the start of a new year in January. Not me. I graduated ...
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Collaborating for success: Supporting early learners & caregivers

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian By now, you’re very familiar with our new Early Bird Learning video series, right? Each week we share a new video, alternating between content to watch ...
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Introducing Early Bird Learning videos

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Let’s take a walk through memory lane! In January 2016, Jenny (pictured above with Ruthie the camel) and I launched the Early Bird Reader program, with ...
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Learning through gardening: Videos & activities for early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Have you ever explored the little side yard of the Maze Branch Library (pictured above)? It’s not exactly quiet, because it’s right next to the expressway ...
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Exploring social-emotional learning: A new virtual tutorial for caregivers & early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian At the library, we often hear from parents, teachers, and other caregivers that social-emotional learning (SEL) is important to you. What exactly is SEL? Let's take ...
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Spring sensory play: Videos & activities for early learners

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Play is how kids learn. We say this so often because it’s one of the most important things for adults who raise or work with kids ...
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April is Autism Acceptance Month

By Shelley Harris, Children’s Librarian Did you know that April is Autism Acceptance Month? This month devoted to celebrating autistic people and autistic experiences was created 11 years ago by advocate ...
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