News from the ECRC@FPL

The Boston Children’s Museum recently invited the ECRC@FPL to take part in an initiative that brings museums and libraries across the state into the Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care’s effort to to promote early literacy.  Jeri Robinson, Vice President of Education and Family Learning at the Museum, states, “As part of the $50 million Massachusetts Race to the Top – Early Learning Challenge grant, Boston Children’s Museum (BCM) has been contracted to coalesce a statewide partnership network of children’s museums and libraries to work together on impacting school readiness outcomes for all Commonwealth children and families…Through this initiative, EEC is seeking to formalize collaborations with the state‘s libraries and children‘s museums to build long-lasting knowledge, programming, resources, technologies, and curriculum.”

We are delighted to be part of this effort not just because promoting early literacy comes natural to librarians (especially to our awesome staff in the Children’s Room), but because we also offer great resources for parents, who are most certainly their child’s first teacher.

Case in point #1: FAMILY NIGHT AT THE FALMOUTH PUBLIC LIBRARY! We recently got together with the Falmouth Preschool and explored the wonders of the Library.  While the kids got a tour of the Children’s Room and were read to by Miss Laura, parents were upstairs with Jill Erickson, Head of Reference & Adult Services, discovering all the free resources available to them…….LIKE HALF PRICE PASSES TO THE BOSTON CHILDREN’S MUSEUM!

Case in Point #2: FIRST TALES EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM AT FALMOUTH HOSPITAL BIRTHING CENTER!  The Friends of the Falmouth Public Library and the ECRC@FPL will provide a copy of Margaret Wise Brown’s Goodnight Moon and a FPL Children’s Room onesie designed by Tessa Morgan of Flying Pig Pottery to all babies born at Falmouth Hospital during the month of May 2012. Thanks to the terrific staff at the Birthing Center for helping us to spread the word that OUR FIRST TALES BEGIN AT BIRTH!

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