|Early Literacy & Childcare Outreach Services|
The Corvallis-Benton County Public Library provides early literacy and outreach services to children in preschools, childcare settings, and to the providers serving these children in our community.
Early literacy training is available for educators, childcare workforce and community agencies that serve families and young children.
Library Outreach Service for Family Childcare Providers
To participate in this free rotating "book bag" program, a family childcare provider has to be:
Participants will receive:
This early literacy program is made possible through an Oregon State Library Ready to Read Grant and the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. For more information, contact 541-766-6481.
Meet Peik-Kuan Lim, the Early Literacy Coordinator for the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. She brings Storytime to them! The Corvallis-Benton County Library offers Storytime at the library for infants, toddlers, wobblers and preschool children. As the Early Literacy Coordinator for the Library, Peik-Kuan brings Storytime to preschools and to day care facilties and providers. She provides these outreach activities to children who cannot get to the library for Storytime.
If you are picturing Peik-Kuan standing in front of a group of children sitting quietly in neat rows, you do not have a clear picture of what she does. When Peik-Kuan brings Storytime to preschool children, she brings props, crafts and an ability to lead a group of children based on their age, mood and developmental needs. She uses her knowledge of early brain development to structure her programs and sometimes even re-structure them on the fly to meet the needs of the day. Oftentimes they spend more time singing and dancing about letters and concepts than sitting down in one spot and listening to her read a book. She says that working with special needs children requires many of the same tools. It can require some additional flexibility, but she goes through the same process to create those programs as well.
Peik-Kuan enjoys collaborating with her colleagues in selecting materials and assisting them in program creation. She says her colleagues are as much a resource to her as she is to them. They
Peik-Kuan says she finds the most important part of her job is the ability connect with children. It is this ability that allows her to get their attention and open them up to learning. She also says she feels lucky to have one of those few jobs where she gets hugs wherever she goes.
--Interview from "Read and Recycle: City of Corvallis Employee Newsletter," Volume 21, No. 10, September 30, 2011
The Youth Services Department publishes a quarterly newsletter on early literacy topics for parents and caregivers of children ages birth to six years-old.
Spring 2013 Early Literacy Newsletter | Winter 2012/13 Early Literacy Newsletter | Fall 2012 Early Literacy Newsletter | Summer 2012 Early Literacy Newsletter | Spring 2012 Early Literacy Newsletter | Winter 2012 Early Literacy Newsletter | Fall 2011 Early Literacy Newsletter | Summer 2011 Early Literacy Newsletter | Spring 2011 Early Literacy Newsletter | Winter 2011 Early Literacy Newsletter | Fall 2010 Early Literacy Newsletter | Summer 2010 Early Literacy Newsletter | Spring 2010 Early Literacy Newsletter | Winter 2010 Early Literacy Newsletter | Fall 2009 Early Literacy Newsletter | Summer 2009 Early Literacy Newsletter | Spring 2009 Early Literacy Newsletter | Winter 2008/09 Early Literacy Newsletter | Fall 2008 Early Literacy Newsletter
For more information about the library's early literacy and outreach services to caregivers and preschools, please contact Peik-Kuan Lim, Early Literacy Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-766-7481.