Mother Goose ProgramsFor over 25 years the Vermont Center for the Book has not only helped change the lives of thousands of young children and their families, but it has empowered librarians, teachers and child-care providers to use picture books, conversation, and standards-based activities to transform the learning lives of thousands of young children all over the country.

How do we do this?  In short, with our Mother Goose Programs, we’ve put into practice what children’s librarians have always known:  You can use a picture book to talk about—and learn about—virtually anything.

We are proud to be one of 50 state Centers for the Book, affiliated with the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

What’s new?
We got an award! On October 16 the Vermont Center for the Book was awarded one of VAEYC’s “Pass it Forward” awards, the one for VAEYC Visionary. This award is given each year to an early childhood professional or friend of the early childhood field who brings creativity and innovation to early care and education in Vermont. Our colleague Jan Steinbauer from the Vermont Humanities Council, presented the award at the annual VAEYC conference and we can’t wait to pass it forward next year.

Activities for this year’s Red Clover Award nominees have been uploaded. Check back as we add more throughout the year. We’re also beginning to upload handouts from the October 7th conference.

Are you looking for more activities and other Red Clover Award resources? Library media specialists (and Red Clover committee members) Carol Scrimgeour and Kate Davie have put together an excellent Red Clover program resource for all educators. Be sure to visit their Red Clover Award website when you have a chance.

VELI librarians are working with Family, Friends and Neighbors (FFN) providers in their communities, thanks to a grant from Vermont Birth to Five.

And speaking of Vermont Birth to Five, childcare providers in Windham County and St. Albans were trained in More Than Feelings in March and April. A training in the Bennington area is planned for late winter 2016.