The Essential Lapsit Guide: A Multimedia How-To-Do-It Manual and Programming Guide for Stimulating Literacy Development from 12 to 24 Months

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Not just a sourcebook or a reference, but a complete multimedia guide, this innovative, comprehensive resource will help you stimulate the minds of your youngest patrons with rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books, and other creative activities. The engaging materials and methods in this book are equally useful for experienced children's librarians looking for new ideas and new librarians starting to build their own program for the very young. Through researching the latest in early learner and developmental theories, Ernst

  • Carefully details the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of children 12 to 24 months
  • Guides you through using Lapsit programming to perform effective outreach to all segments of your community
  • Shows how to build and maintain effective partnerships with caregivers, child-care providers, early childhood educators, and others
  • Offers tips for seeking funding for early childhood services

A detailed Web Extra provides further ideas and instructional techniques not featured in the book. Included are a bibliography of chapter resources, a list of rhyme lyrics that appear in the book, full-page sample handouts and templates, and 47 video clips featuring rhymes and activities that encourage audience interaction, performed by the author.

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Part I: Program Foundations

Chapter 1. Fascinating Facts

What We Know and What We Have Learned

Biology: The Facts and Revelations


Early Learning

Impact on the Library


Chapter 2. Who Is Involved

The Children

The Adults


Child-Care Providers, Early Childhood Educators, and Others

The Librarian/Presenter



Chapter 3. Service Areas

In-House Services

Outreach Programs

Partnerships, Funding, and Grants


Part II: Program Building Blocks

Chapter 4. The Play's the Thing—Books, Rhymes, and Programs 

Things to Consider with Programming

Putting the Program Together


Chapter 5. Enhancements


Flannel Boards 


Creative Activities







Appendix: Handouts and Templates


Author/Title Index 

Theme Index 

Subject Index

Linda L. Ernst

Linda L. Ernst has been a children's librarian for more than 30 years. Actively serving very young children and their caregivers has been an important part of her job and one of the most enjoyable ones. Just as parents are encouraged to keep it simple and start early to expose their children to the world of language and literature, Ernst offers assistance in applying this knowledge to the areas of library service and programming for very young children. She has given training workshops for the King County Library, Seattle Public Library, Everett Public Library, and the Sno-Isle Library System in Washington. She has also given workshops in Kentucky, Michigan, San Francisco, and Scottsdale, Arizona. Conference programs include the Pennsylvania Library Association and the Washington Library Association. She has guided and encouraged adults to discover, develop, and to share the early literacy experience with very young children. The Children's and Young Adult Services Interest Group of the Washington Library Association awarded Ernst the 2004 CAYAS Award for Visionary Library Service to Youth. Ernst has served as chair of the Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee for the Association for Library Service to Children and was a member of the 2007 Caldecott Award committee.

"This is meant as a guide for youth librarians new to the field of early childhood programming, although it also stands as a solid refresher for those more experienced librarians who might have missed hearing about the latest research and developments in early learning and early childhood brain development. This new version is well organized and flows well ... This is a necessary resource with a wealth of updated information and resources for public libraries to have available for staff use and training in the field of early literacy."
— Library Journal

"Accomplished children's librarian Ernst wants your lap-sitting storytime program to be the best it can be, and with this guide, she will hold your hand every step of the way … it is hard to imagine a more thorough handbook celebrating programming for our youngest patrons."
— Booklist

"With more than thirty-five years of experience as a children's librarian, Ernst has created a resource based upon her and her colleagues' research, knowledge, and tried-and-true experience ... provides a resource that is like spending time with a mentor who is sharing her best practices ... Will be your library's go-to resource for Lapsit program planning."
— Public Libraries

"Exhaustive … Since Ernst began sharing her wisdom over 20 years ago, library programming for babies and toddlers has grown in popularity, making this new work an essential purchase for public libraries that serve this age group."