L4GA Podcast #1: Partnering With Your Local Library
We recently sat down with Roberta
Gardner, Assistant Professor of Reading and Literacy Education at
Kennesaw State University, and Elaine Black,
Director Of Youth Services at the Georgia Public Library Service, to bring you
our first L4GA Podcast. In this episode, we talk about school districts
partnering with the local library. Dr. Gardner asks questions informed by her
research-rich background and Elaine Black brings to the discussion her wide
knowledge of the GPLS –
including partnership examples Georgia school districts. See this one-page
pdf with links to resources mentioned during the podcast.
L4GA Podcast #2: Literacy in the Laundromat
Dr. Roberta Gardner and I sat down for a
phone interview with Dr.
Susan Neuman to discuss her research project around literacy in
laundromats. You can find the executive summary of the project here. We discuss the “literacy events” that
her research team observed when they placed simple and available resources in
laundromats in New York City. Children – who might have been in the laundromat
for TWO HOURS – entered the welcoming (couch, rug, play kitchen) space and were
able to look at books and/or play with other literacy activities such as
magnetic letters or puzzles. In a second round of observations, local
librarians visited the laundromats weekly to facilitate activities. Think of
the possibilities! The podcast conversation is informative and really sparks
ideas on how this work can be done in Georgia.