Have you noticed an abundance of red stickers on some of the books in Youth Services lately? Are you wondering what they mean? Good news! This new labeling system is to assist you and your younger child in finding just the right books, especially when browsing the shelves.
The large red “T” sticker on the spine of some Easy picture books indicates that this book is great for teaching early literacy concepts such as colors, numbers, shapes, opposites, or phonics, as well as containing short rhyming text, well-known children’s songs or nursery rhymes. Each book is a good example of at least one of the 5 practices that develop early literacy skills: read, write, sing, talk and play. These books are suitable for any age, but particularly for 1 – 5 year olds. For a list of books demonstrating these practices, and more information on early literacy, visit the Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy website.
Can’t get your 3 year old to leave the library without checking out a Spiderman or Dora book, but you don’t know where to find them in the Easy books? Favorite character books are now located on shelves under the windows of the Mayfield South room, and are marked with clear red tape over the spine label. This collection includes favorite characters, mostly from television shows, and they are organized by the main character’s name: Barbie, Caillou, Dora, Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Lego, Sesame Street, and Thomas, to name a few. These books are typically written by many different authors, so this is a way to keep them together.
If you are looking for more traditional, literary characters that generally are written by a single author, they will remain located in the Easy book collection. This includes characters such as Arthur, Angelina Ballerina, Franklin, Froggy, Madeline, and Curious George.
Hope this helps you find what you want! As always, you can ask any friendly Youth Services staff person for assistance and advice.