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Outreach to Daycares and Preschools with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award

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Join Abby Johnson from the Floyd County Library to learn about how to do more with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award. We will discuss why Firefly outreach is important, how to set up circulating book kits for daycares and preschools, incorporating the Firefly Award into existing outreach and lots more!

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Outreach to Daycares and Preschools with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award

  1. 1. Outreach to Daycares and Preschools with the Indiana Early Literacy Firefly Award Partner for success!
  2. 2. Hi. I’m Abby. Abby Johnson Collection Development Leader The Floyd County Library New Albany, IN ajohnson@nafclibrary.org http://www.abbythelibrarian.com @abbylibrarian
  3. 3. What to say to your Director/Board ● Early literacy! ● Strengthening/building relationships! ● Civic engagement!
  4. 4. What’s in it? ● 5 canvas bags ($13/ea) ● 50 tag holders with zip ties ($14) ● 25 hardcover picture books (avg $13/ea) ● Printing 5 program guides + extra ($100) ● Printing 500 ballots ($125) ● Total budget = $629 for 5 kits http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/2019/03/firefly-book-award-kits.html
  5. 5. Funding Ideas ● Materials budget ● Friends of the Library ● Local organizations (Kiwanis, Rotary) ● Community foundations ● Individual donors/businesses ● Program is scalable! Image credit: Pictures of Money https://www.flickr.com/photos/pictures-of-money/
  6. 6. Keys to Success: Eliminate Barriers ● Make it easy to request ● Offer delivery ● Make cards remotely ● Be flexible ● NO FINES
  7. 7. Success Stories! ● Goal = 100 votes ● We collected 196 votes With the Firefly Kits! ● Excitement about books ● Community involvement with the library ● Strengthened relationships with teachers http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/2019/06/firefly-award-kit-update.html
  8. 8. Ideas to Expand... ● Adding family kits ● Contacting larger centers to coordinate ● Additional promotion ● Branding our bags ● More outreach to teachers we haven’t worked with yet
  9. 9. What Questions Do You Have? Abby Johnson ajohnson@nafclibrary.org http://www.abbythelibrarian.com @abbylibrarian Feel free to contact me!

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