Representing the San Francisco Public Library were Brian Castagne, Lyn Davidson, Christy Estrovitz, and Amy Perry. ELN members included Catherine Aranda (Jumpstart), Janell Bolte (ELN co-founder and Non-profit Education Consultant), Michele Callwood (Raising A Reader), Alli Cuentos (Jamestown Community Center and Pulsing Word Consulting), Jude Deckenbach (First Book San Francisco), Verónica Flores-Malagón (Raising A Reader), Lynne Maes (Pulsing Word Consulting), and Jo McConnell (Raising A Reader).
Thank you to all of the participants and partners who made this event such a remarkable success. Brian isn't in any of the photos of the amazing Early Literacy Buffet because he was hard at work taking them - over 1000+ photographs! We narrowed them down to the 36 shots below (click on any photo to see a larger version and slide show option). We will soon post additional shots through a Flickr link so please check back (feel free to use any of the photos for non-profit purposes but please give credit/attribution).
Warm regards, Christy & Brian
|Early Literacy Buffet registration filled up quickly.|
|SFPL Security warmly welcomes registered participants.|
|Jude Deckenbach and Janell Bolte make registration a breeze.|
|Educators mingle and nosh.|
|Special musical guests Robert Doerr and Ginger.|
|Christy Estrovitz welcomes all to the San Francisco Public Library.|
|Some of the many Library services provided to educators.|
|Library card: free access to a multitude of riches.|
|Janell Bolte and Christy Estrovitz, ELN co-founders, share the history and discuss the future.|
|The ELN loves to collaborate!|
|Catherine Aranda details Jumpstart's work in the Visitacion Valley, Mission, and Bayview communities.|
|Jo McConnell and Michele Callwood showcase the benefits of Raising A Reader's famous red bag.|
|Lynne Maes and Alli Cuentos unveil Pulsing Word Consulting services.|
|Saroj Ghoting, national early literacy expert, presents a playful and practical keynote.|
|Saroj engages educators in discussion of the newest techniques based on the latest research.|
|Saroj promotes playful practice.|
|Go forth and play!|
|Amy Perry and Janell Bolte show how it's done! They captivate the crowd with a rockin' read aloud of Pete the Cat.|
|Amy Perry, Early Literacy Bookmobile Librarian, and Lyn Davidson, Assistant Manager of the Children's Center, provide a guided tour of the extensive early childhood library.|
|Catherine Aranda of Jumpstart, Michele Callwood, Jo McConnell, and Verónica Flores-Malagón of Raising A Reader partner up to present an engaging workshop.|
|"Building Playful Extensions With Books" workshop inspired by Herve Tullet's Press Here.|
|Educators pour over new copies (for them to keep) of Press Here.|
|Book inspired color and action game.|
|Participants create a new song inspired by Press Here.|
|Crafty educators at work.|
|Alli Cuentos, Jamestown Community Center, and Lynne Maes, Pulsing Word Consulting, present "Playful Transitions in the Name of Early Literacy."|
|Holding hands, making friends, and building skills.|
|Small group activities and discussions.|
|Alli Cuentos uses music and movement to gather the group.|
|Music and motion brings everyone together.|
|Positive transition complete. Engaging new activity begins.|
|Lucky educator wins $90 Target gift card donated by Jumpstart.|
|Another raffle winner! Displaying the wealth of resources distributed to all participants plus her raffle prize of a bag chock full of fabulous new books donated by Project Read.|
|Jude Deckenbach, First Book San Francisco, distributes a Certificate of Professional Development to each educator.|
|With our gratitude, each participant received a goody bag full of booklists and educational treats.|
And what did participants think about the Buffet?
- Thank you for your support!
- What a great and inspiring resource!
- SFPL is wonderful!
- You Rock!
- Thank you for providing such a great opportunity to learn more about early literacy acquisition.
- This yearly program is awesome!
- I loved learning about early literacy through powerful interactions.
- Thank you for providing this opportunity for us to meet the experts and other educators. We learn together.
- Job well done!
- It helped my knowledge of early literacy in young children. I will use what I learned today to create curriculum that reflects the children’s literacy level.
- I feel renewed at a busy time of the year.