November is Family Literacy Month both nationally and here in Massachusetts. Governor Patrick will sign a declaration promoting family literacy during the month of November. Shelley Quezada is asking your help in sharing with her (briefly) any family programs that you may be planning during that month. She would like to ask that you promote these family events e.g. story hour, family program that they may already be doing as “Celebrate Family Literacy Month @ the __________ Library”.

This will require no extra work on your part except to let her know what event(s) your library might be holding next month! If you plan to hold a story hour, outreach event or any gathering with some intergenerational component, all you need to do is brand it as a family literacy event. Please let her know so she can post this information on the MBLC portal site: .

MLS is also recognizing Family Literacy Month with a series of Roundtables and Workshops in November.

Family Literacy Roundtables (all 10-12)
Join your fellow children’s librarians to discuss early and family literacy. We’ll talk a bit about Every Child Ready to Read as well as what libraries are offering. Participants can bring their family literacy program successes and ideas to the table.
November 1 – Boston Public Library – Register!
November 13 – Sharon Public Library – Register!
November 19 – Harvard Public Library – Register!
November 27 – Monson Free Library – Register!
November 29 – Haverhill Public Library – Register!

Interactive Early Literacy Learning Centers: From Grand Places to Table Top Spaces
Thursday November 8, 2012 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM MLS-Marlborough
Gather ideas on how to create a successful branded interactive early literacy learning center in your small, medium, or large library. Learn about KDLville: special early literacy play spaces created in rural and urban branches of the Kent District Library system in Michigan. Walk away with tons of ideas for your dollar store budget or new building project.

Family Literacy Month is sponsored by the Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium and its partner agencies including the Department of Early Education and Care and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.