Ready 2 Read is meant to help parents and caregivers understand the value of sharing language and literacy with their children, and to empower them in aiding their children's language and knowledge growth.


The Tools You Need: Get Ready 2 Read

The Ready 2 Read Website is full of resources for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, parents and librarians. Find tools, tips, songs, games, videos and webinars to get Ready 2 Read!
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From Webjuction: "Supercharged Storytimes is a self-paced course consisting of six modules, which include videos, readings, activities, and reflection questions. The course provides training in how to intentionally apply research-based practices to boost early literacy in young children attending library storytime."
The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild program, a joint project between the Montana State Library and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, uses nature and Montana animals to spark kids' interest in language and literacy, math and science, and the natural world that surrounds them. 
The Ready 2 Read Goes Wild program uses two outdoor education curriculums

Growing Up Wild: Outdoor education and activities for kids aged 3 – 7
Project Wild: Outdoor education and activities for kids 8+
This program is possible thanks to our participating libraries, and Ryan Schmaltz and Danielle Oyler at Fish Wildlife and Parks. 

Ryan Schmaltz, FWP Montana WILD Educator
Danielle Oyler, FWP Bear Education

Supplemental Materials

Participating Libraries

There are two trunks available for these programs. They can be requested from participating libraries.
Anyone at these libraries with a library card in good standing can check out the trunks and use them for educational programming.

Bear Trunk Libraries

Della VanSetten, Choteau/Teton Public Library
Karen Ketchu, Madison Valley Public Library
Andrew Boll, Stillwater County Library
Austin Castle, Glacier County Library

Bat Trunk Libraries

Molly Hudson, Lewis and Clark County Library
Ashley Martin, Havre-Hill County Library
Ann Brooks, ImagineIF Kalispell
Allynne Ellis, Billings Public Library
The Reimagining School Readiness Train-the-Trainer program is a professional development program. Originally developed by the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) in collaboration with the California State Library (CSL), Reimagining School Readiness is a set of free resources which including tips and strategies for librarians, and activities for children and caregivers that prepare children for success in school. The current program is offered as part of a nearly $250,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded to Pacific Library Partnership (PLP). PLP is partnering with BADM, and CSL to train libraries across the country on how to use the tools to positively impact families and children in their communities. 
Please read more about BADM, the Reimagining School Readiness Toolkit, and the IMLS grant at the following links:

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1000 Books Before Kindergarten is a fun, early-literacy focused project that challenges families and caregivers to read 1,000 books to their children before they start kindergarten. This program focuses on helping children develop early literacy skills, empowering parents, families, and caregivers to be their children's first teachers, and encouraging quality family time in a fun and engaging way.1000 Books Before Kindergarten was originally created in Nevada, and has since spread across the nation, with programs flourishing in all kinds of communities.How Does It Work?Public libraries can create their own 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program to help encourage all pre-K children in the community and their families learn to love reading and strengthen their early literacy skills.

To start a program, you will need:

A Tracking Method for Books read
A theme
Support for families participating in the program: This could be prizes, milestones, early literacy tips, supplements to your collection or even just giving book recommendations!

Participating Libraries in Montana

Billings Public Library 

Lewis and Clark Library

Glacier County Library

Sidney-Richland County Library

Other Resources

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