Building a New Generation of Readers (BNGR) Early Literacy Outreach Library Team
The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records (State Library) is seeking applicants for two (2) grant-funded contractors to facilitate early literacy programming for Family, Friend, and Neighbor (FFN) providers in Arizona libraries.
Contractors will be part of the BNGR Early Literacy Outreach Library Team (EL Library Team). This will be a temporary, grant-funded project and independent contractor position with some flexibility to work around existing employment. The EL Library Team will be managed by the BNGR Early Literacy Outreach Coordinator (Coordinator) with support from the State Library.
Goal: The purpose of the program is to expand access to early literacy programming for Family, Friend, and Neighbor providers (FFN) across Arizona by presenting early literacy programs to caregivers in host libraries with a focus on small and rural communities.
Each team member’s responsibilities will include:
- With the support and training from the Coordinator, EL Library Team members will each present up to 5 early literacy programs in Arizona libraries.
- Three 60-minute virtual training sessions with Coordinator (December 2021).
- Nine 60-minute virtual coordination meetings with EL Library Team (January 2022 – September 2022).
- Prepare for and facilitate up to 5 early literacy programs in Arizona libraries by September 30, 2022.
- Co-present 90-minute session at the Early Literacy Summit with the Coordinator and EL Library Team (Tentatively planned for Chandler – February 3-4, 2022).
- Comfortable presenting and communicating early literacy concepts to adults and children.
- Knowledge of Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library® (ECRR) and other early literacy initiatives.
- Enthusiasm and passion for providing early literacy education to caregivers and children.
- Ability to participate in virtual coordination meetings and training sessions.
- Capacity to travel to and present up to 5 early literacy programs in Arizona libraries by September 30, 2022, with a focus on small and rural libraries.
- Ability to effectively communicate via email, phone, online chat, and videoconference.
- $750 per Early Literacy Program presented in Arizona Libraries. Inclusive of time and travel.
Deadline to apply: November 30, 2021
What will the application include?
- Current employer
- Phone #
- Applicable experience
- Description of a specific early literacy program you presented that included adults and children.
- Availability: (Are you available to travel to rural libraries? Would you be able to meet virtually for trainings and coordination in the daytime, evenings or on weekends? Etc.)
- Email two (2) professional reference letters to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 30, 2021. Applicants will be notified by Dec. 8, 2021
Contact Donna Throckmorton email@example.com for more information or to ask any questions regarding this opportunity. Please read the entire document for more information.
ARPA funds are administered under the IMLS Grants to States program. This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
– BNGR Early Literacy Outreach Library Team
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the deadline to apply? November 30, 2021.
The primary contact for this project at the State Library is Donna Throckmorton however, the EL Library Team will be working closely with the EL Team Coordinator for training and support.
What content/curriculum will be used during early literacy programs? Members of the Early Literacy Library Team will receive training on the content/curriculum from the Coordinator and the materials to facilitate the early literacy programs from the State Library. The Coordinator will plan the content of the presentations based on the Every Child Ready to Read® (ECRR) manual, current research and other early literacy initiatives.
Where will the early literacy programs be presented? Primarily these programs will be presented in public libraries. We are especially interested in supporting small and rural libraries by expanding access to early literacy programming and reaching all 15 Arizona counties. When a library requests to participate, the Coordinator will coordinate with the Early Literacy Library Team to facilitate the early literacy program in the host library.
Who will the early literacy programs be for? The target audience for this project will be FFN caregivers to children. The Early Literacy Library Team and host libraries will work together to identify and market the sessions to the target audience. The host library should work closely with the facilitator from the Early Literacy Library Team during the program. The host library can determine if the early literacy program will include caregivers and children or just the caregivers.
What does Family, Friend, and Neighbor care (FFN) mean? “Family, Friend, and Neighbor care” can be defined in various ways, but the term generally refers to home-based providers who are exempt from licensing; FFN providers frequently, but not always, are related to or know the families of the children in their care.