While we are currently closed to the public to prevent or slow the spread of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), the Alaska State Library is continuing to answer your reference questions by phone and email:
Each summer, public libraries in Alaska host summer reading programs designed to promote, encourage and support literacy; while also keeping students reading. These summer reading programs recognize that students need to practice reading if they are going to mitigate and reverse the summer slide.
Great Websites for Kids is a compilation of exemplary websites geared to children from birth to age 14. Suggested sites are evaluated by the Great Websites for Kids Committee using established selection criteria. The committee is made up of members of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
"Fostering Readers provides the information and resources public library and afterschool program staff need to plan, implement and evaluate research-based literacy programs for K-3 grade children who are learning to read."
"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 Hands-On collection is a special collection apart from the Alaska State Museum's permanent collections. As part of Alaska State Museum's outreach to students in rural areas across the state, the Sheldon Jackson Museum maintains a loan program for schools, libraries, and museums in Alaska.
Alaska Department of Fish and Game educators, working in cooperation with teachers, biologists and other agencies or nonprofits, have developed kits to provide educators with hands-on materials, information and activities. Kits are housed in a variety of locations throughout Alaska and are available for loan
The Education & Public Programs Department has a large hands-on collection used in our teaching and displays. Many kits and objects are available to borrow for educational purposes. Use hands-on objects to enhance your lessons in your classroom or within the museum.