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Samantha Blanquart

Early Literacy Outreach Coordinator

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Samantha Blanquart
Ready to Read Alaska
Anchorage Public Library
3600 Denali Street
Anchorage, AK 99503

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About Me

As both a librarian and a parent, I am passionate about helping Alaska's children to prepare for kindergarten and to become successful readers and learners.

In my work with Library Development, I help librarians and caregivers support the children in their community by providing advice and training on library storytimes and other early childhood programs and maintaining early literacy play spaces.

I also encourage families to sign up for Alaska's 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program and borrow free reading kits to share with their child through Ready to Read Alaska.

What I Do

  • For librarians: 
    • Provide early literacy guidance and advice to improve library storytimes and other early childhood programming.
    • Consult on the layout and components of library playspaces (including books, manipulatives, and furniture).
    • Offer one-on-one and group early literacy training opportunities to staff in Alaska libraries.
    • Promote national early literacy resources to libraries.
  • For parents and caregivers:
    • Provide free training to parents and caregivers (informal and formal) about building their child's early literacy skills. 
    • Loan free reading kits to parents, caregivers, and organizations that serve infants, toddlers, and preschoolers such as child care providers, health clinics, etc.

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