Library Sprouts

Teacher candidates plan, prepare and demonstrate emergent literacy activities with young children and their caregivers, including developmentally appropriate play, songs, fingerplays, storybook reading and creative movement activities.

Library Sprouts provides candidates opportunities to build partnerships with families and community organizations.

Story Hour for Infants and Toddlers

Offered free of charge, Library Sprouts provides young children and their families a monthly story time at the Westville New-Durham Public Library with a focus on oral language, vocabulary development, print awareness, book knowledge and positive interactions with literacy.

The hour-long story time incorporates research-based strategies to foster family literacy and promote developmentally appropriate interactive literacy experiences, including storybook reading, finger plays, songs, flannel board stories, creative movement and dramatic play. Each Library Sprouts session is based on the Indiana’s Early Learning Development Framework: The Foundations (2015).

Growing through Books and Play

Library Sprouts is a unique collaboration between the Westville-New Durham Township Public Library and Purdue University Northwest’ Center for Early Learning.

Under the guidance of Jennifer Call Jones, assistant professor in the School of Education and Counseling, PNW early childhood education student fellows plan and implement developmentally appropriate experiences for young children, facilitate family literacy activities, distribute resources and carry out ongoing evaluation of the program.

Contact Us

For more information, call (219) 785-5485.