More and more children’s librarians are bringing early literacy programming out of the library and into the community. Mother Goose on the Loose (MGOL) Goslings is a program developed via a collaboration between Mother Goose on the Loose LLC, a children’s museum, a medical center and medical school, a community college, a bank, and a foundation. The Goslings program takes place in the family lounge of a NICU, where developmentally-sound early literacy practices are introduced to parents and caregivers with the intent of giving them the confidence and skills to help fragile babies develop with love and with language. The early literacy practices, talk, sing, read, and play, are taught to parents and practiced using props and activities, accompanied by information showing how to interpret the signals that NICU infants make. Although the underlying mission is to build literacy skills, family members learn new ways to connect with their infant, strengthening parent/child bonding and empowering parents to take an active role in assisting with their child’s development.
Hall: Marblehead T120