Category Archives: Common Core

Common Core Specific Programming Example

Based on a January 2015 inquiry from a reporter regarding public library programming that supports the common core, the following libraries provided these examples:  (note resulting article will be linked when available):

White Plains Public Library: Bag-A-Tales we assembled through a Target Grant. We expanded our collection of 30 “storytime in a bag” bags to include more nonfiction informational titles, more math and science themes to support the new academic focus on common core and STEM.

Eastchester Public Library: I started a program called “Mad About Math” which is aligned with the CC curriculum in Math for K-1 level. I selected the topics to be explored such as Geometric Shapes, Counting Money, Fraction, etc., and we will read a book or tow then do a simple project on the same topic. So far we have a very steady attendance (average 10-15 kids).

Harrison Public Library: Archforkids programming is it for now here in HWE. We did a family workshop, “Playhouse of your Dreams”, a 90 minute STEM program that included concrete applications of math, science, art – all aligned with Common Core standards. Participants constructed model playhouses out of cardstock, cardboard and pipe cleaners and then decorate them with additional materials such as construction and tissue paper, “jewels”, markers, etc.

We will also do an “Adventures in Architecture” series from February 18 through 20, 2015, with a different building activity every day. These programs give the children essential skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. They apply their knowledge to real-world settings, become better aware of their communities, and deepen their capacity to act as engaged citizens. (

Larchmont Public Library: We offer a monthly story time centered around a science theme for 5-7 year olds called Mad Scientists Club where we read fiction and nonfiction books, talk about a science concept, and then make something to take home. We also offer a Library Lab for 8-11 year olds where we offer a fun exploration of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). We choose monthly themes. We also focus on an early literacy skill each week in our toddler programs, and offer book marks with tips on how to engage children on working on these skills.

Mount Vernon Public Library: We are currently working with the Mayor’s Youth Bureau, hosting a program that works along STEM guidelines. It took place in the fall for 8 weeks and will continue now for another 8-10 weeks.

Every time we provide the sources of primary documents and multiple points of view, we have facilitated analysis. With multiple genres, we can mash up fact and literacy expression. Access for patrons without home computers and printers make it possible for students and their families to create polished presentations. Library System subscriptions include age-appropriate review of fundamentals with test question feedback. Online databases back up research. Specialized teachers, program presenters and performers provide positive experiences which encourage repeat visits to the library, stimulate curiosity, and motivate learning. Libraries embody freedom to read, access, and boundless information in all subjects including those not yet neither imagined nor taught formally, we are the free, unbiased portal to it all – every day, every hour we are open.

(Armonk) North Castle Public Library: We changed how we ordered materials and have put together focus on creating readers advisory tools to help children find materials, especially for children who prefer fiction to nonfiction.

Mamaroneck Public Library: We are doing a good amount of STEM programming and programs related to the maker movement, integrating some nonfiction books into our existing early literacy story time programs, and generally beefing up our nonfiction collection to support the common core.

Common Core Presentation with Lisa Kropp

Below are the handouts from the Common Core presentation:

fact and fiction pairsfiction-nonfiction mashupCommon Core creative curious reads

Also below is Lisa’s PowerPoint presentation:

public libraries in a common core world – PowerPoint

Please especially look at the last slide for it has very useful links to the referred – website of the Common Core


Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standards


International Reading Association
Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State StandardsThe International Reading Association (IRA) announces the release of a set of guidelines for the successful implementation of the English Language Arts (ELA) Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The guidelines white paper/statement entitled Literacy Implementation Guidance for the ELA Common Core State Standardscan be downloaded for FREE at

These guidelines address the need for a link between reading instruction and the ELA CCSS. They provide teachers and educational leaders with recommendations on how to integrate many of the central ideas of the standards into effective practice. They represent a consensus of the thinking of literacy leaders in the field who support thoughtful implementation of the standards for student literacy achievement.

“Reading instruction remains at the core of any successful education reform,” IRA president Carrice Cummins explains. “The Standards set a foundation for focusing curriculum and instruction, and IRA’s Reading Guidelines will serve as a lens to link them together and empower teachers to focus on what is needed to make a difference for their students.”

The guidelines capture the most pressing issues in clear language, point out their significance for those responsible for implementation, and then offer clear guidance on accomplishing the task at hand. Seven specific issues are addressed, including:
• Challenging texts
• Foundational skills
• Comprehension
• Vocabulary
• Writing
• Disciplinary literacy
• Diverse learners

The guidelines were drafted by a special IRA CCSS Committee chaired by Brenda Overturf and Timothy Shanahan. Visit the CCSS guidelines webpage to learn more about this committee.

Also on the CCSS guidelines webpage, there is an opportunity to join the IRA mailing list and receive notification of CCSS-related publications in the future.

IRA also offers a question-and-answer webpage as well as ELA CCSS resources from IRA journals, IRA books, IRA webinars, Reading Today, Members-Only, and other organization websites on a special section of our website at

Click here to download the FREE CCSS Guidelines now!