Date Approved


Embargo Period


Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. in School and Public Librarianship


Special Educational Services/Instruction


College of Education


Shontz, Marilyn


Libraries and toddlers--New Jersey; Public libraries--Activity programs--New Jersey


Library and Information Science


The purpose of this study was to determine if public libraries in New Jersey provide early literacy programs for children age birth to 23 months based on PLA "Every Child Ready To Read @ your library" program. Questionnaires were provided electronically to a sample of 52 public children's librarians in New Jersey.

A total of 15 responses were received. When asked if the respondents used the Early Literacy Every Child Ready To Read birth to 23 months program materials sent to them by the State Library in 2005, 33% used some of the aspects of the workshop outline and 33% created their own version incorporating some of the elements. Thirteen percent used the materials in a program following the workshop outline. Twenty percent tried using the materials but for extraneous reasons were not successful, and 13% had not used the materials at all. Judging from the results, this indicates that the respondents found the materials in the kit to be worthwhile to use, and that the "Every Child Ready To Read @ your library" program was a successful program for these respondents.