AILA (American Indian Library Association) and APALA have joined forces to launch a new website, named Talk Story: Sharing Stories, Sharing Culture (http://www.talkstorytogether.org),
focused on providing a wealth of information to librarians, educators, and parents interested in promoting family literacy to Asian Pacific American and Native American parents and children.

Here’s more from an American Libraries news release:

Part of the Family Literacy Focus initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), Talk Story is a library-based family literacy model that reaches out to Asian/Pacific American (APA) and Native American (NA) children and families. Talk Story promotes early literacy skills and cultural literacy development in emergent-readers and early readers. The program engages children and their families in storybook reading, storytelling, book sharing, art, music, dance and other cultural activities. Through family literacy, Talk Story celebrates APA and NA cultures by building self-esteem and cultural identity in our children, while sharing knowledge and fostering an understanding of cultural diversity to children of all backgrounds.

Talk Story is generously supported by the American Library Association as part of ALA 2009-2010 President Camila Alire’s Family Literacy Focus Initiative. For information, please visit www.talkstorytogether.org, or contact Liana Juliano at lj12116@yahoo.com or Sherise Kimura at kimura@usfca.edu.

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