This innovative, comprehensive resource will help you stimulate the minds of your youngest patrons with rhymes, songs, books, and other creative activities. Through researching the latest in early learner and developmental theories to provide children s librarians with the best knowledge possible, Linda Ernst carefully details the physical, mental, emotional, and social development of children 12 to 24 months. She also guides you through doing more effective outreach to all segments of your community, building and maintaining effective partnerships, and seeking funding for early childhood services. Best practices for program development are found throughout this manual. The multimedia CD companion to the book provides further ideas and instructional techniques not featured in the book, as well as excellent marketing scripts and recordings. Storytimes, rhymes, songs, fingerplays, and other activities in this text and companion multimedia CD offer the intellectual stimulation that young toddlers need to grow into future library lovers. The engaging materials and methods in this book are invaluable for experienced children s librarians looking for new ideas or new librarians starting to build their own program for the very young. This is not just a sourcebook or a reference, but a complete multimedia guide to for the very best lapsit programming possible.