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Transforming Summer Programs at Your Library: Outreach and Outcomes in Action
Call Number: 028..9 COLE
Publication Date: 2018-02-18
Changes in public libraries, the communities they serve, children’s lives, and educational research all demonstrate that traditional summer reading programs need to be reimagined. Working groups of librarians, in partnership with the California Library Association and the California State Library, have done just that, creating and implementing outcomes- and outreach-based summer reading programs that speak directly to diverse and changing communities. Drawing on case studies from several different libraries, this book shows how other libraries can transform their own summer programs. Offering a vision of change in action, the authors
-- begin with an historical overview of summer programming in public libraries and a review of the research and conditions that have prompted recent changes in summer programs;
-- discuss the principles, strategies, and evaluation framework that California librarians have created to transform their institutions;
-- review a statewide campaign, Summer Matters, that is working to provide equitable summer learning opportunities for all children in California; and
-- take an in-depth look at Lunch at the Library, a public library summer meal project, which brings underserved families to the library while providing learning opportunities for children, volunteer opportunities for teens, and resources for adults.
Public library staff and educators will feel inspired and empowered by the positive examples put forth in this book.
Tactical Urbanism for Librarians: Quick, Low-Cost Ways to Make Big Changes
Call Number: 025.1 MUNR
Publication Date: 2017-06-01
Tactical urbanism, a global grassroots movement to improve cities by and for the people who live in them, has applications that are tailor made for libraries. Tactics like “start small,” “value intangibles,” and “bundle pragmatics with delight” can help libraries engage with their users while also solving immediate problems. Best of all, these projects can be lightweight, inexpensive, and quick to realize. Here, Munro offers plentiful examples from cities and libraries that show where tactical urbanism is happening now and making a difference. A quick-start guide that inspires and empowers libraries to launch their own tactical library projects, this book addresses such topics as
-- useful urbanism concepts such as placemaking, pink zones, design thinking, and optical leverage;
-- 12 steps to becoming a tactical library interventionist;
-- 4 tactical urbanism case studies, such as the Astoria Scum River Bridge, Park(ing) Day, and Self-Gentrification, with discussion of why they matter to libraries;
-- 5 library case studies, including Library Box, Boston Street Labs Storefront Library, and a “Dewey-Less” Library System, that demonstrate how libraries can apply tactical urbanism concepts;
-- how cities and libraries can overlap initiatives, spotlighting real-world examples; and
-- ways that library leaders can cultivate a tactics-friendly organization.
This book illustrates how tactical urbanism offers librarians the tools to deliver fast, inexpensive, and innovative projects with big impact.
The Collection All Around: Sharing Our Cities, Towns, and Natural Places
Call Number: 021.2 DAVI
Publication Date: 2017-02-06
Public libraries’ mission, skills, and position in their communities make them ideal facilitators of public access to local resources. In other words, the collection is all around, and libraries can help citizens discover historical, cultural, and natural riches that they might otherwise overlook. Providing smart planning and implementation advice, this guide shows public libraries how to make the most of these outreach opportunities. Using ideas drawn from libraries from around the country, it covers
-- why this type of initiative is important, demonstrating how this model strengthens libraries with regard to community and institutional support;
-- programs for brokering public access to cultural venues via ticketing platforms;
-- using library event calendars to feature the programs and meetings of other city agencies, community organizations, and affiliated institutions;
-- the joint use of library cards as IDs, for banking, and as parking/transit passes;
-- ways that libraries can act as guides to local resources, including such examples of “pathfinding” as historical/cultural walking tours, navigating social services, and providing guidance on government benefits and civic involvement;
-- parklets, crosswalk murals, food truck roundups, and other programs for extending the public library beyond its walls;
-- initiatives for improving access and connections to natural surroundings such as nature-play environments, offsite StoryWalks, nature maps, and circulating outdoor gear and state parks passes; and
-- talking points for new and existing partner buy-in, planning advice for getting started and managing the launch, budgeting guidance, technology considerations, and other helpful tips.
This book offers up dozens of great ways that public libraries can leverage their strengths and enrich their communities.
Creating and Managing the Full-Service Homework Center
Call Number: 025.50973 MEDI
Publication Date: 2017-11-30
Despite the proliferation of online homework websites and tutoring services, public libraries still have an important role to play when it comes to supporting young people’s educational needs. Public libraries that take a proactive approach—by setting up organized homework centers—have the potential to become catalysts for better performance in school, improved self-esteem, and engaged learning. Whether readers are investigating the possibility of setting up a center from scratch or are eager to revamp an existing center, this book shows the way forward with
-- discussion of the philosophy behind a public library homework center and its many benefits, with useful talking points for getting stakeholders on board;
-- examples of model programs from across the country;
-- guidance on assessing the community’s educational priorities and utilizing outcome-based planning and evaluation methods;
-- pragmatic advice on how to collaborate with schools and educators to coordinate goals;
-- thorough consideration of such key issues as carving out a space, setting hours, scheduling staff, and selecting and procuring educational resources;
-- handy tools for a successful homework center, including sample surveys, homework helper application forms and contracts, staff and volunteer job descriptions, and focus group questions;
-- advice on equipment and technology considerations; and
-- methodologies for evaluation and improvement.
This comprehensive resource will help public libraries create and manage a vibrant homework center that effectively serves students while also building community support for the library.
Stories, Songs, and Stretches!: Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement
Call Number: 027.625 SCHE
Publication Date: 2017-02-01
Young children love to move—and that’s a great thing! Because in addition to supporting early learning, storytime can provide young children with opportunities to explore physical movement. The centuries-old contemplative movement practice known as yoga is more than just a passing trend; it can offer physical, emotional, and mental benefits to practitioners of all ages, including young children. And getting started with yoga storytime doesn’t require any previous yoga experience. This new book from accomplished library trainer Scherrer shows how to use yoga and movement to create playful, active storytimes. A complete guide for library staff and others serving young children, this resource draws on Scherrer’s experience as a children’s librarian and a yoga teacher, as well as research from the health and education fields, to
-- introduce yoga, exploring its history while dispelling myths about the practice;
-- demonstrate how yoga and movement can support children’s early learning and social-emotional development;
-- explain the differences between children’s yoga classes and yoga storytimes;
-- lay out step-by-step directions on how to design and launch a yoga storytime program, including guidance on materials selection, the logistical arrangements of physical space, props, and marketing;
-- provide descriptions of more than 35 basic, child-friendly yoga poses suitable for anyone to use with children;
-- offer 12 ready-to-use yoga storytime plans; and
-- include an extensive bibliography of helpful print and online resources for future program planning.
Readers will find the complete guidance they need to immediately begin incorporating yoga and movement into their storytime programs.
50+ Fandom Programs: Planning Festivals and Events for Tweens, Teens, and Adults
Call Number: 027.60973 ALES
Publication Date: 2017-05-01
This book of ready-to-go programs and events will help public libraries give fans who are passionate about genres, characters, games, and book series plenty of reasons to return to the library again and again. Fandom programming can require planning across departments, tie-ins to collections and community partnerships, and targeted marketing. But the fun content cooked up by the three best-selling authors in this guide makes it easy to stay organized every step of way, with events broken down into components that streamline planning and facilitates coordination. Adaptable for a wide range of ages, this resource
-- covers all the basics of how to host a fandom event, including prep time, length of program, number of patrons, budget, and supplies needed;
-- suggests an age range (tweens, teens, millennials, older adults) for each program while also offering ways to tailor it to different groups;
-- presents such imaginative and engaging programming ideas as 50 Shades of Hot Books, Old School Video Games, Women in Comics, Creating Steampunk Outfits, Superhero School, and many more;
-- provides ideas for perennial fan favorites like Harry Potter, horror stories, and sports; and
-- gives tips on how to stay current with what’s popular and ways to incorporate popular activities like cosplay, trivia, and movie-oke.
Filled with projects and ideas that can be used with a variety of fandoms and interests, this programming book will ensure both quick planning and great turnout.
36 Workshops to Get Kids Writing: From Aliens to Zebras
Call Number: 027.625 HURT
Publication Date: 2017-11-30
Creative writing encourages imaginations to take flight, and when adults use the right approach, building literacy skills becomes a form of play that gets kids excited to create their own stories. Packed with ready-to-use lesson plans designed for kindergarten- and early elementary-aged children, this book will help librarians add creative writing activities to more traditional storytime initiatives and school librarians enrich English Language Arts lessons. Hurtado’s resource provides:
-- an entire year’s worth of weekly lesson plans, adaptable as needed, that include instructions, handouts, and everything needed to plan and prepare;
-- recommended read-alouds for each lesson plan;
-- ideas and activities scaffolded for different ability levels;
-- tips for using humor and silliness to grab kids’ attention and keep them engaged;
-- information on how creative writing dovetails with Common Core standards, emphasizing skills and critical thinking over rote learning; and
-- additional quality read-aloud picture books that can be used as inspiration to create new lessons.
This book will serve as a handy lesson/program planning tool for any children’s or school librarian interested in exploring new ideas to teach creative writing and higher literacy.
Encourage Reading from the Start: Essays, Articles, and Interviews from the field
Call Number: 028.55 SCAL
Publication Date: 2017-11-30
A past-president of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and longtime spokesperson for First Amendment issues as they relate to children and young adults, for several decades Scales has been a tireless champion for children’s reading in all its richness and diversity. This collection gathers her most popular editorials, feature articles, and author interviews from the pages of Book Links magazine. Filled with stimulating ideas for school and public librarians, this book
-- spotlights compelling editorial columns that cover the core values of ALA, including democracy, privacy, and diversity;
-- includes interviews with popular authors such as Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Graham Salisbury, Elana K. Arnold, Angela Cerrito, and many others; and
-- features essays on reading trends and classroom discussion topics, with annotated bibliographies.
These interesting and engaging pieces will inspire all those who work with young readers.
63 Ready-To-Use Maker Projects
Call Number: 025.5 MAKE
Publication Date: 2017-10-01
This new compilation from editor and maker Kroski spotlights a multitude of creative projects that you can tailor for your own library. Librarians and makers from across the country present projects as fun as an upcycled fashion show, as practical as Bluetooth speakers, and as mischievous as a catapult. Included are projects for artists, sewers, videographers, coders, and engineers. The handy reference format will help you quickly identify the estimated costs, materials, and equipment; and because several projects don’t even require a dedicated makerspace, every library can join in. Inside you’ll find how-to guidance for projects like
-- a foam rocket launcher;
-- stop-motion animation with 3D print characters;
-- found-object robots;
-- glowing ghost marionettes;
-- Arduino eTextiles;
-- magnetic slime;
-- yarn painting;
-- fidget flannels;
-- an LED brooch; and
-- cardboard sculpture.
With takeaways like origami tea lights or a t-shirt tote bag, your patrons will be sure to remember how much fun your library can be.
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