Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): More Information About One Access

The Collaboration Toolkit published this spring highlights successful collaborations between school and public libraries. One of these programs is ONE Access in Charlotte-Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. As outlined in the toolkit, students in participating schools use their student ID numbers, rather than a library card, to access resources of the public library. School staff may use their employee IDs to access digital resources. ONE Access began as a collaborative project between the library system and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, a district serving over 140,000 students. In the following years individual charter and independent schools have joined ONE Access. Creating access to resources alone, however, is insufficient to reach the goals of the program. In order to ensure success, Martha Link Yesowitch, the Educational Partnerships Manager for the Library, has created presentations and handouts that may be individually tailored to the needs of various stake holders. The library provides staff development for…


Storytime Summit Fun

Storytimes are perhaps the most beloved component of library services to families with young children. As a result, finding fun and effective ways to support the librarians who provide these engaging services is crucial. These beliefs provided the foundation for our development of Salt Lake County Library Systems’ full day training called the Storytime Summit, held in August of 2017.  Our attendees included youth services librarians, library branch managers and members of our administration and library board. The Storytime Summit began with a fun activity designed to give everyone a chance to say hello and reconnect.  We welcomed staff by sharing our central objective, which was to provide support for the creation, development and implementation of engaging early learning programming at each of our library branches. We also reviewed Every Child Ready to Read practices, as they provide the scaffold for all of the programming for our youngest customers and…

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Telling Your Summer Reading Story

Madison Public Library Spoke'n Words at the Wild Rumpus

As I was working on our 2019 budget narratives this last month, I was struck once again by the importance of telling stories. The stories we are telling our funders (both governmental and private) are crucial to our success in securing the funds we need to accomplish our goals. And telling the story of summer reading is no exception — we need to message to our funders to help them understand just why summer reading is so important to our communities. Over the last few summers, the youth services team at the Madison Public Library has been implementing some new strategies to do this. They include: Sending weekly reports to our Library Director. One of our big summer programming initiatives involves programming in the parks. Our librarians provide the Director a weekly summary including photos, attendance numbers, the teaching objective of the week, and a comment from a parent or…

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Wish You Were Here…ALA Annual 2018

New Orleans in June: stifling heat outside, sweater weather inside, and another ALA Annual Conference successfully navigated in possibly the longest convention hall in the country.  For those who had to miss it this year, here are some of the highlights from an ALSC intellectual freedom angle:  No doubt you have heard that the ALSC Board voted unanimously to change the name of the Wilder Award to the “Children’s Literature Legacy Award”.  Unfortunately, there has been quite a bit of confusion and misinformation circulating about this decision.  It is well worth your time to read the entire ALSC Statement about its decision,  and to follow up with the blogpost by Jamie LaRue, Director of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, here.   The title of the award now aligns more closely with one of ALSC’s core values, inclusiveness, and should not be interpreted as an attempt to censor Wilder’s books.   Concerned about information literacy? At a panel discussion about “Fake…

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Who Are Your Library Partners?

Forming partnerships allows libraries to expand their services, share their expertise and strengthen their position in the community. Additionally, working with other organizations to support youth services in libraries is a two-way street, where the partnering organization benefits, as well as the library. The ALSC Building Partnerships Committee helps identify and share information about building effective, cooperative and innovative partnerships. Linked below is our growing list of organizations that support Youth Services. Organizations Supporting Youth Services    We want to hear from you. What successful partnerships has your library cultivated recently? Jackie Cassidy engages children and families in a love of reading and sparks their passion for learning as a librarian at Harford County Public Library in Maryland. She is Co-Chair of the Building Partnership Committee. 

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Homemade Interactive Play Stations to Invite Imaginary Play

I recently attended a training given by two of my amazing co-workers about their fantastic homemade interaction play stations. Once I saw what Emily and Kelly had created, I was inspired to try it out at my branch and I knew I had to share their creativity with others! Emily & Kelly: We noticed in our interactions with children in both our storytimes and outreach visits that when we asked an open-ended question that required them to use their imaginations children would either not answer or respond with “I don’t know.” So we started looking for ways to introduce pretend play to spark their imaginations. We also wanted to demonstrate to parents the importance of pretend play and the ability to provide the same types of learning opportunities at home without having to invest in expensive toys.