Blogger - School-Age Programs and Service Committee, Programming Ideas

Book Clubs, Reimagined

A staple of children’s libraries, book clubs encourage reading, analysis and thoughtful discussion.  They provide wonderful opportunities to delve into novels of substance and help groups of kids tackle challenging questions about books and life.  At my library, we offer a slate of school-age book clubs, for ages ranging from 3rd to 7th grade, including discussions for children and adults together.  But many reliable library programs benefit from change, and over the past few years, we have seen some shifts in the materials and approaches we use, especially incorporating more nonfiction and comics formats in what had once been a stronghold for the middle grade novel. This year, we’ve decided to increase our focus on other forms of literacy beyond textual comprehension.  After a wonderful Whole Book Approach workshop at the Darien Library’s annual KidLib Unconference, we have reimagined one of our regular afterschool programs to focus on visual literacy….

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Fines: Yay or Nay?

Do fines keep people away from the library?   My personal and unscientific personal analysis is that yes, they do. Why do people avoid the library when they have accumulated fines?  Some are embarrassed.  Some don’t have the financial ability to pay.  Others may not understand the avenues for resolving a library fine and then just avoid the library when their fines reach an unpayable (or blocked) amount.

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Why Children’s Librarians Should Run the World (or at least the library)

I’ve been thinking about leadership a lot lately as the Managing Children’s Services Committee has played a role in the ALSC Mentoring Program.  I’m always blown away by the quality of people we have working in the children’s department, and equally surprised that we don’t have even more children’s librarians who are moving up into management positions.

Blogger Angela Reynolds, Slice of Life

Trick or Treat?

“Want to wear a costume in a graveyard and be in a movie?” On a recent vacation to New England, I was asked if I’d like to make a little day trip to Boston to help out with a literacy project my friend Kirsten was working on. It was going to happen in a graveyard. I got to wear a costume. I got to hang out with people who love, promote, and write kid’s books. How could I say no?

Blogger Liaison with National Organizations, Child Advocacy, Collaboration, Committees, Partnerships

Join the PTA and Celebrate Outreach!

If your library attended any outreach events at Back to School nights, or you have a school age child, you are probably hearing a lot about joining your local Parent Teacher Organizations. However, have you considered joining the PTA of the schools your library serves?