ALA Midwinter 2013

Talking about School Library/Public Library Partnerships #alamw13

The opportunity to meet and idea-share with colleagues from all over the country is quickly becoming one of my favorite things about Midwinter. Last night I attended a few events where school librarians and public children’s librarians abounded, and a consistent topic of interest was the potential in school library/public library partnerships.

Some of the ideas I heard about and look forward to sharing with school librarians in my local school district back home:
– Mock Newbery and/or Caldecott discussions, or award information presentations
– summer reading promotional rallies
– library card drives (promotion to get all children in a grade/school library cards)
– frequent public librarian presence in the school library, and school librarian presence in the public library, to build visibility and a literacy support network

That’s just a smattering of how school and public librarians are working together to provide outstanding services and support for the children in their communities. How do you partner with other libraries/librarians in your area?


  1. Marge Loch-Wouters

    I just finished a series of posts on successful school/public library partnerships for all size libraries at my blog after being inspired by the January SLJ cover story. I am a true believer in collaborations!

  2. Corrine Benn

    My local library as been displaying my 1st graders artwork featuring our Caldecott choices for the past 3 years. It’s a wonderful experience. The children feel like literary/artistic “rock stars”.

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