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?