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The ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” Grant is now open!

Is your library reaching out to the underserved children, caregivers and families in your community?  Does your library need funding for an innovative idea or expansion to provide a service or program for this population?   The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) are now accepting online applications for the 2018 Light the Way: Library Outreach to the Underserved grant. This $3,000 grant, made possible by Candlewick Press in honor of Newbery Medalist and Geisel Honoree author Kate DiCamillo, will go to a library conducting exemplary outreach to underserved populations through a new program or an expansion of work already being done. The winning project should be well thought-out, appropriate to the target population, doable, and replicable by other libraries. Each applicant will be judged on the following: Project Information- The outline should include goals, measures of success,…

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Housing Authority Outreach: Play, Learn & Grow at Twinsburg Public Library

Back in October of 2015, our Youth Services Department realized that we were missing a connection with families residing in a local housing authority. We contacted the housing authority and asked if we could create a weekly program for children birth-age five and their caregivers.

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Reach Out and Read and Library Partnerships Bridge the Literacy Gap

Reach Out and Read (ROR) delivers books to children who wouldn’t otherwise receive them.  The program model for Reach and Read is for pediatricians to give books to families during well child visits from birth through age five. In pediatric exam rooms nationwide, pediatricians provide new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud. In many cases, this will be the first book that a child owns. That’s because Reach Out and Read serves many children in poverty, some whom have no books in the home and have barriers to accessing library services. Oral vocabulary is the number one predictor of school readiness. Considering that 80% of child’s brain is developed by the age of three, talking, reading and singing to children is the best way to help them develop the brain connections they need to be successful in school and beyond. Public libraries offer…

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Beyond GLBT Book Month: Don’t Forget GLBTQ Families After June’s Over

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For the last three years, June is GLBT Book Month has been observed by the American Library Association. Libraries of all types from across the country have participated through promoting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and other queer-related literature to people of all ages. In its short history with ALA, GLBT Book Month has already had a large effect in getting GLBTQ books into the hands of our communities. GLBT Book Month is a great time to fill a librarian’s quiver with arrows they can use all year long. Many wonderful people in the LIS community put together book lists and ideas that can be used throughout June to highlight these resources. But don’t just sequester these ideas in the back of your mind and pack up all the rainbows when July 1 rolls around! Taking a moment to focus on a specific kind of literature is good. In the midst…

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Ojibwe Board Book and Programs – Celebrating Language and Culture

Got a great idea for a service or program that will reach the under-served in your community? Library Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers Committee wants you! Here is one of our “Light the Way” grant recipients reporting on their library’s project.  We hope their story will inspire you to submit innovative and meaningful proposals that will reach populations that may not otherwise have access to programming or services.   Hannah Buckland, Director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College submitted the following summary: The ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way: Outreach to the Underserved” grant has made a substantial impact at the Bezhigoogahbow Library where staff work to develop early literacy outreach services through their Agindaasodaa! Youth Services Program.  Included in the new initiative are: weekly story times, outreach to Leech Lake Head Starts, distribution of children’s books to local family organizations, and the creation of a…

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Everybody Move It!

Chances are, you already incorporate physical games and movement activities into your programming for all ages.  But have you thought about strategies to make these program elements accessible for everyone?  Keep in mind that physical disabilities don’t always present themselves visibly, so whether you think you’ve got individuals in your community who would benefit from accommodations or not, best practice involves erring on the side of inclusion.  The great news is that making adjustments doesn’t require re-planning tried and true programs. For some expert advice on offering inclusive physical movement activities, I often look to physical education teachers.  Both in-person and online sources can offer information, ideas, and insight.  Reach out to a physical education teacher in your area, or check out one of these online sources for tips as you plan your next program: Let’s Play Together! A fun and simple guide to conduct inclusive games for all This…

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Play Café: Storytime & Special Populations

Have you ever prepped for a storytime and no one has shown up? Have you tried a new flyer, a new day, a new time — and still no traction? You read blog posts with tips for crowd control and think, Must be nice… I feel you, friend. In the Oakland Public Library system, some branches regularly pack the room while others sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” to, well, crickets. But we know there are toddlers in the neighborhood — strollers are everywhere.  A David and Lucile Packard Foundation study told us that caregivers in our community are looking for the things storytime can provide: networking and community building, early literacy support, all in a safe, free environment. Clearly our message wasn’t working. So we made some changes. We stopped saying “Storytime,” which is meaningful in some communities but was insider jargon in ours. We renamed it “Play Café,” a…