Category Archives: Blogger Library Service to Special Population Children and their Caregivers

Serving Adults with Special Needs in the Children’s Library

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about serving adults with special needs as a children’s librarian. I work at a large urban library and we have the luxury of having a specific children’s library area. Our policy states that you … Continue reading

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Could a Child With a Disability Use Your MakerSpace?

There’s a wonderful article in the March 10, 2014 issue of People magazine called “A Helping Hand for a Friend” http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20795392,00.html. It’s the story of a 17-year-old boy who used plans for a Robohand from www.thingiverse.com and the 3-D printer … Continue reading

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Braille and Talking Book Libraries

It seems lately that the blogs and listservs I’m reading have all started a conversation about focusing more on improving literacy for students with disabilities. One way to help your patrons who may not be receiving the help they need … Continue reading

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Boys and Girls

In the March 16, 2014 edition of The Independent, literary editor Katy Guest announced that the newspaper would no longer review gender-specific books. “Any Girls’ Book of Boring Princesses that crosses my desk will go straight into the recycling pile … Continue reading

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What Do You Mean by Special Population?

Since I started serving on the Committee for Library Services to Special Population Children and their Caregivers I am often asked, “What do you mean by special population?” The more I think about this question, the more I realize that … Continue reading

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Mandatory Reporting

As librarians we know that April is ‘National Poetry Month’ but did you know that it’s ‘Stress Awareness Month’ or ‘National Donate Life Month’? With so many monthly designations it’s hard to keep up. We become saturated with “awareness” and … Continue reading

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Attracting Users to An Inclusive Space

One of my favorite parts about my job are the school tours that I give each month. The students come to learn what makes our library different – from providing braille and talking books to accessible technologies to our recording … Continue reading

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One more winner!

Midwinter was indeed an exciting time as you can tell from the blog posts about good times at Reading Terminal Market, discussion groups and Networking Uncommons and, of course, those ever popular Youth Media Awards. Well, while the exclusive book … Continue reading

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