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Be a Library Champion

Because Libraries Make Leaders

Earlier this month, library advocates from across the country converged on Capitol Hill for National Library Legislative Day. This year, the Public Awareness Committee (PAC) was pleased to have their new Information Sheet included in legislator packets.                     Today, we have super-library-advocate, Amy Koester, with us to talk about how she used the new information sheet at this year’s NLLD.

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Sights and sounds of Día

Bubbles, books, music, live creatures, families and so many smiles…these are the sights and sounds of Día de los niños, Día de los libros in San Francisco.  This is my last post as PAC Chair and I am dedicating it to Día, one of my favorite events inspired by the partnership of ALSC and REFORMA.   As a longstanding Día leader, San Francisco Public Library plays an essential role.  Maricela Leon-Barrera, SFPL’s Early Learning Coordinator, works all year planning, preparing, promoting and wrangling resources to connect children with books and delights.  On the heels of the 19th celebration, Maricela shares her insights.     Q:  What does Día mean to San Francisco families? Día is a unique celebration and an opportunity for families to enjoy time together and connect with other families in a safe and welcoming outdoor space. It’s truly a literacy themed street party for the entire family!…

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Countdown to Summer Reading

Kids are SOOOOOOOOO very excited this time of year.  They are excited that the weather is warmer (FINALLY here on the North Coast) and they can play outdoors.  They are excited as new sports seasons get started.  They are excited that school is nearing completion. And they are excited about the impending Summer Reading at their library! Or at least they should be.  And they will be if they hear your impassioned plea for them to join in on the fun. If only you can get into the schools to tell them. Which has become harder every year it seems.  I understand why.  Schools are under an exorbitant amount of pressure for students to perform well on standardized testing, and in Ohio, that means lots of testing during the month of April.  In addition, here the school year has been shifted forward several weeks, again to accommodate testing.  Some of…

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Gearing Up for Summer Reading and Summer Learning @ Your Library!

It’s that time of year again! If you’re lucky, you’ve completed all of your planning for summer and are currently relaxing with a cup of tea. If you’re like me, you’re frantically trying to finalize all of your programs for the summer while simultaneously waiting patiently for your reading logs to arrive so you can begin your outreach. Like most people, I do a huge portion of my Summer Learning outreach in May and June. At the beginning of May, I reach out to all of the schools in my district and arrange for a time to visit the school. In the past, I have spoken at large school assemblies or done individual classroom visits. Our library system gives out a free book to every child who signs up for our Summer Learning program, so I also bring enough logs and age appropriate books for every child in the school…