Blogger Building Partnerships committee

Sharing a Love of Reading – Prime Time Family Reading

Prime Time Family is a national family engagement program designed to build a love of reading.  In 2012 the program was brought to Washington State by Humanities Washington’s Family Reading program.  The King County Library System began offering Prime Time in 2012 in partnership with Humanities Washington at one elementary school in our service area.  It has since grown to six weekly sessions in 4-6 libraries each year. Prime Time Family Reading is curriculum-based.  The curriculum, created by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities in 1991, emphasizes the importance of families reading together to discuss significant cultural and ethical themes. The program creates a precondition for future learning by empowering parents and caregivers of 6-10 year olds to help their children enjoy reading and improve their reading abilities. Over the six weeks, families with children ages 3-10 participate in weekly 90-minute sessions held in the evening at King County Library…

AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee

Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Working Together to Beat Summer Slide

Summer Slide is the term for lost school achievement growth that can occur over the summer. Researchers have found that students from low income families can especially be affected, losing between 2 to 3 months in their reading levels during this time. Unfortunately, this can add up, leaving many students as much as 2 ½ to 3 years behind their peers. Children who read during the summer are more likely to have their achievement remain steady or modestly increase. School and public librarians can work together to help solve this problem. The Role of School Librarians Before the school year ends, school librarians can start a book distribution program with community partners to ensure children have books to read. In Durham (County) NC, we have partnered with Book Harvest to provide two free books to students in the school system. Prior to that partnership, I allowed for summer book check…

Blogger Meg Smith

NASA @ My Library Offers Spectacular Science

As a NASA @ My Library grant recipient, Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center receives STEM kits, technology, and resources to share with our community. Our role as a NASA @ My Library Partner aligns with our mission, “the library opens windows to the world by encouraging expression, enlightenment, and exploration,” with NASA @ My Library’s goal to strengthen STEM learning opportunities for library patrons in underserved areas. Our Youth Services Leadership team, composed of professional librarians from all eight public library locations, has already met to review grant requirements, collaborate on programming initiatives, and to coordinate these NASA-related STEM programs through system-wide planning. Our public library’s partnership with Fascinate-U Children’s Museum will offer opportunities for museum and public library collaboration through STEM programming. Our staff will partner with a local Title One public elementary school, with a high percentage of minority students and the county’s only elementary school with…

Blogger School-Age Programs and Service Committee

Taking STEAM Programs On The Road

Early this year, I learned that my library was one of the lucky recipients of an ALSC & Dollar General Literacy Foundation “Strengthening Communities Through Libraries” grant. We used the funds to create STEAM programming kits to be used alone or in different combinations for outreach programs. Our vision was to take these kits into after-school care sites serving disadvantaged populations and deliver the same type of STEAM programs we would at the library. We put out feelers to multiple sites, asking if we could come once per month to deliver a program. We thought that we would be lucky to get our foot in the door at a couple of places. In reality, we got ten enthusiastic “yes, please come” replies within days. And that’s how we ended up doing fifty extra STEAM programs that reached hundreds of kids in just five months. Every month, we developed a basic…

AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee

Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Tech Clubs

Technology Club is a partnership between the Algonquin Area Public Library District and local elementary schools.  Our Youth Technology Librarian visits schools once a month, working with the school library media specialists to lead club meetings. Students have the opportunity to participate in STEM enrichment programs and work with other technology their schools may not own.  Some of the different programs include squishy circuits, light painting, brush bots, spheros, ozobots, and coding. Currently, 24 students from two district schools participate in Tech Club.  In order to participate, students must be in grades 3 to 5 and fill out the school’s club registration form.  The school librarian tracks membership. Tech Clubs meet once a month after school. Meetings take place in the school library media centers and generally last for one hour. The Library provides the hardware, supplies, and the tech expertise and the school provides the meeting space, supervision, and school…

AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee

Gimme a C (for Collaboration!): Expanding Partnerships

I’ve been fortunate to be part of Limitless Libraries, Nashville’s groundbreaking collaboration between school and public libraries, from both the school and public library perspectives.  Students and teachers in Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) are automatically enrolled in Limitless Libraries, meaning their student and teacher ID numbers are also public library card numbers.  They can access all of Nashville Public Library’s (NPL’s) digital resources, and request physical materials that arrive through school delivery.  Additionally, Limitless Libraries supplements local schools’ library budgets to ensure all MNPS libraries have recent and relevant collections. Shortly after Limitless Libraries began, a private donor, inspired by the collaborative spirit of the program, donated $1 million through the Nashville Public Library Foundation to renovate two MNPS libraries—one high school and one middle school.  NPL’s funding and renovation experience combined with MNPS’s knowledge of their students and best school library practices to produce welcoming and functional school…

Outreach

Scholar Card: The Key to Academic Success!

It’s been an incredible week at San Francisco Public Library since the launch of the Scholar Card. What’s the Scholar Card, you might ask? This is an exclusive SFPL library card for all San Francisco Unified School District students in PreK – High School. With over 57,000 SFUSD students and 130 public schools in San Francisco, our goal is for every SFUSD student to activate their Scholar Card. Ambitious? We think not. What’s made this week so incredible is the positive response from SFUSD administrators, teachers, teacher librarians, parents, caregivers, and our own youth-serving librarians. With a streamlined library application process (read: no paper application and no parent/guardian signature required), we are hopeful that this will the key for students to access the myriad of resources that help them achieve academic success. With Scholar Cards, for free, students can:        Access Library research databases        Access language learning tools        Receive…