Lunar New Year is this Saturday, February 10th, and we are entering the Year of the Dragon. I do not pretend to be an expert on the Chinese zodiac, but dragons are believed to be auspicious beings, meaning that the year they represent can be filled with changes, opportunities, and challenges. This year, I have happily also noticed that it may also be filled with books, written in English for our customers, that delve into the Lunar New Year festitivies. This post hopes to highlight a few.
In my Family Engagement work in tandem with a school psychologist and occupational therapist, I have learned the importance of pre-writing skills in kindergarten readiness…and that many children today have fallen behind in this stage of development. We worry about the “dangers” of screens concerning attention span and other developmental stages…but scrolling with touch screens is really hampering hand development, a vital part of writing.
My library system pauses our storytimes during the month of December, so I always feel like this break is a perfect time to regroup and reevaluate storytime offerings. This reevaluation can be on the branch level: do you have the right number of storytimes for the right age group? Are they scheduled at times that work for your community?
Most youth librarians can attest to the benefits that arise when you learn the names of their young customers. When I greet children by name, they are often surprised initially surprised that I know them. The next reaction is to smile.
As Family Engagement Specialist for my library system, I spend a lot of time considering how best to keep families notified of upcoming events.
Every time September rolls around, I remember one of my most successful programs—a celebration of International Dot Day, held annually on September 15(ish).
Shhhh…. Summer’s more than halfway over. I never really like to say that out loud!
Libraries are no longer just hallowed halls of books and learning. They have adapted throughout time, always meeting the needs of the patrons and the greater community. First, computers, then internet access. Nowadays, it’s common practice for libraries to offer services such as homework help and career services, food programming with local food banks, and even resource closets with household supplies. They partner with government agencies, local housing networks, and more.