Blogger Gretchen Schulz

Winter Tree Art: A Tween & Teen Collaboration

Picture of Schaumburg Library in Illinois, with blue skies and tulips.

Tweens and Teens at the Library At my library, we have recently been having the discussion of how to help bridge the gap when a child graduates from the Children’s Department and enters life as a teen in the library. We have a fairly stead and regular crowd of tweens in the Children’s Department, but they do not always continue to use the library once they become a teen. As the Tween Librarian, my main programming focus is 9-12 year olds. My Teen Librarian colleagues create programs for ages 12-19. A few months ago, my colleague had the idea of partnering with the Teen Department to have programs for tweens in their programming room. It was a great idea, and one we were able to execute this week!

Blogger Laura Schulte-Cooper

Successful Library Partnerships in Action

CAL Rewind, ALSC's Children & Libraries

Collaboration among organizations can build community awareness, enable resource sharing, and create positive synergy. Here is a sampling of Children and Libraries articles that highlight successful library partnerships. Click on each article link to read the full story about these creative relationships. Community/Library Partnership Together We’re Stronger: Helping Missoula’s Families All Under One Roof by Pam Carlton Libraries are the place to go for information and entertainment. Joining forces with community partners allows libraries to reach an even larger and more diverse population. Knowing this, the Missoula (MT) Public Library embraced an opportunity to collaborate with the Missoula Food Bank and University of Montana. The result: a dynamic learning center, EmPower Place, at the food bank facility. This “all under one roof” partnership model allowed the three organizations to collaborate and contribute their unique strengths in the creation of the space. EmPower Place’s grand opening was held in 2017, and had…

Blogger Meg Smith

No Summer Break When Planning School Partnerships

It may be tempting to focus on partnerships with the school system just during the traditional school year; however, planning partnerships year round can help ensure planning is collaborative and programs are maximized. For Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center in North Carolina, we have several projects in the planning stages that will serve as opportunities for collaboration between the school system and the public library during the next year. Cumberland County Coding Camps Cumberland County Public Library & Information Center partnered with Cumberland County Schools and Workforce Development Board to provide free coding camps to underserved youth in the community to strengthen skills in digital literacy. These week long summer day camps are housed in low income neighborhoods in community recreation centers. Participants gain skills through daily coding sessions on topics of interest to them. Youth gain insight from area speakers sharing details of their military and technology…

Blogger Heather Acerro

Summer Playlist on the Road

To build participation in Summer Playlist, our twelve-week long summer reading program, we launched a new initiative during 2018. With a focus on reaching new audiences and reducing barriers, we selected five Bookmobile stops in targeted areas of the community to offer hands-on activities and distribute free produce grown by local elementary and high school students. RPL’s Bookmobile Matrix, which takes into account: population density, diversity, areas of low income, transportation barriers, and distance to the library, provided critical information for developing a high-impact schedule for Summer Playlist on the Road. These stops were visited on a two-week rotation throughout the summer for a total of 28 events featuring the following enrichment activities: food-themed storytimes, sidewalk chalk drawings, string art, solar prints, salad spinner art, fish prints, watercolors, art straw sculptures, and coffee filter butterflies. Other Bookmobile stop activities included: new library card registration, checking out books, promoting Summer Playlist,…

Blogger AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee

Libraries Welcome all Families: a conversation with urban high school students about representation in the CT Nutmeg Nominees

Jillian Woychowski is the Library Media Specialist at West Haven High School and a member of the ALA Interdivisional Committee for School and Public Library Cooperation. Kymberlee Powe is the Head of Children’s and Teen Library Services at the West Haven Public Library I am very lucky as a school librarian to work so well with my public librarians.  Our city’s children’s and teen services librarian has held card drives and visits me on a regular basis.  We’ve coordinated getting materials for each other and worked together on summer reading. We also share the experience of serving on our state book award committee.  I served on the high school level 2018 Nutmeg committee and Kym just wrapped serving on the middle grades committee for 2020 (see Being on the committee for a state book is a serious time commitment, requiring reading 75-150 books and monthly meetings to discuss them. For…


Leaving Libraryland

Public Libraries are central to community development, especially when talking about building early literacy skills in children ages birth to five and empowering parents and caregivers to be their child’s first teacher – both inside and outside of our libraries. Of course, I do not need to convince the ALSC community of this – this is one of ALSC’s major tenets. With early childhood literacy being my passion and expertise, public libraries are a magical place to be. However, after over five years of working in youth services for public libraries, I left Libraryland in the fall of 2018 to join Too Small to Fail (TSTF), the national early brain and language development initiative of the Clinton Foundation. TSTF loves libraries, but it was not an easy decision to leave the comforting, picture book filled walls of the library community to see if the rest of the country knows that public libraries are irreplaceable when it comes to building…

Blogger AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Committee

Libraries Welcome all Families: Collaborating on Inclusive Summer Initiatives

By SPLC Committee members April Witteveen, Natasha Carty, Jill Woychowski, and Robin Gibson Public libraries are beginning to look ahead to their summer reading or summer learning programs. Through school and public library collaboration librarians can identify approaches for success using an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) lens. In order to reach as many students as possible with information about library summer programs, a great strategy is to collaborate on school visits. Natasha Carty, who’s been a public librarian, school teacher, and now a school librarian, has seen the value of these visits from all angles. As a public youth librarian, Carty’s school visits resulted in a 50% increase in participation. She’s now looking forward to inviting her local public librarians to school to promote their summer reading program, and she will be investigating if there are ways to get students registered for the program while still in school. Carty…