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Crash Course in Family Literacy Programs
     

Crash Course in Family Literacy Programs

by Rosemary Chance
 

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This book collects the research on literacy, information regarding the importance of reading to children, sources of funding, and places to find information about literacy programs in the 50 states—all in a single volume.

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This book collects the research on literacy, information regarding the importance of reading to children, sources of funding, and places to find information about literacy programs in the 50 states—all in a single volume.

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School Library Journal
The material in this slim volume is presented in a dry, unengaging, and somewhat disjointed manner, and the intended audience is unclear. Although the book seeks to address public and/or school librarians and library administrators, it is uncertain whether it succeeds at reaching any of these target audiences effectively. It begins by providing a general definition of literacy, and of family literacy specifically, and a discussion of the socioeconomic and cultural variables to development, at-risk populations, and barriers to literacy. Subsequent chapters include information about funding sources and the grant-application process; research about family literacy and the importance of reading; national model family literacy initiatives; the planning, publicity, and assessment of family literacy events; parent-child literacy interaction; and bilingual/multicultural family literacy. Samples of family literacy programs, with book titles and related activities, are provided. An appendix includes interviews with a public librarian, a school librarian, a school principal, and a reading specialist regarding family literacy. It is surprising that although the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) initiative, Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library, is briefly mentioned, there is no in-depth discussion of this program, although other national programs not as relevant to public and school libraries are discussed in greater depth. Although references are listed after every chapter, no list of recommended books, websites, and resources is provided. For more comprehensive information on this topic, see Susan B. Neuman and David K. Dickinson's Handbook of Early Literacy Research (Guilford, 2011) and Patricia A. Edwards's Children's Literacy Development: Making It Happen Through School, Family, and Community Involvement (Allyn & Bacon, 2003). For practical information regarding planning effective family literacy programs, see Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz's Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success (ALA, 2005) and Kathryn Totten's Family Literacy Storytimes: Readymade Storytimes Suitable for the Whole Family (Neal-Schuman, 2009).—Francesca Burgess, Brooklyn Public Library, NY
From the Publisher
"This text could easily be used by the new librarian put in charge of heading or creating a family literacy program as well as the seasoned professional who is new to this role. The work is a great review as well as introduction to the life of a librarian, illustrating both the positive and the challenging situations." - ARBA

"Combining more than three decades of experience in elementary-school classrooms and media centers with doctoral studies in library science and education, respectively, Chance and Sheneman bring voices of experience and authority to Libraries Unlimited's latest Crash Course edition. . . . A valuable guide for first-timers that still manages to include useful tips for veterans, this is a solid choice for professional-reading collections at all levels of public and school libraries." - Booklist Online

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598848892
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
03/08/2012
Series:
Crash Course
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
127
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Rosemary Chance, PhD, is assistant professor in the Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX.

Laura Sheneman, EdD, teaches in the Department of Library Science at Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX. Previously, she served as an elementary school librarian.

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