With so much competing for the time of today’s students, youth services librarians have an especially challenging job. How can they reach their target audience? One of the surest ways is the promotionthrough the local school systemof a series of class visits to the public library. But where to begin? Choosing a grade level, contacting school officials and teachers, and planning age-appropriate programs are among the many steps that librarians must takebut may feel unprepared for.
Encouraging the collaboration of professionals in public libraries and local schools, this comprehensive guide presents a detailed framework for a versatile program of class visits. Written by two public librarians with firsthand experience, it describes, in a step-by-step format, how to accomplish a structured series of class visits. The book addresses procedures, planning and implementation, and offers suggestions for both elementary and secondary school visits. Informational packets and other print materials are provided for each level. Possible challenges are discussed, with thoughts on their impact on the overall program and ways to find workable solutions. The appendices contains easily adaptable templates including sample schedules, letters to teachers and evaluation forms.
|Publisher:||McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.36(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Martha Seif Simpson is head of children’s services at Stratford Library Association in Stratford, Connecticut. Lucretia I. Duwel is the head of Teen Services at the Stratford Library Association in Stratford, Connecticut. She has co-chaired the regional YA Roundtable of the Connecticut Library Association.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
1. How to Get Started 5
2. Procedure for Elementary School Visits 16
3. Materials for Elementary School Visits 24
4. Procedure for Secondary School Visits 29
5. Variations of the Secondary School Visit 39
6. Materials for Secondary School Visits 44
7. Common Challenges 49
8. The Benefits of Class Visits 66
Appendix APlans and Forms: Preparing for a Class Visit Program 79
Appendix BWeb Sites 91
Appendix CPlans, Letters, and Forms: Elementary School Class Visits 97
Appendix DElementary School Student Activity Sheets 127
Appendix EPlans, Letters, and Forms: Secondary School Class Visits 149
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
School and public library cooperation is as essential as ever, particularly as many elementary school libraries are now staffed with paraprofessionals. Our authors propose class visits to the public library for both elementary and secondary classrooms and provide ideas from the public library perspective of how to make this happen. For many, these ideas are and should have been happening for many years, but personnel change and programs die and must be rekindled. If that is the case in your community, then this book is probably worth the price to get the conversation started. For the experienced, a whole new assessment needs to be made about connections, particularly digital, between school and public libraries so that information services are both complimentary and 24/7. Such ideas are not found in this book, but if you are reading this review and have advanced ideas for true collaboration and even integration, then perhaps you could write a book on the topic, or at least an article.