Bringing Classes into the Public Library: A Handbook for Librarians

Bringing Classes into the Public Library: A Handbook for Librarians

by Martha Seif Simpson, Lucretia I. Duwel

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786428069
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/21/2007
Pages: 183
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



Introduction 1



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 A—Plans and Forms: Preparing for a Class Visit Program 79

Appendix B—Web Sites 91

Appendix C—Plans, Letters, and Forms: Elementary School Class Visits 97

Appendix D—Elementary School Student Activity Sheets 127

Appendix E—Plans, Letters, and Forms: Secondary School Class Visits 149

Index 171

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Bringing Classes into the Public Library: A Handbook for Librarians 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
davidloertscher on LibraryThing 10 months ago
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.