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




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 promotion—through the local school system—of 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 take—but 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.

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 0.37(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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