Community Library Programs That Work: Building Youth and Family Literacy

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"[T]here are ideas worth considering and replicating. Public libraries will welcome this as a springboard for activities that have already been successful elsewhere."—Booklist Online, June 6, 2014

"Public libraries of all sizes and resources will find ideas traditional and digital in this browseable resource."—School Library Journal, April 1, 2014

Engaging community programs are the basis of great libraries.

A collection of engaging best practices for promoting literacy development by utilizing local community connections in school and public libraries.

In a world where the Internet offers educational opportunities 24 hours a day ... where digital aids enrich and supplement printed materials ... and where online instruction is a viable option to classroom teaching, a fresh approach to learning can help libraries stay relevant and interesting to their technologically-savvy patrons. This book provides guidelines for creating dynamic and engaging library programs for children, teens, and families. Organized in thematic chapters, each chapter includes relevant topical research and three to eight community-focused approaches. Programs range from small, single-library initiatives in rural communities to multi-site, cross-border initiatives. This essential reference includes collaborative and locally-inspired programs, many of which can be scaled to the budget of any library, school, or community organization.

Beth Maddigan and Susan Bloos

ISBN-13: 9781610692632

215 pages • 8½ x 11
Published: 2013

Imprint: Libraries Unlimited

Sku: 9781610692632

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