School’s out for summer, but the library is still open, and there are programs around the country looking to entice and educate kids—and their parents—while fostering a love of reading and preventing the summer slide.
Children’s librarian Lindsey Patrick recounts how Nashville Public Library redesigned its summer reading program into a flexible model that addressed the drop in participants and transformed the usual stress of summer into an exciting challenge for patrons and staff.
What does your neighborhood really need from you? Tips to help libraries get to know the communities that they serve, with a resource list of potential partners, literacy and early childhood organizations, and sources of demographic data.
The Arapahoe Library District’s (ALD) recent technology fair, Tour de Tech, left the public talking tech—and about libraries as community hubs for difficult-to-access technologies. Seventy percent of attendees who filled out an evaluation had never attended a library event before.
Collaboration comes in all shapes and sizes. Winneconne Public Library pulled off a ‘Wizard of Oz’ cast party that brought the tiny Winneconne community (pop. 2,300) together in a big way.
Colorado youth librarian Andrea Wyant shares an innovative program for kids and teens. Chop, saw, hammer, tape, glue and sew old toys into wild and beautiful creations called Frankentoys.
On April 25, SLJ’s Public Library Leadership Think Tank took place at Nashville (TN) Public Library. Meridian (ID) Library District director, Gretchen Caserotti, kicked off the day with a heartfelt keynote speech about her professional journey from children’s librarian to library director, and you can listen to it here.
Hartford (CT) Public Library was recently awarded the “Hi-5″ High Impact Literacy Award from the NewAlliance Foundation that comes with a $25K windfall for the library’s embodiment of vision, responsiveness, innovation, spirit, and results in the field of literacy.
Missouri University of Science and Technology student Lara Edwards’s school assignment resulted in a vibrant and detailed mural for the Leola Millar Children’s Library in Rolla, Missouri.
For this year’s One Book 4 Colorado giveaway, over 75,000 copies of the same book will be given away to 4-year-olds across Colorado. Which book will it be?
The ‘Every Child Ready to Read® @ your Library® Toolkit for Spanish-Speaking Communities’ is available as a digital download from the ALA Store.
Something about the act of reading calls out for a safe, snug, and comfortable spot. SLJ explores an array of exceptional reading nooks, in libraries from the United States to Australia.
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Not Your Mama’s Library Program: Lanyards give way to coding and power tools in summer tech camps nationwide
Computer coding programs and robotics are just some of the tools intrepid young patrons will be using this summer as school and public librarians nationwide gear up for technology camps.
This article was published in School Library Journal's March 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.
The $1,000 award honors outstanding public library programs that increase understanding and promote multiculturalism through creative and sustainable cultural programming.
Huyen-Yen Hoang was attending a library board meeting in late 2013 when fellow members were sorting out responsibilities for 2013. She raised her hand and said “I volunteer as tribute?” Next thing she knew was the 16 year old president of the La Vista (NE) Public Library board.
Librarian and “Teen Librarian Toolbox” website creator Karen Jensen is empowering librarians to talk about sexual violence (SV) in books, and more significantly, to help teens who’ve experienced SV themselves.
The Chicago Public Library will open and staff six more YOUmedia teen spaces this summer, along with temporary “pop-ups” in 12 branches, thanks to an additional $2 million from the MacArthur Foundation and $500,000 approved by the Chicago City Council.
Students, parents, and teachers can now borrow science experiments along with other materials from the Denton (TX) Public Library and run their own chemical and mechanical observations in class—and at home.