March 24, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

LA to Expand Family Place Centers

The County of Los Angeles Public Library (CLAPL) will develop 10 more early childhood education centers and a new librarian training center, thanks to a grant from the child advocacy organization, First 5 LA.

Family Place Centers attract all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

The new “Family Place Centers” will build on the library’s existing 25 centers, which launched four years ago and have been hugely successful, attracting families from “every ethnic and socioeconomic group” in the area, says Penny Markey, CLAPL’s […]

Blurring the Lines | Teenage Riot

Urban library problems have gone suburban

Poverty and lack of resources—two problems that typically affect school and public libraries in urban cities—were recently the topics of discussion between me and a longtime friend, who is a middle school librarian near where I grew up.

Over the last few years, urban expansion has made this area of Cincinnati, once considered a “suburb,” feel more like an extension of the city rather than a separate community. Along with this change came the introduction of […]

Controversy Surrounds Library Expansion in Posh NY Hood

“Build it and they will come” didn’t seem to be on the minds of the zoning board overseeing a proposed 6,800-square-foot new children’s wing of the East Hampton Library in New York.

In an ongoing contentious review process, the East Hampton Village Board of Zoning Appeals has expressed concern that an expanded children’s collection would lead to more library usage by those who live in the less affluent areas of Springs and Wainscott, says Dennis Fabiszak, director of the East Hampton […]

Improving Literacy Through School Library Grants

It’s that time of the year again. If your school library is located in a district in which 20 percent or more of families live below the poverty line, you’re eligible for a grant from the Improving Literacy Through School Libraries program.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, the program provides funding to public school libraries to update collections, expand Internet connections, buy new technology, provide professional development for media specialists, and extend library hours.

Eligible applicants include public school districts […]

Going Green: Eco-friendly Schools

You can’t ignore the benefits of eco-friendly schools

Maybe it’s the waterless urinals or the geothermal heating and cooling system buried 515 feet underground. Or perhaps it’s the motion-activated faucets or the paints and furnishings made from low-volatile organic compounds. But one thing’s for sure: Great Seneca Creek Elementary is unlike most schools.

Since opening its doors in the fall of 2006, this school in Germantown, MD, has hosted more than two dozen tours for administrators, architects, parents, and the media—just about […]

Space, the Final Frontier: Media Centers for the 21st Century

Pat Kyle, librarian at the Washington International School (WIS), was presented with a rare opportunity. A private PreK–12 institution in northwest Washington, DC, WIS had committed to a five-year redesign of the school in which she would take an active role, helping build a brand new media center.

Having participated in a design workshop at my Building Learning Communities Summer Conference ( last year, Kyle understood how a properly designed space, one that thoughtfully integrated online learning and collaboration and content […]