Even when school is out for the summer, some school libraries in Baltimore are open for business, providing books, activities, and meals to hundreds of Baltimore City students.
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The St. Joseph County Public Library teams up with the University of Notre Dame to improve library services to students and faculty.
If you work with children’s books and go online, there’s no way you can miss the colorful logo of the “We Need Diverse Books” (WNDB) campaign, which launched in 2014. What started as a tweet between creators Malinda Lo and Ellen Oh has turned into a grassroots movement that has bloggers, authors, librarians, and publishers getting involved and addressing the need for diverse characters and narratives in children’s literature.
Recently I attended an American Libraries webinar on The Future of Libraries. Among the many topics that were discussed was the idea that libraries need to get out of the stacks and into the community. Many libraries already support organizations within the community, whether it’s through hosting events or posting informational pamphlets about these local organizations. However this idea explores how the library can leave the building and help the community.
About two years ago, Smashwords was busy working with Los Gatos (CA) Public Library to introduce the world of self-publishing to the library’s patrons. Since then, the affiliation between the two groups has taken on a new venue: local high school classrooms.
It breaks our hearts to see increased numbers of unhappy children being dragged to the library by concerned parents wanting to improve reading skills. We believe there is a genre of books that will help both parents and children find reading happiness.
In 2013, the Washington County (Minn.) Library (WCL) began collaborating with South Washington County School District (SWCSD) (District 833) to support the district’s Transforming Thinking through Technology (T3) initiative. This new curriculum incorporates a variety of digital learning tools and strategies, including tablet-based learning, flipped classrooms, and a gradual phasing out of textbooks from select classes. WCL has taken a multi-departmental approach to providing support services to district staff and students, leveraging library resources on a variety of fronts and demonstrating library utility to a number of different audiences.
During a time of budget cuts and stretched finances, partnerships can be a great way to do more with less. One of the best collaborations public libraries can make is with their local school libraries. By discussing community needs and sharing resources, both libraries will profit immensely. Since this type of collaboration is hardly a novel idea, here are a couple fresh approaches to the school and public library alliance.