Thinking Outside the Library: Children's Outreach

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Published on March 6, 2014

Author: morgansallee


Thinking Outside the Library Morgan Sallee Craighead County Jonesboro Public Library

• Main branch of the Crowley’s Ridge Regional Library system • 7 smaller branches • Craighead and Poinsett Co. • Service Population: over 100k CCJPL

• Summer Outreach 2012: 2013: • School Year Outreach 2012: 2013: • 57 Programs 1,628 Attendance 474 Programs 7,787 Attendance 61 Programs 3,610 Attendance 285 Programs 11,716 Attendance Current School Year Daycare Program 50 Centers 89 Monthly Daycare Storytimes 1,420 Kids/Month CCJPL

• “Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves…” (ALA Library Bill of Rights) • Services for infrequent or nonusers & the underserved • Increase visibility in and engagement with the community • Create new users/supporters • Take the library to the patron • Know YOUR reasons Why Outreach?

Demographics and needs Small city surrounded by rural areas Economic drivers (education, healthcare, manufacturing, agriculture) Lower than average unemployment rate Higher than average poverty rate Significant income and education gaps Lower than average rankings on NAEP scores (National Assessment of Educational Progress) • Lack of positive after-school activities for K-12 students • • • • • • Know your community

• Identify groups with the most pressing need. Who can benefit most from our services? • Take the library to our patrons • Cultivate relationships with local nonprofits, churches, schools, and other organizations • Early Literacy efforts • School-Age Programs (during and after school) • STEAM-based community engagement (all ages) What can we do?

CCJPL Children’s Outreach, 2012 • Library Card Sign-up Program • School Visits (parent nights, author visits, SRC promotion) • SRC- Traveling Storyteller (57 programs/summer) • Dr. Seuss’s Birthday • Back-to-School Fair Where are you now?

• Potential Partners • Have realistic goals • Who, What, Where, When and Why • Make a plan Start Planning

• • • • • Schools Childcare Facilities Community Organizations Summer Programs DHS Identify Potential Partners

• Choose Carefully • Focus on Quality • Staff or Volunteers • Evaluations & • Provide Training Who? Feedback

• • • • Do your research Know your stuff Who, what ,where, when, & why Funding (how much, sources) • Graphs & numbers • Know your decision-makers, what are their goals? Convincing the Decision-Makers

Traveling Storyteller Program Monthly Storytime Visits Books in a Bag Year-Round Reading Program • Parent Nights • Early Literacy training • • • • Daycare Program

• • • • • • SRC Promotion & Booktalks Parent Nights/ Family Fairs Library Card Sign-up School Visits Author/Illustrator Visits Supplemental Collections School Outreach

• Card Sign-Up • School Visits • Author/Artist Visits • SRC Promotion & Booktalks • Crafting @ Lunch • Book Discussions @ Lunch Teen Outreach

• Programs • Training Branches

• Fairs/Festivals • Mall/Parks • Movie Theater • Nature Center In The Community

• Traveling Storyteller Program • Childcare Facilities (including school-age) • Branch Libraries • Off-Site Programs: Parker Park & Mall • Significant Expansions Summer

• Special Programs • Field Trips/Tours • Workshops Invite Them


• Everything you do represents the library • Be proud of your product • Volunteers • Evaluation Quality Programming

• Volunteers or staff • Full 30 min storytime • Stories, songs, games, & movement • Leave crafts & fingerplay sheets Traveling Storytellers

• DHS for Child Care Facility Directory • Set parameters (#s, frequency of visits) • Contact Centers (availability & limitations) • Map out your centers • Assign day/time (capacity, ages served, contact info) *Excel Spreadsheet *Monthly Schedule (W1M, W1T, W1W…) *Calendars Starting the Program

Interest Postcards

• ECRR Information • Services for you, brochures • Books in a Bag list • My business card • Storyteller’s Background Check • Thank you letter and gift Welcome Kit & Gifts

• Daycare’s curriculum • Make your own themes • Monthly (weekly in summer) • Variety is YOUR friend  • Have back-up books, stories, songs, and games • Be sensitive about holidays Themes

• Introduction • Opening Song (consistent) • Books • Storytelling • Flannelboard Stories/Counting • Songs (traditional and new) • Movement (favorites and new) • Fingerplays • Counting, Colors, Letters, Sorting • Games (Books, flannelboard, etc.) • Leave craft and fingerplay sheet • Closing song (consistent) Storytime Components

Know your Audience

• Books, variety • Flannelboard • Puppets • Props • Classics • Have kids help Tell Stories

Fingerplay Sheets


• Matching Game • Guess Who- Books • Sorting • Rhyming • Colors, Numbers Games

• • • • • Logo goes on everything Leave instructions w/ a picture or a sample Provide everything but the basics Volunteers Age appropriate, avoid choking hazards Crafts/Experiments

Pinterest is your friend

• Introduce Yourself • Posters • Bookmarks, promotional material • Parent Nights • Put your logo on everything • Library Vehicle • Uniform Market the Library

• • • • • • • • • Staff burnout Cancellations and Rescheduling Someone Forgets Lack of Communication Holidays/Themes Variety of ages Illness Background Checks, fingerprints Know any rules or policies Potential Issues

Schedule Contact info Maps Notes Place to record stats and notes • Mileage Log • • • • • The Binder

• Storyteller Evaluation • Postage • Feedback from Storytellers • How are we doing? • Changes Evaluations & Review

The Reward

Morgan Sallee Contact

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