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Crash Course in Children's Services

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ISBN-10: 1591583527

ISBN-13: 9781591583523

Edition: 2006

Authors: Penny Peck

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Children need public library services. Even in small rural libraries managed by small staffs, children's services are critical. This handbook gives practical advice on performing essential duties in the Children's Room of the public library. The tone is "how to" with little theory, but providing the fundamentals of day-to-day services. Tips are given on reference service including the reference interview, a simple overview of child development, and tips for assisting parents and teachers. Hints are given for managing children who are in the library to do homework or to wait until they are collected by a parent or caregiver. A chapter is given on how to help children find recreational reading, how to market the library, and useful Web sites. Collection development is covered with practical advice on using book reviewing journals to aid in selection. Storytimes have been in libraries more than 100 years, and instructions in how to provide this vital and essential service is covered in a "how to" of doing storytimes for babies. toddlers, preschoolers, and families to make them fun and exciting. Programming includes library tours by school groups, author visits, and entertainment programs with emphasis on summer reading programs. Tips are given for ensuring that children with physical disabilities as well as developmental or learning disabilities are included in services offered. Finally, suggestions cover how to meet the challenges in services to children based on the changing dynamic of families and communities. This experienced children's librarian shares her ideas, experiences, and Web sites, information useful to build a children's program for the smallest public library. The practical advice will be very useful to help the novice or volunteer learn how to answer reference questions, provide homework help for students who come after school, select age appropriate materials, and prepare book sharing sessions with children from birth to age 12. Readers Advisory services described here may be as important for parents as for the children. Understanding the issues and challenges to children's services discussed here will be useful to help librarians counter them.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, LLC
Publication date: 9/30/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 136
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836

Reference: The First Step
Children as Reference Customers
Child Development
Brain Development
Children and Their Needs
Children and Choices
Reference Interview with Children
Commonly Asked Questions
Library Use Introduction
Library Tours and Other Times for Giving Instruction
Breakdown by Age
Teachers and Parents as Customers
Reference: The First Impression
Homework Help
Homework and Reference
Getting What They Need, Not What They Want
Finding Resources
Tutoring and Homework Centers
Homework Centers Fill a Need
Information versus Instruction
Communicating with Schools
Use of the Web
Use of Computers
Homework on the Increase
Readers' Advisory
Offering Reading Suggestions
Readers' Advisory Interview
Types of Books
Picture Books
Board Books
Picture Books for Older Readers
Easy Readers
Transitional Fiction
Graphic Novels
Grade/Reading Levels
Paperback Books
The Five-Finger Rule
One Size Does Not Fit All
Nonfiction Levels May Be Higher
Genres of Fiction
Science Fiction
Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Historical Fiction
Fiction Series
Multicultural Fiction
Gender Issues
Reluctant Readers
Helpful Tools for Readers' Advisory
Readers' Advisory Equals Job Satisfaction
Book Selection
A Library's Collection
Collection Policy
Evaluate the Collection
Collection Development
Homework-Related Material
Popularity Versus Quality?
Types of Materials
Reference Books
Parent and Teacher Resources
Music CDs
Recorded Books
Purchasing Recommendations
Review Journals
Awards/Bests Lists
Media Recommendations
Vendors' Web Sites
Non-English Materials
Book Selection: More Than Shopping
What Is Storytime?
Why We Do Storytime
Registration or Not?
Formats by Age: Lapsit, Toddler, Preschool
Storytime Format
Physical Environment
Toddler Time
Preschool Storytime
Getting Started
Storytelling or Storytime?
Songs: An Essential Part
Choosing Picture Books
Different Types of Stories
Circular Stories
Participation Stories
Concept Books
Creative Dramatics
Songs and Fingerplays
Books for Very Young Children
Short Picture Books
Big Books
Kindergarten Readiness
Arts and Crafts
Bilingual Storytimes
Prep Involved in Your Storytime
Assisting Parents
Preschools and Daycares
Resources for Storytime
Web Sites
Storytimes at Any Library
What Is Library Programming?
Why Do Programming? The Library as Place
Library Tours
Expectations for School Visits
Scheduling Tours
Special Topics for Upcoming Assignments
Your Agenda versus the Teacher's
Making Tours Fun
Family Feud
Trivia Game
Scavenger Hunt
What to Cover
Book Discussion Groups
Activities Make It Fun
Format of Book Discussion Club
Resources for Book Discussion Group Ideas
Entertainment/Multicultural Programming
Entertainment Programs
Working with Professional Performers
Sales of CDs, Books, or Other Items
Facility Constraints
Hosting the Show
Multicultural Programs
Do It Yourself Programs
History and Science
Storytelling Programs
Puppet Shows
Book-Themed Parties
Author/Illustrator Visits
Movie Programs
Summer Reading Programs
How Summer Reading Programs Work
Rewards and Incentives
Program Evaluation
Publicizing Your Successes
Programs: Books Are the Basis
Issues in Children's Library Service
Challenges in Serving Children in Libraries
What Is Access?
Latchkey Children
At What Age Can a Child Be Left Alone?
Homework Centers as a Solution
Behavior Problems
Access to Computers and the Internet
Providing Outreach
Non-English Speakers
Literacy Programs
Inclusion of Children with Disabilities and Non-English Speakers
Web Sites
Inclusion Is Key
Assisting Teachers
Resources on Censorship
Increasing Service Through the Use of Volunteers
Recruiting Volunteers
Activities to Assign to Volunteers
Training Volunteers
Bibliography: Suggested Readings