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Children’s Services Fundamentals

Tuesday, September 13

Register for this four-week online course.

Tuesday, September 13 – Monday, October 10, 2022

Does your work in the library include service to children and their families? Do you want to do a better job in providing homework assistance, readers’ advisory, tours of your library, or family programs?

Expert children’s librarian and author Penny Peck will help you to acquire the knowledge and skills to be more comfortable and confident about providing fundamental children’s services. As a result of the course you will be able to:

  • Conduct a reference interview to match grade-appropriate resources with a child’s information need
  • Determine children’s reading interests, including those of reluctant readers, and find books to meet those interests
  • Plan entertaining programs that attract families to the library
  • Promote books and reading through programs and library tours

Whether you are new or not-so-new to children’s services, you’ll come away with resources, best practices, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied immediately in your library.

Course Description: During the course, you will have weekly readings, do practical assignments, and participate in discussions to share ideas and experiences. In Weeks 3 and 4, we will schedule two optional online meetings. These meetings are a great way to connect, ask questions, and explore the course material in a friendly, informal environment. Those who cannot participate in person will be able to listen to the archived recording of the meetings.

Course Outline: When you log in to the Infopeople online learning site, you will see weekly modules with these topics:

  • Week 1: The Philosophy and Values of Library Service to Children
    • The philosophy and values of library service to children
    • Overview of child development by age group
    • Latchkey and unattended children
    • Legal issues affecting children in the library
    • Internet safety for children
    • Media mentorship as a role for the library
    • Partnerships with community groups and schools
  • Week 2: Reference and Homework Help for School-age Children
    • Reference service to school-age children
    • Reference interview questions and techniques
    • Parents and teachers as customers
    • Library instruction
    • Homework help
    • Online resources for reference and homework help
  • Week 3: Readers Advisory for Children
    • Readers’ advisory interview questions and techniques
    • Books for young children and beginning readers
    • Recreational reading by grade level, and by genre
    • Racial/ethnic diversity in children’s books
    • Finding read-alikes and books for reluctant readers
    • Dealing with censorship and challenges to materials
    • Online resources to assist with readers’ advisory
  • Week 4 : Children’s Programming, Class Visits, and Library Tours
    • Overview of children’s programming
    • Entertainment, gaming, do-it-yourself, Makerspace, and multicultural programs
    • Passive programming, therapy dog reading programs
    • Conducting tours of the library
    • Online resources for programs and tours

Presented by :: Penny Peck

See full course information here. 

CALL SPONSORED: CALL is offering a limited number of free seats to California library staff in this Infopeople course. Please use the link above to register for one of these no-cost seats. In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.


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Children's Services Fundamentals