Children & Libraries: Getting It Right by Virginia A. Walter

By Virginia A. Walter

This visionary booklet by means of revered kid's library expert and recipient of the inaugural ALA learn furnish, Virginia Walter, is a decision to motion for libraries serving young ones. Walter allows you to: -- Write a challenge statement-- Create wonderful child areas within the library-- Capitalize on rising tendencies equivalent to net provider and homework assistance-- Adapt thoughts from best kid's library courses round the country-- Create tangible results to safe applicable budgets

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They could also participate in an Internet Quest by exploring the Web sites listed at the library’s Homework Center site and then answering “quest”ions on-line. The Pasadena Public Library has posted children’s book reports on its 1999 Summer Reading Club Web site. Storytelling Anne Carroll Moore credits Mary Wright Plummer as the inspiration for the library story hour. After hearing Marie Shedlock tell stories at an afternoon event at Sherry’s ballroom in 1902, Plummer invited her to share her art first with the trustees, directors, and teachers at the Pratt Institute and then with the children at a Saturday morning story hour.

In other words, a belief in the importance of public libraries has not necessarily been translated into budgetary support. He writes, “Because of limited funding and a lower priority when compared to other municipal services, library directors have had to seek community support, private cosponsorship of their programs, and outside funding sources for many services” (1999, 116). Although libraries have been good at finding alternative funding sources for special programs, Kemp says there is still a shortfall in funds for basic services.

It has been my experience, however, that when exposed to traditional oral storytelling, even the most media-blitzed ten-year-old responds enthusiastically. There is still magic in the connection between the story, the teller, and the tale; and children whose experiences are overwhelmingly mediated by a computer or television screen seem to thrive on the intimacy of this person-to-person communication. Students who take my storytelling classes and go on to work in libraries find that they can work traditional storytelling into their services in a variety of ways.

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