Children & Libraries: Getting It Right

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This visionary book by respected children's library specialist and recipient of the inaugural ALA Research Grant, Virginia Walter, is a call to action for libraries serving children. Walter helps you to: -- Write a mission statement-- Create glorious kid spaces in the library-- Capitalize on emerging trends such as Internet service and homework assistance-- Adapt strategies from top children's library programs around the country-- Create tangible outcomes to secure appropriate budgets

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A pivotal book for people who work with/for children in public libraries. Walter states in her introduction that this is not "a how-to-do-it" title, but rather a "how-to-think-about-it" guide. She begins with a comprehensive overview of the history of library services to children, assesses the current state of the profession, and proceeds to lay out a far-reaching vision for the future. She examines changing routines, educational practices, and social patterns that have had a profound effect on our communities and from these trends drafts a slate of suggested goals for those of us who strive to serve children. She also examines the impact of digital technology and looks at the future of the book. This volume doesn't have any answers for how to change the library to meet changing needs, but it does provide a platform of ideas from which we can draw as we consider where we must go. Competencies for librarians serving children in public libraries and a lengthy list of references are appended. This is an excellent resource to inspire the minds of everyone interested in library services to young people in the 21st century.-Cathy Fithian Williams, Columbus Metropolitan Library, OH

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"This is a book for all those who work with children, who need to understand better the stakes involved: the pressures on children and on libraries in a changing world. Library directors would benefit from Walter's conceptualization of the child of the future as well as current best practice... [A] radical text, one that we need as we ponder the great divide between the lives of children and libraries. It is also a clear, cogent text, one that stirs thinking (the author's intention). Finally this book is a reflective text that reminds us of why we drop pebbles in the deep woods."

"A pivotal book for people who work with/for children in public libraries... This is an excellent resource to inspire the minds of everyone interested in library services to young people in the 21st century."

..".a well-researched, carefully cited book illustrating the past, the present and the possible future of libraries and children."

..".a good overview of the essence of children's librarianship and could provide a starting point for conference workshops and discussion about the role of children's librarians."

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