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Author Steele, Anitra T.
Title Bare bones children's services : tips for public library generalists / Anitra T. Steele [and] Association for Library Service to Children.
Pub Info Chicago : American Library Association, 2001.
book jacket
 Oak Bluffs-Children's  J OFFICE 027.62 STE     AVAILABLE
Descript viii, 123 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface -- Introduction -- 1. Know your clientele -- 2. Services -- 3. Storytime and storytelling -- 4. Variety programming for children -- 5. Summer reading programs -- 6. Collection development -- 7. Displays -- 8. Bibliographies and booktalks -- 9. Library instruction, tours, and outreach -- 10. Issues and challenges -- 11. Recordkeeping and professional development -- 12. Conclusion -- Appendixes -- A. Competencies for librarians serving children in public libraries -- B. Statement of commitment to excellence in library service to children in a technological age -- C. Bibliographies of children's books -- D. Professional publications -- Index.
Summary A companion to the popular Bare Bones Young Adult Services, this handy new reference offers practical insights on the basics of library services for children. The "bare bones" approach recognizes the reality that there are libraries either without or low on children's specialists, due to budget or size constraints or to staff turnover. As children and families continue to be key constituents of the library, it is vital that the staff serving this powerful group knows what works and what doesn't. Quick primer for generalists, this installment in the Bare Bones series covers children's services, programming, and promotion of books and the library, along the way pointing out practical differences between children and adult library users. Written in easy-to-digest modules and packed with helpful tips, this customer-focused book will help you to: Adapt adult reference and readers' advisory skills to your work with children. Offer age-appropriate materials for all levels. Provide homework help. Tell a good story to a captive audience. Set up and publicize programs that build alliances between parents, caretakers, teachers, and librarians. This hands-on summary, full of specific and easy-to-implement ideas, will help you to serve children in the best.
Subject Children's libraries -- United States.
Public libraries -- United States.
Children's librarians -- United States.
Add Author Association for Library Service to Children.
ISBN 0838907911 (alk. paper)
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