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Friday, August 19, 2016

PLA and Harvard Family Research Center Team Up to Promote Family Engagement

The Public Library Association has teamed up with the Harvard Family Research Project to provide libraries with resources and tools to help improve family engagement in library programs.  The Harvard Family Research Project has a lot of terrific resources for people looking for information on brain and child development, and it is really great that they are working with libraries!

The report is available here.  It has lots of great information and ideas, including 5 succinct ways for libraries to improve the involvement of families in their children's learning, with examples from the field.  I have included the 5 Rs below, but look to the report for more information and inspiration!


  • Reach Out: Libraries reach out to families to promote the programs, collections, and services that are vital in a knowledge economy. 
  • Raise Up: Libraries elevate family views and voices in how library programs and services are developed and carried out. 
  • Reinforce: Libraries provide guidance on and modeling of the specific actions that family members can take to support learning, reaffirming families’ important roles and strengthening feelings of efficacy. 
  • Relate: Libraries offer opportunities for families to build peer-to-peer relationships, social networks, and parent-child relationships. 
  • Reimagine: Libraries are expanding their community partnerships; combining resources and extending their range; improving children and families’ well-being; and linking new learning opportunities.
I know many of you are doing a lot of great work in this area--send in your stories and we'll celebrate them on the blog!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

2016 Teens' Top Ten Voting Now Open

Every year, the Young Adult Library Services Association creates a list, with the help of teen readers across the country, of nominees for the Teens' Top Ten.  Then from August 15 through October 15, teens can vote for their top ten.  The winners are announced during Teen Read Week.

Voting is now open for teens!  What an easy program to promote!  Here are a few suggestions:


  • Take a look at and promote the Rate a Read site, a list of all the books with a forum for commenting and rating them created by IFLS and IFLS libraries.  Bonus:  this year, there is a prize for one lucky participant!
  • Make a book display of all the nominated books.
  • If you already have a book discussion group, include one or more of these books, or ask kids to read one of them and them come together to swap notes on their favorites.
  • Promote voting (and Rate a Read) on your website and social media!

These are books that were chosen by teen groups from around the United States.  They should have some great teen appeal!