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!!