This report from the Harvard Family Research Project and the Public Library Association is a call-to-action about the importance of engaging families in libraries. Head to this page to download your free copy of the report: Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement Check out more resources here: Public Library Association – Family Engagement M. Elena […]
Featuring examples from the field, this report from the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is a great resource for libraries looking for inspiration for their child and family programs. Holmes, Paula. Curiosity Creates: Innovative Library Programming for Children. Association for Library Service to Children, 2016.
These reports from the Harvard Family Research Project focus on the importance of out-of-school learning that can take place at libraries and museums. The authors explore how families and community organizations can work together to support children. Read the reports here: Lopez, M. Elena, and Margaret Caspe. Family Engagement in Anywhere, Anytime Learning. Harvard Family Research […]
The Harvard Family Research Project, now the Global Family Research ProjectTM, provides important research and strategies for engaging families to promote success in education for children. The organization was founded in 1983 and focuses on community engagement policies and practices, and offers tools and frameworks for community members and institutions who aim to improve the quality, […]
The Newton Free Library in Newton, MA offers several programs for kids and families with a focus on books and literacy. The programs are free but adults do have to register ahead of time. Book Bunch is a book club for 1st and 2nd graders and their adults that takes place for about an hour, […]
The Attleboro Public Library in Attleboro, MA has been running a book club for kids in grades 2-4 and their adult since 2011. The goal of the program is to get a discussion started between kids and their peers, as well as with their adults. Group members read the same title (adults too) then meet […]
The Attleboro Public Library offers an hour-long science program for kids ages 3 through kindergarten one Saturday morning a month from October to June. The goal of the program is to encourage children and their caregivers to learn and discover together. Younger siblings under 3 are encouraged not to attend so that the adult can […]
A project of the BUILD Initiative and IMLS, this toolkit provides museum, library and early childhood specialists with strategies, tools and resources for collaborating to engage children and families. Learn more about the project here. Killins Stewart, Sherri, Deborah Stahl, and Judy Reidt-Parker. BUILDing Supportive Communities with Libraries, Museums, and Early Childhood Systems: A Toolkit for Collaborative […]
For the month of January, the Concord Free Public Library in Concord, MA transformed the Children’s Room into a pirate-themed Treasure Island for an extended program for children and their caregivers to take part in activities that engage the imagination and motor skills. Pirate PlayLand was part of a Mind in the Making grant, which […]
The Bellingham Public Library in Bellingham, MA offers a different take on the traditional scavenger hunt. The Digital Scavenger Hunt is a program that tests the creativity of families. For each Digital Scavenger Hunt, there are a selected number of items or themes for families to find or create and take photographs of. These challenges […]
This report by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) issues a call to action for everyone to utilize museums and libraries which provide quality and effective early learning opportunities for children. This publication focuses on the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading which promotes reading proficiency for low-income students. The report provides examples and success […]
Resources and activities for museum and library professionals to help promote literacy, brain-building, kindergarten readiness, and STEM at their sites.
This two-part report details the Denver Art Museum’s commitment to making the Museum a creative and fun destination for families. With a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Museum developed several programs geared toward families with children age six to twelve. The report explains the Museum’s perspective on a family-friendly art museum which emphasizes […]
NPR reporter Lynn Neary writes, “Literacy begins at home — there are a number of simple things parents can do with their young children to help them get ready to read. But parents can’t do it all alone, and that’s where community services, especially libraries, come in.”