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How The Library Meets The Needs Of Parents

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  • 1. How the Library Meets the Needs of Parents with Young Children Elise Blas Andrea Gubser Becky Corning Juliann Brant
  • 2. Tools
    • Data Gathering
    • Observations
    • Survey
    • Focus Group
  • 3. Pikes Peak Library District Cheyenne Mountain branch
    • Colorado Springs suburb
    • Population: 49,056
    • 6.9% age 5 or under
    • 30% circulation children’s media
    • Storytime, toddler time, Paws to Read, Reading Buddies, SRP
  • 4. Jefferson County Public Library Arvada Branch
    • Population: 104, 766
    • 5.8% is 5 yrs or less
    • New library 2006 – extensive comm. analysis done
    • Mother Goose, Age based storytimes, SRP
  • 5. Douglas County Library System Neighborhood Library at Roxborough
    • 80125 zip code, rural Denver sleeper “town”
    • Population: 5,500 - 9.2% is 5 yrs. or under
    • 15% circulation = Children’s E and Board Books
    • Storytime, evening programs, SRP, Bark for Books
  • 6. Laramie County Library System Cheyenne (WY)
    • Population: 53,011
    • 6.5 % >= 5 yrs.
    • 43% circulation is E, ER, J books & media
    • Offer lapsit storytime & preschool storytime
    • New location 2007
    • Kinship Project
  • 7.  
  • 8. Lap Sit Observation
    • Intimate Atmosphere
    • Short Stories and Fun Songs
    • Developmental Toys
  • 9. Parents’ Thoughts
    • Appropriate for Attention Span
    • Good Balance of Stories and Songs
    • Free
  • 10. Survey – How does the library meet the needs of parents with young children?
    • How many children under 10 do you have?
    • What are their ages?
    • What children’s programs do you participate in at the library?
      • Storytime
      • Evening programming
      • Summer Reading Program
      • Fall Reading Program
      • Spring Reading Program
      • Bark for Books
    • How often do you check out material from the library?
      • Daily
      • Weekly
      • Monthly
      • Hardly ever
    • What material do you generally borrow?
      • Children’s books
      • Adult books
      • Help In Parenting books
      • Children’s dvd’s
      • Adult dvd’s
      • Children’s cd’s
      • Adult cd’s
      • Books on tape
      • Children’s magazines
      • Adult magazines
      • LeapPads
  • 11. Survey – How does the library meet the needs of parents with young children?
    • Rank the libraries importance in the following areas
      • Developing literacy skills
      • Developing a life long love of reading
      • A fun, safe place to meet other families
      • Computer use
      • Help in Parenting
      • Reference
    • Do you know the children’s librarian?
    • The children’s librarian has helped me choose age appropriate titles for my children. T/F
    • Would you attend age appropriate storytime?
    • Additional comments:
  • 12. Survey
    • Given in person
    • 4 times on 4 days
    • 21 completed
    • Candy incentive
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  • 17. Focus Group 3 participants with 6 children Dinner, drinks, free play
    • Storytime attendance
    • Program times
    • Likes vs. dislikes
    • Age specific storytime
    • Librarian interaction
    • Reference use
    • HIP use
    • Media use
    • Computer usage at the library
  • 18. Summary
    • All branches have great circulation numbers for Children’s books, movies, music, etc.
    • Storytime is well used and enjoyed by everyone in attendance.
    • Parents show their enjoyment of the library by sharing it with their children.
  • 19. Suggestions
    • More PR outside the branch.
    • Alternate contact info: email, FaceBook, MySpace, etc.
    • Continue family storytime and add age specific class for those wanting it.
    • Offer an early literacy class for parents.
    • Provide a flyer at the checkout area with early literacy tips.
    • Have storyteller give a “tip of the week” literacy/parenting skill before starting storytime with kids.
    • Compile and provide a list of useful pod casts for parents.
    • Stay up to date with needs of community. Regularly solicit feedback.
    • Create a parents blog for book reviews, title suggestions, parenting advice etc.
    • Promote the role of the librarian.
    • Provide coffee at the library for parents.
    • Have enough staff trained to work with children and their parents.

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