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    • How the Library Meets the Needs of Parents with Young Children Elise Blas Andrea Gubser Becky Corning Juliann Brant
    • Tools
      • Data Gathering
      • Observations
      • Survey
      • Focus Group
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
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    • Lap Sit Observation
      • Intimate Atmosphere
      • Short Stories and Fun Songs
      • Developmental Toys
    • Parents’ Thoughts
      • Appropriate for Attention Span
      • Good Balance of Stories and Songs
      • Free
    • 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
    • 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:
    • Survey
      • Given in person
      • 4 times on 4 days
      • 21 completed
      • Candy incentive
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    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.