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

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