Public librarians. School librarians. We go through Simmons together. We sit in a lot of the same classes. We hear each others podcasts. We are all over the YA literature.. We see each other screencasts and webquests. We have common interests: Kids and reading. Kids and libraries. Kids and homework. Kids and information. Kids and technology. But Then we graduate, go get jobs, and when we go to workshops we hear about the great and perplexing divide between school libraries and public libraries. Why is that? And how can we change it?
Public Libraries and School Libraries: How the twain might meet
By the 70s, public libraries began to move more aggressively into youth services. Story hours, reading programs.
In the late 1960’s the question of responsibility for library services to children gained national attention when New York’s commissioner of Education called for all students to be served solely by in-school libraries.
Sample "materials request" list for classroom teachers
"Homework alert" ideas for students, teachers, and librarians
14 real-life examples of winning school-library partnerships
Inspiring historical tales such as:
The old fiddler in a 1902 Brooklyn school who changed the course of public library service to schoolchildren.
The self-proclaimed radical schoolteacher of 1880s Milwaukee who took three boys and six market baskets by horsecar to the public library to select two books for each of her 72 students.
The contentious debate between Anne Carroll Moore of the New York Public Library and Lucy Sprague Mitchell, founder of the Bank Street School, that came to be known as the "Fairy Tale War" of the 1920s and 1930s.