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Caroline parr


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Caroline parr

  1. 1. Caroline Parr <ul><li>Coordinator of Youth Services, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 2001-present </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinator of Children’s Services, Central Rappahannock Regional Library, 1988-2001 </li></ul><ul><li>Head, Central Children’s Room, Arlington County Department of Libraries, 1981-1988 </li></ul><ul><li>Chair, Newbery Award Committee (2001) and Sibert Award Committee (2008) </li></ul><ul><li>Member, Caldecott Committee (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>President, Virginia Library Association, 1996 </li></ul><ul><li>M.L.S, Simmons College </li></ul><ul><li>B.A, Tufts University </li></ul>
  2. 2. Coordinator of Youth Services <ul><li>Provides leadership for youth services (for children and teens) throughout the library system </li></ul><ul><li>Provides youth services training for staff </li></ul><ul><li>Oversees planning and development of programming for youth </li></ul><ul><li>Maintains partnerships with local agencies serving youth </li></ul>
  3. 3. Coordinator of Children’s Services <ul><li>From 1988 to 2001, our library had separate coordinators in charge of service to children and to teens. </li></ul><ul><li>Consolidating these positions into one ensures that one person is overseeing services to the entire range of young people. It’s been a good move for us and is quite common now in many libraries. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Head, Central Children’s Room <ul><li>This library in Arlington, Virginia, is located just outside Washington, DC. </li></ul><ul><li>In this position I worked with the branch manager of our largest library and with the Coordinator of Children’s Services for the library system. </li></ul><ul><li>I supervised other librarians and delivered programs and services to children. </li></ul><ul><li>This job was excellent preparation for my position as Coordinator at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Award committee work <ul><li>The American Library Association sponsors the oldest children’s book award in the world, the Newbery Award for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. </li></ul><ul><li>Serving on one of these committees is an honor, and I was thrilled to be chosen. </li></ul><ul><li>As chair of the 2001 committee, I worked with 14 other librarians around the country. </li></ul><ul><li>We read hundreds of books and discussed them before choosing our winner. </li></ul>
  6. 6. A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, the story of a girl and her grandmother during the Depression of the 1930s.
  7. 7. The Sibert Award <ul><li>This is another American Library Association Award, this one for the most distinguished nonfiction book for young people. </li></ul><ul><li>Our committee chose an autobiographical picture book about an artist growing up behind the Iron Curtain in the 1960s. </li></ul><ul><li>Peter S ís now lives in New York City and has written many other award-winning picture books for children. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Wall by Peter S ís
  9. 9. The Caldecott Award <ul><li>This is an award given since 1938 to the most distinguished American picture book for children. </li></ul><ul><li>Our winner, chosen by our committee of 15 librarians from more than 600 eligible books, was a wordless story about a boy who finds a magical camera washed up on the beach. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Flotsam by David Wiesner
  11. 11. President, Virginia Library Association <ul><li>This is the state-wide organization that supports librarians of all types. </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 1200 librarians are members, from public, academic and special libraries around Virginia. </li></ul><ul><li>In 1996 I was elected president and was honored that I as a children’s librarian was representing the association. </li></ul><ul><li>We had a few book challenges that year and I was able to speak in support of intellectual freedom and free access to materials. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Education <ul><li>I received my undergraduate degree in English, then received my graduate degree in Library Science. </li></ul><ul><li>Like all of us, I continue to attend workshops, webinars and conferences to keep up with new technologies and services to youth in libraries. </li></ul>