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MILWAUKEE PUBLIC
LIBRARY

BEYOND THE LIBRARY
WALLS: LITERACY
LEADERS FOR SUMMER
READING
MARY MADIGAN & VICTORIA SANCHEZ
LIBRARY EDUCATION SPECIALISTS
AGENDA:
• Overview of Milwaukee Public Library Philosophy of Youth
Services
• Scope of Outreach Services

• Child care sum...
READ
LEARN
CONNECT
~MILWAUKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY
MISSION STATEMENT
CREATING A CITY OF READERS

LOOKING AT READING THROUGH THE LENS OF A CHILD

Goal:
Create a culture
of reading in the
life ...
Institute for Research on Poverty
www.irp.wisc.edu
LOOKING AT READING
THROUGH THE LENS OF A
CHILD
What does it look like:
• reading material
• adult models
• conversations a...
HOME:

Opportunities:
•
•
•
•
•
•

Classes – Lunch and Learn
Introducing performers
At sign-up
Booklists
Story Time/ Play ...
LOOKING AT READING
THROUGH THE LENS OF A
CHILD
What does it look like?
•
•
•
•

Regular user
Feeling of belonging
Know how...
COMMUNITY:
Opportunities:
Partners promote
library events
• Medical clinics
• Restaurants
• Church bulletins
Partners prov...
LOOKING AT READING
THROUGH THE LENS OF A
CHILD
What does it look like?
•

•
•
•

They have access
to books and
someone rea...
CHILD CARE, SCHOOL AND
SUMMER CARE:
Opportunities:
• Visits to child
cares and
schools

• Class visits to
the library—
inc...
READ  LEARN  CONNECT
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
SERVICES
BIRTH TO FIVE
OUTREACH SERVICES
Books2Go &
Ready to Read

Deposit
Collections

•

•

Monthly delivery and
pick up of books...
SCHOOL AGE
OUTREACH SERVICES
• Deposit collections to youth serving agencies
• Outreach events/family literacy events
• Af...
SERVICES FOR
SENIORS
• Van service/remote library
• Deposit collections to nursing homes
SUMMER READING….
READ  LEARN  CONNECT

SUMMER READING OUTREACH
SUMMER LEARNING LOSS
Which is especially devastating for children from low income households.
CHILD CARE SRP OUTREACH GOALS
Children:
• Love books, “reading,” and being read
to

• Seek out books as an enjoyable
activ...
CHILD CARE SRP OUTREACH GOALS
Child Care Providers:
• Read to class daily
• Reading with their class is a FUN
event
• Mode...
CHILD CARE SUMMER
READING OUTREACH
•

•
•
•

Story time outreach to 80
child care classrooms/
about 1000 children ages
2-5...
ACTIVITIES DURING VISIT
FOCUS:

PRINT
MOTIVATION
A GIFT FROM MPL
SURVEYS

ADMINISTERED AT
LAST STORY TIME
THE RESULTS:
Based on participant responses:
50% understand what Print Motivation is.
68% understand how to build Print Mo...
INTERPRETING RESULTS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS
We changed attitudes and behaviors!
~I will follow the steps that Ms. Anna took wh...
COMMITMENT TO
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
• Print Motivation still the key
• Child Care providers
appreciate the outside
connec...
SCHOOL AGE SRP OUTREACH
GOALS
Children will have:
• Time to read and highly motivating,
age-appropriate reading material.
...
SCHOOL AGE
SUMMER READING
OUTREACH
•

Children ages 6-12

•

Majority of cost to attend is
subsidized through W-2

•

Enro...
HISTORY OF SCHOOL
AGE SRP OUTREACH

• Started in 2002.
• Was a means to grow SRP
participation.
• Reach children who would...
MPL’S SCHOOL AGE SRP
OUTREACH MODEL
Visits:
•

Time with students

•

Build relationships with
sites

•

Model reading

•
...
ACTIVITIES DURING
VISITS
• Carry a message
about reading
• Read alouds
• Connect to library
• Book talks
• Reader’s Theate...
OTHER SRP
OUTREACH SERVICES
Deposit collections

Library card drives

MPL checks out and
delivers a collection of high
int...
SURVEYS/EVALUATION
2013 SCHOOL AGE SUMMER
READING OUTREACH
FAST FACTS:
•
•
•
•

81 sites joined the library for the SRP School Age Outreach
5...
INTERPRETING RESULTS
BEYOND THE NUMBERS
"The Super Reader program motivated students to
read every day.”
~staff member at ...
COMMITMENT TO
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
•

Weekly visits

•

• Smaller groups are more educationally sound
• Scheduling will ...
SUMMER READING
OUTREACH IS A
YEAR ROUND EFFORT
•

•
•
•

Work to maintain
year-round
contact with most
sites
Deposit
colle...
LESSONS WE’VE
LEARNED….
• Understand your community & build
relationships in the community.
• Share your message with your...
Annie E Casey Foundation- click on Kids Count Data Center

RESOURCES

•

http://www.aecf.org/

Ounce of Prevention:
•

htt...
QUESTIONS
CONTACT
INFORMATION
Mary Madigan
Early Literacy Education Specialist
mrmadig@milwaukee.gov
414.286.8420
Victoria Sanchez
S...
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Beyond the library walls webinar

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Victoria Sanchez and Mary Madigan share the story of how and why the Milwaukee Public Library have shifted the focus of their Summer Library Program to outside the library, positioning the library staff as literacy leaders in the community.

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Beyond the library walls webinar

  1. 1. MILWAUKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY BEYOND THE LIBRARY WALLS: LITERACY LEADERS FOR SUMMER READING
  2. 2. MARY MADIGAN & VICTORIA SANCHEZ LIBRARY EDUCATION SPECIALISTS
  3. 3. AGENDA: • Overview of Milwaukee Public Library Philosophy of Youth Services • Scope of Outreach Services • Child care summer outreach • School age summer outreach • Questions/answers
  4. 4. READ LEARN CONNECT ~MILWAUKEE PUBLIC LIBRARY MISSION STATEMENT
  5. 5. CREATING A CITY OF READERS LOOKING AT READING THROUGH THE LENS OF A CHILD Goal: Create a culture of reading in the life of a child.
  6. 6. Institute for Research on Poverty www.irp.wisc.edu
  7. 7. LOOKING AT READING THROUGH THE LENS OF A CHILD What does it look like: • reading material • adult models • conversations and reading out loud • library cards
  8. 8. HOME: Opportunities: • • • • • • Classes – Lunch and Learn Introducing performers At sign-up Booklists Story Time/ Play & Learn Adult education
  9. 9. LOOKING AT READING THROUGH THE LENS OF A CHILD What does it look like? • • • • Regular user Feeling of belonging Know how to navigate Support of reading and the library
  10. 10. COMMUNITY: Opportunities: Partners promote library events • Medical clinics • Restaurants • Church bulletins Partners provide programs at the library • Artists • Theater groups • Unique groups Library spaces have a “customer focus” • Inviting • Easy to navigate
  11. 11. LOOKING AT READING THROUGH THE LENS OF A CHILD What does it look like? • • • • They have access to books and someone reads to them daily They see library staff visit Library posters are displayed They participate in library card drives
  12. 12. CHILD CARE, SCHOOL AND SUMMER CARE: Opportunities: • Visits to child cares and schools • Class visits to the library— including story time • Library card campaigns • Booklists
  13. 13. READ  LEARN  CONNECT EDUCATION & OUTREACH SERVICES
  14. 14. BIRTH TO FIVE OUTREACH SERVICES Books2Go & Ready to Read Deposit Collections • • Monthly delivery and pick up of books • Ready to Read ‘graduates’. Special Books2Go library card for child care centers. • Continuing education workshops for providers. • Play and Learn for families. • Early literacy experts model outreach story times at child care centers.
  15. 15. SCHOOL AGE OUTREACH SERVICES • Deposit collections to youth serving agencies • Outreach events/family literacy events • After school reading clubs (new in 2012-2013) • Library card drives
  16. 16. SERVICES FOR SENIORS • Van service/remote library • Deposit collections to nursing homes
  17. 17. SUMMER READING….
  18. 18. READ  LEARN  CONNECT SUMMER READING OUTREACH
  19. 19. SUMMER LEARNING LOSS Which is especially devastating for children from low income households.
  20. 20. CHILD CARE SRP OUTREACH GOALS Children: • Love books, “reading,” and being read to • Seek out books as an enjoyable activity. • Excited about Library story times at their centers.
  21. 21. CHILD CARE SRP OUTREACH GOALS Child Care Providers: • Read to class daily • Reading with their class is a FUN event • Model for providers how to conduct an enriching story time
  22. 22. CHILD CARE SUMMER READING OUTREACH • • • • Story time outreach to 80 child care classrooms/ about 1000 children ages 2-5 years. Enroll the other infant and toddler classrooms while we are there. Track time spent reading aloud and/or singing to children 0-5. Teachers earn books for their classroom libraries.
  23. 23. ACTIVITIES DURING VISIT
  24. 24. FOCUS: PRINT MOTIVATION
  25. 25. A GIFT FROM MPL
  26. 26. SURVEYS ADMINISTERED AT LAST STORY TIME
  27. 27. THE RESULTS: Based on participant responses: 50% understand what Print Motivation is. 68% understand how to build Print Motivation in their students.
  28. 28. INTERPRETING RESULTS BEYOND THE NUMBERS We changed attitudes and behaviors! ~I will follow the steps that Ms. Anna took when she was getting ready to read to the children and while she was reading. The children were so happy to see her and from all of us at (child care name), we would like to say Thank you Ms. Anna. ~The first thing I’m going to do is make a reading area in my class. It’s going to have chairs, a book shelf and puppets to go along with the books. Also I’m going to make sure they’re kid friendly. When asked to list ways to develop Print Motivation, one provider wrote: • • • • Involve the children during story time Encourage the older children to read to this group Ask the children to tell me what they learned from the story Ask the children to tell me what the story was about
  29. 29. COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT • Print Motivation still the key • Child Care providers appreciate the outside connection! • Story Time props and extension ideas-VERY useful to the providers • Staff saw need to go WEEKLY
  30. 30. SCHOOL AGE SRP OUTREACH GOALS Children will have: • Time to read and highly motivating, age-appropriate reading material. • A desire to read. • Knowledge about the library and SRP. • Understanding of the importance of summer reading .
  31. 31. SCHOOL AGE SUMMER READING OUTREACH • Children ages 6-12 • Majority of cost to attend is subsidized through W-2 • Enrolled in 4-8 week summer enrichment programs run by: • Community Learning Centers (CLC) in collaboration with Milwaukee Public Schools • MPS Recreation camps • Community-based programs such as Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCA • Milwaukee Choice and/or private schools
  32. 32. HISTORY OF SCHOOL AGE SRP OUTREACH • Started in 2002. • Was a means to grow SRP participation. • Reach children who would not otherwise have access to the library and/or reading material during the summer.
  33. 33. MPL’S SCHOOL AGE SRP OUTREACH MODEL Visits: • Time with students • Build relationships with sites • Model reading • Accountability Incentives: • Reflect the goal of supporting reading • Help students build background needed for future learning
  34. 34. ACTIVITIES DURING VISITS • Carry a message about reading • Read alouds • Connect to library • Book talks • Reader’s Theater • Games with a book focus—Speed Book Dating
  35. 35. OTHER SRP OUTREACH SERVICES Deposit collections Library card drives MPL checks out and delivers a collection of high interest paperback books based on a profile completed by the sites. MPL works with select sites to get library cards for the students. Applications are distributed by the sites and cards are presented at the site during the final visit.
  36. 36. SURVEYS/EVALUATION
  37. 37. 2013 SCHOOL AGE SUMMER READING OUTREACH FAST FACTS: • • • • 81 sites joined the library for the SRP School Age Outreach 5,708 school age children participated 83.3% of children read 4 or more books 44,937 books were ready by children at the outreach sites RESOURCES FOR SITES: Books! • 36 sites received a deposit collection (Tub of Books) • 4,318 library books were delivered throughout the course of the summer • 34 of 36 sites with deposit collections had completion rates of 80% or higher Professional assistance! • All sites received a resource binder with in-depth descriptions of an ideal reading climate, useful literacy practices, graded booklists, and a quick-reference guide with tips to incorporate reading throughout the day. • All sites received a Book Bundle—a collection of 10 age-appropriate, high interest books including ‘guides’ to encourage staff to read aloud to children. • MPL trained 160 staff members from various sites in how to use the Book Bundles and shared strategies for reading aloud with children. NEW in 2012—continued in 2013: • All children received a free book at the end of the summer. • 4,352 books were given to children to help them build their home library.
  38. 38. INTERPRETING RESULTS BEYOND THE NUMBERS "The Super Reader program motivated students to read every day.” ~staff member at Camp Fernwood “How thrilled they were to get their books and popcorn. As soon as they selected their books, they automatically sat back down at the tables, munched popcorn and read! After 15 minutes, the teachers said it was time to stop and the kids moaned.” ~2013 School Age SRP Outreach consultant What did you like most about being a Super Reader? “The Library people.” ~response to question on student survey
  39. 39. COMMITMENT TO CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT • Weekly visits • • Smaller groups are more educationally sound • Scheduling will be easier Book bundles • • Make sure site staff has high quality read alouds to share with children Staff training • • MPL will continue to train the staff at the summer sites so that they: • Understand why summer reading is so important • Gain confidence in reading aloud to children • Teach how to use Book Bundle books • Know how match to books to children’s interests 2012 Reading Lounge Project • • • • Intensive outreach model piloted through LSTA Grant MPL staff at summer sites 4 days a week Created reading areas at sites Facilitated how to read to children and match books to children’s interests
  40. 40. SUMMER READING OUTREACH IS A YEAR ROUND EFFORT • • • • Work to maintain year-round contact with most sites Deposit collections Library card drives After School Reading Clubs • Using the concept of the Reading Lounges
  41. 41. LESSONS WE’VE LEARNED…. • Understand your community & build relationships in the community. • Share your message with your stakeholders. • Have a presence year after year—it makes a difference. • Public libraries ARE literacy leaders in the community.
  42. 42. Annie E Casey Foundation- click on Kids Count Data Center RESOURCES • http://www.aecf.org/ Ounce of Prevention: • http://www.ounceofprevention.org/home/index.php • Change the First Five Years and You Change Everything video Six Skills for Early Literacy video: • http://www.mpl.org/file/kids_b2g_sixskills.htm National Summer Learning Association: • http://www.summerlearning.org/ Summer Learning Loss Video: • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahhj3wxxkdM Inspirational Book: • Igniting a Passion for Reading by Steven Layne MPL 2013 School Age SRP Outreach: • animoto video
  43. 43. QUESTIONS
  44. 44. CONTACT INFORMATION Mary Madigan Early Literacy Education Specialist mrmadig@milwaukee.gov 414.286.8420 Victoria Sanchez School Age Education Specialist vlsanc@milwaukee.gov 414.286.3904

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