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The Family-Centered Library Handbook
Sandra Feinberg, Kathleen Deerr, Barbara A. Jordan, Marcellina Byrne, and Lisa G. Kropp
Item Number: 978-1-55570-541-1
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $72.00
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324 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-541-1
Year Published: 2007

Literacy, the foundation for every child’s school success, begins at home. This new book will give your children’s services staff and everyone involved in community outreach terrific tips and techniques for engaging and involving parents and caregivers in the key work of helping children on the path to literacy. Topics include:

• Using library resources to support the role of parents and caregivers in children’s growth and development
• Helping children’s librarians interact successfully with families
• Implementing effective communication strategies, appropriate services and useful spaces for adult/child participation
• How to attract and engage new and diverse families
• How to leverage your family-centered approach to build community visibility

This book serves as the primary text for Middle Country Public Library’s popular Family Place Training Institute and is written by a team of librarians who have achieved remarkable success with their community’s families.


"With outreach and community partnerships so important to the future of public libraries, most children's librarians and library directors will find this volume to be a particularly useful planning and programming instrument."
--Library Journal

"All together, this is a well-organized and in-depth approach to library services in a changing climate. It thoughtfully combines the theoretical with the practical, making it possible to embrace what is most relevant to a specific locale."
--School Library Journal

"A detailed resource, all aspects of family programming are addressed, with specific, practical tools and ideas that can immediately be customized to meet the needs of a public library's community ... The book does an excellent job of helping librarians to understand and work with families with special needs."
--Catholic Library World

"The book is recommended for librarians undertaking or extending their work with families in the local community for its sound procedures, its state-of-the-art theoretical basis and the range of effective programs and strategies it offers."
--Australian Library Journal

"A valuable guide for those serving the under-six age group."

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