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Running a Parent/Child Workshop: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians
Sandra Feinberg and Kathleen Deerr
Item Number: 978-1-55570-189-5
Publisher: ALA Neal-Schuman
Price: $57.00
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145 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-1-55570-189-5
Year Published: 1995

This helpful how-to manual provides you with all the know-how you need to plan and conduct a parent/child workshop in your library--and develop a useful parenting collection that child and family-related agencies will take advantage of. You'll learn all the basics for designing a program that will meet your library's particular needs, from creating the right setting to a list of recommended materials, examples of forms, figuring out staffing needs and roles, program structure, and an overview of costs. As an added bonus, appendixes describing support collections, a distributors' directory, and a bibliography of professional literature are included.
About the Authors

Sandra Feinberg
has devoted the past 40 years to public library service and, since 1991, has served as the director of the Middle Country Public Library, the largest and busiest public library on Long Island (NY). In 1979, she created the Parent/Child Workshop, a unique program that welcomes parents and children as young as one year into the library and integrates community resource professionals within the delivery of library services. This program has gone on to be replicated nationally as part of Family Place Libraries™. In addition to Family Place, she spearheaded the development of the Community Resource Database (CRD) of Long Island (now 2-1-1-Long Island), which includes over 10,000 health and human services on Long Island; the Suffolk Coalition for Parents and Children, a network of more than 17,000 family service professionals, and the Children’s Librarians Association of Suffolk County. She has received numerous awards, including the 2007 Public Library Association Charlie Robinson Award. She is the author of numerous articles and six books, is an adjunct professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University, and currently serves as chair of the Early Years Institute.

Kathleen Deerr has been working with children and families in public libraries for the past three decades. For the past 10 years she has served as the national Family Place Libraries™ coordinator. During that time, the number of libraries in the Family Places network has tripled. She has developed many innovative, interdisciplinary programs that focus on parent-child interactions and has administered programs such as the Partners for Inclusion Project, Reach Out and Read, and the Parent Child Home Program. She has presented workshops and lectures at the state and national levels on the role of the public library in serving, supporting, and designing welcoming, early-learning spaces for young children and families, as well as lectures on the administration and management of Children’s and Parents’ Services in public libraries. She has served as guest lecturer at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science and is also co-author of the books Including Families of Children with Special Needs: A How-To-Do-It Manual for Librarians and The Family-Centered Library Handbook.

"An excellent single source for librarians who are developing a parent/child workshop."
--Library Journal

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