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Co-author of the popular titles Booktalking Bonanza and The Early Literacy Kit, Betsy Diamant-Cohen brings together 18 examples of successful outreach partnerships that children's librarians and administrators can adapt to their own situations. Contributors from the U.S and Canada explain how they partnered with schools, community organizations, museums, businesses and other agencies to create novel experiences for children across the children's services spectrum (preschool through middle-school). Inside this volume readers will find

  • Descriptions of innovative award-winning collaborations, such as The Read to Me Program (a family literacy project that evolved from a collaboration between an adult corrections facility and a public library)
  • Programming ideas perfect for enhancing community outreach
  • Inspiration to create and kick-start new initiatives

Filled with lively collaborative programming ideas, Children's Services will help you reach out to your communities and to your constituents in new and exciting ways.



Part I Community Organizations and Public Libraries

1 The Big Tree Library—Jan Johnson
2 Crossing Cultural Borders: Serving Immigrant Families—Dorothy Stoltz, Susan Mitchell, Elena Hartley, and Jillian Dittrich
3 Language Fun Storytime: Serving Children with Speech and Language—Tess Prendergast and Rhea Lazar
4 Reaching Little Heights—Catherine Hakala-Ausperk
5 Thrive by Five Reading Readiness Initiative—Elizabeth M. Gray and Candelaria Mendoza

Part II Law Enforcement and Public Libraries

6 Inviting Police to Read at Your Library—Linda Schwartz
7 Children of Incarcerated Parents: Public Libraries Reaching Out—Shelley Quezada

Part III Academic Institutions and Public Libraries

8 Statewide Summer Reading Program Goes Online—Maureen Ambrosino
9 BLAST School Outreach Program—Georgene DeFilippo
10 Braille That Stands Out in More Ways Than One—Deborah J. Margolis

Part IV Children's and Play Museums and Public Libraries

11 Party with Your Partners: Plan a Kids' Book Fest!—Starr LaTronica
12 Borrow a Book . . . at the Museum—Carol Sandler
13 Countdown to Kindergarten—Jeri Robinson and Krystal Beaulieu
14 Saving Money through Family Literacy Collaborations—Wendy Blackwell, Leslie Gelders, Pam Cote, and Kerri McLinn

Part V Cultural Institutions and Public Libraries

15 Small Libraries Help One Another in a Big Way—Leah Wagner
16 SmartArt—Ellen Riordan and Emily Blumenthal
17 Teaching Storytelling to Youth: A Library, a School, and an Art Institute Collaborate—Cathy Lancaster and Brenda Harris

Part VI Businesses and Public Libraries

18 Science in the Summer—Margie Stern


Betsy Diamant-Cohen

Betsy Diamant-Cohen believes that the best way to learn is through play. She created and developed the nationally-replicated "Mother Goose on the Loose" (named a "National Early Literacy Best Practice" in 2015) program, for which she was awarded the 2018 Alexandre Vattermare Award for Creativity in Libraries. Betsy enjoys presenting training workshops, webinars, and online courses for librarians. Member of the ALSC Early Childhood Services and Programs Committee, her website is and Twitter handle is @MGOtL.

"In this feeble economy, public libraries are in need of close connections with their communities in order to secure funding and remain relevant. Diamant-Cohen has created a valuable resource by providing practical examples of successful partnerships between libraries of various sizes and community organizations ... No matter what the budget or time constraints may be, children's librarians will find practical partnerships that are right for them."
--School Library Journal

"This valuable resource will spark conversations around library management and administrative meeting tables in the months to come as libraries of all sizes continue to explore ways to maintain existing services as well as offer innovative solutions to community problems."
--Public Libraries