School and Public Libraries: Developing the Natural Alliance

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Item Number: 
978-0-8389-0841-9
Published: 
2003
Publisher: 
ALA Editions
Pages: 
128
Width: 
6"
Height: 
9"
Format: 
Softcover
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  • Table of Contents
  • About the Author

In this revolutionary new book, expert liaison Natalie Reif Ziarnik draws on well-known children's literature and defining moments in history to expose the untapped potential that exists between schools and libraries. Using classic storytelling techniques, such as "A Day in the Life" vignettes illustrating school and public library interaction, she points out both the challenges and rewards of cooperation. Filled with practical and ready-to-use tips, this handbook includes:

  • Sample "materials request" list for classroom teachers
  • "Homework alert" ideas for students, teachers, and librarians
  • 14 real-life examples of winning school-library partnerships
  • Inspiring historical tales such as:
    • The old fiddler in a 1902 Brooklyn school who changed the course of public library service to schoolchildren.
    • The self-proclaimed radical schoolteacher of 1880s Milwaukee who took three boys and six market baskets by horsecar to the public library to select two books for each of her 72 students.
    • The contentious debate between Anne Carroll Moore of the New York Public Library and Lucy Sprague Mitchell, founder of the Bank Street School, that came to be known as the "Fairy Tale War" of the 1920s and 1930s.

Though it reads like a novel you can't put down, School and Public Libraries is a call to action for school and public librarians to embrace and pursue a shared mission of promoting reading and information literacy and ultimately doubling the support for the children and young people in your community.

Acknowledgments
Introduction

Part 1: An Abbreviated History
The Progressive Era (1890 to 1920)
Tracing the Story of Public Library School Relations
The Early Influences of Anne Carroll Moore (1900 to 1918)
The School Library Movement Begins (1890 to 1940)
Influences from Outside Librarianship (1920 to 1940)
School and Public Librarians Go Their Separate Ways (1940 to 1960)
The Blackboard Curtain and Beyond (1960 to Today)

Part 2: Different Strengths, Common Goals
Promoting Information Literacy
An Overview of the Strengths of School and Public Libraries
Learning to Read: Balancing Free Reading with Structured Lessons

Part 3: Everyday Practice: A How-to Guide
Initiating Contact
Arranging a Get-Acquainted Party
Working Together for the First Time
Tips for Working Together
Continuing Contact

Part 4: Grants
Sources of Grants
Collaboration in Grant Efforts
Ela Area Public Library
The Tall Tree Initiative in Westchester County, New York
Intergovernmental Cooperation in Bensenville, Illinois
Resources for Grant Seekers
Guides to Grants for Libraries and Education
Guides to Grant Writing
Internet Resources

Part 5: Sharing Resources
General Protocol for Teachers and Librarians
Librarian-Teacher Communication
Homework Tips for Teachers
Alternatives to Assignment Alert
Sample Reference Interview with a Student

Part 6: Research and the Process of Discovery
Learning the Research Process
Teaching the Research Process
Motivating Learners

Part 7: School Services at the Public Library
Helping Teachers Make the Most of the Public Library
Teacher Cards
Materials Request Service
Public Libraries Serving Students
Establishing Sound Policies
Homework Centers
Class Visits to the Public Library
School Visits
Other Services

Part 8: A Day in the Life
Natalie Ziarnik
Penny Mandziara
Cynthia Oakes and Loretta M. Gaffney

Part 9: At the Potter's Wheel
Author or Illustrator Visit
Battle of the Books
Career Advisory Council
Japanese Stories and Crafts
Kinderliterarische Matinée (Children's Literature Morning)
Learning Centers for At-Risk First and Second Graders
Librarian-Teacher Tea
Library Safari
Little Red Riding Hood
Poetry Break
Project Success: Science Fair Workshop
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award
Student Storytellers
Summer Reading Promotion Skit
What a Wonderful World!

References
Index

Natalie Reif Ziarnik

Natalie Reif Ziarnik is an Elementary School Liaison/Youth Librarian at the Ela Public Library District in Lake Zurich, Illinois. She coordinates communication and activities with elementary schools. In addition to her liaison duties, Ziarnik edits the "By the Book" column for Public Libraries magazine and writes fiction. For five years, she was a consultant to the University of Illinois Writers' Workshop. She received her M.S. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in 1996 and was honored with Downs Professional Promise Award. She also holds an M.A. in comparative literature.

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