School and Public Libraries: Developing the Natural Alliance

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School and public libraries are on the same team, yet for practical reasons it often doesn't feel or look like it. If you are in either setting and want to join forces to strengthen what is a natural alliance, this book is for you. Expert liaison Natalie Relf Ziarnik shows that both public and school librarians can benefit in tangible ways by partnering up. Ziarnik eloquently draws on well-known children's literature and defining moments in history to illustrate the untapped potential that exists between schools and libraries. Using classic storytelling techniques, such as ""A Day in the Life"" of 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 - Sample ""homework alert"" for public librarians - 14 real-life examples of winning school/library partnerships - Inspiring historical tales including: - 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 horse cart 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.

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