ROAR IN THE NEW YEAR
Happy New Year from Library Lions. Today we’re celebrating the New Year with a terrific guest post by Karen Jensen
(This is me with my “I mustache you to read” mustache)
I located the article below by Karen at one of our favorite sites Teen Librarian Toolbox
Let er rip, Karen!
Case in point, Senator Coburn (R, OK) recently put together a look as wasteful government spending in a document called The Waste Book 2012. We all know there is a lot of wasteful spending in the government, this is not news. In fact, I would argue that our elected public officials (aka PUBLIC SERVANTS) receiving 6 or more figure salaries is a form of wasteful spending, but I digress. Some of the spending that was highlighted included library spending for tween and teen programming. The money came from a grant. One example was a Star Wars Reads program that had over 100 people in attendance and cost $365. This is approximately $4.00 per person, if you round up. That’s not a bad deal at all. And I for one think that our children are worth $4.00 a head. Read the full report here.
Read the District Dispatch from ALA here.
. It encourages tweens and teens to visit and learn how to use their libraries
- Almost all programming has a literacy component and can be tied into collections
- Star Wars programs encourage math, science, diversity, and socialization skills – to name a few
- Library programming supports and encourages a 40 Developmental Assets approach to youth empowerment and community improvement. The 40 Developmental Assets are proven to decrease at risk behaviors and increase beneficial behaviors.
- Any type of programming that promotes tweens and teens getting active in their communities also takes them off of the streets and promotes constructive use of time
The list can go on, actually, but I think we can all see the value in tween and teen programming in libraries. Public libraries (and school libraries) are ESSENTIAL to healthy kids, healthy communities, healthy democracy and healthy futures.
Want to help libraries? Here’s what you can do! (This next part comes from a call to action from ALA so please help us spread the word)
I hope that you will take action to ensure America’s teens have access to great library and after school programs that help them prepare for a productive life after high school. Each September the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) celebrates Teen Read Week, and thousands of libraries, including mine host events to get more teens reading for leisure, because studies show that reading for fun helps students achieve more in school. Please join YALSA and my library in celebrating. It’s an easy way to show that you care about the education, welfare and safety of the nation’s 42 million teens and their families.
Library Lions Readers Give a Roar!
- Write a letter to the editor of your local paper and let them know that you support all that your local library does for your community.
- Write to your local school and public library administrators and let them know that you appreciate the role of libraries in your child’s education and community and let them know that you support libraries.
- Share your positive library thoughts and experiences on your various social media sites.
- Visit your library often, and let them know how much you appreciate what they do.
- Find out if your library accepts donations – either money or books – and then donate.
- If your library has a Friends group, join and participate.
- If your local library has an issue on the ballot, vote to support your library.
Public libraries support education, recreation and democracy for all members of all communities. Support yours today.
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