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The case for making libraries full of toys and games

The case for making libraries full of toys and games | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie’s public library legacy was built on a boyhood dream: to acquire knowledge. Carnegie believed in “the meritocratic nature of America,” that anyone “with the right inclination and desire could educate himself” and therefore succeed, and that libraries should contribute directly to that. 

So what are libraries doing lending out toys and holding game nights? Aren’t American kids’ test scores lagging behind those of pretty much the rest of the world? Shouldn’t American public libraries be, as Carnegie wanted, educating? Recent studies, and librarians themselves, say otherwise.

In a study with 70 six-year olds, psychologists at the University of Colorado found that the children who engaged in more free play had a “more highly developed self-directed executive function” than those who had spent more time in “structured activities,” that were adult-led rather than child-initiated."


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The importance of play in the development of children! Definitely should be addressed by libraries!

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This is an interesting article with lots of useful links.

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Smart Play area becomes a library hot spot for kids - Minneapolis Star Tribune

Smart Play area becomes a library hot spot for kids - Minneapolis Star Tribune | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
by: SHANNON PRATHER 

Anoka County Library staff in Fridley, with the help of the Minnesota Children’s Museum, removed rows of bookshelves and replaced them with a large, imaginative play area. The new space — with an urban park theme to fit the inner-ring suburb on the banks of the Mississippi River — includes a play bus, a farmers market, a tree hollow, a garden and a picnic area.

Children are very attached to the “Smart Play Spot,” the staff said.

“We have seen more meltdowns because they don’t want to leave,” said Fridley branch librarian Theresa Schroeder. “We are also seeing more parental interaction with children.”

Families, library and museum staff cut the ribbon on the play area last week. The change to the children’s section was so dramatic, with shelves being removed, that several library patrons asked during the conversion if the library was shutting down, Schroeder said.

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Smart play areas! > GReat idea for public libraries!

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Parents feel special bond with libraries and what they offer to children, families | Deseret News

Parents feel special bond with libraries and what they offer to children, families | Deseret News | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Lois M. Collins:

Parents value libraries as a safe place for children, a source of education and entertainment, a tech hub. They feel great affection for a library's ability to instill a love of reading in young minds, too, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center's Internet and American Life project.

In fact, 94 percent of parents say libraries are important for their children and 79 percent say "very important," according to the survey of 2,252 Americans 16 and older conducted last fall, including 584 interviews with parents of minor children. "Parents" in the results refers only to those children younger than 18.

The survey found that among all adults, parents are more likely to have library cards, visit the library, use the library website and participate in programs there, said Lee Rainie, who directs the Internet and American Life Project for Pew.

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Libraries are truly community spaces for families!

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Beautiful Learning Spaces & libraries

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@Joe_Mazza Might be helpful. A collection of beautiful learning spaces by @jennzia & I. It includes some libraries http://t.co/6KxTo0o6i0
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Inspiring learning spaces!

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Librarians Learn to Move beyond Text | American Libraries Magazine

Librarians Learn to Move beyond Text | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Submitted by George Eberhart on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 13:50


By Sara Zettervall, Cognotes
“When we’re looking for ourselves in kids, we don’t always see what we expect to see.” That statement from Stephen Abram, library futurist, was the takeaway lesson at the ALSC/YALSA Joint President’s Program on Monday.

Michelle Poris, quant savant at the market research and strategic consulting firm Smarty Pants, revealed that, of several hundred young people who participated in her study on digital activity, 68% agreed that “grownups need to do a better job of finding out what’s important to kids.” She particularly wanted librarians to be aware that 50%–60% of young teens feel stress daily, as they face pressure to juggle multiple tasks even as they’re prompted to begin preparing for college in middle school. They see this message online as well as hear it in school, and their stress is compounded by packed schedules in which homework and organized sports crowd out relaxation time."

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More Than A Library | WanderMom

More Than A Library | WanderMom | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Michelle Duffy:

Author shares her experiences with a library-building project in Lusaka, Zambia.

"The library we funded is so much more than “just” a library it is also a literacy and literacy education program for the teachers, children and parents associated with this school. Room to Read trains the teachers and a parent representative on how to manage the library and how to catalog books and operate a check-out system. The program funds a literacy teacher who integrates library time into the school day for all children. The kids can come to school early or stay late just to read."

-@wandermom


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iPads Improve Kindergarteners' Literacy Scores - WebProNews

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Joh Wolford:

"iPads Improve Kindergarteners' Literacy Scores WebProNews From Hack Education: But as Damian Bebell, one of the project's researchers argues, we can't just act as though the devices “arrive on parachutes” into a classroom and suddenly and magically..."


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Three-year study asserts benefits of school libraries on student learning

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Lauren T. Taniguchi:

 

"From staff reports TRENTON — The New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) released findings on Wednesday of a three-year study conducted by the Center for International Scholarship in School Libraries (CISSL) at Rutgers University..."

 

Some of the findings:

 

"School librarians make key contributions to student success, including:

• Improvements in student test scores;

• Development of thinking-based competencies in using information, and development of positive and ethical values in relation to the use of information and technology and

• Increased interest in reading, increased participation in reading, the development of wider reading interests and becoming readers who are more discriminating.

In phase two, which was completed in November 2011, CISSL examined a sample of effective school libraries to identify the key criteria that enables these libraries to thrive and contribute to the learning agendas of the schools.

Findings show that in those schools:

• The school library is a learning center linked to classroom instruction;

• The school library supports the school’s mission to produce literate and informed learners who can thrive in a digital, knowledge-based world;

• The school library is a 21st-century classroom that provides an understanding of the information..."

 

Read more: http://www.nj.com/cumberland/index.ssf/2012/02/three-year_study_asserts_benef.html 

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Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com

Using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LLRX.com | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"David H. Rothman continues to articulate and comprehensively document the case that a public national digital library system should serve people of all income levels and all ages, centenarians included.

 

Recommendation #1: Aim for a mix of electronic and paper books

Recommendation #2: Investigate the efficacy not just of different kinds of e-book content but also of ways to use it

Recommendation #3: Strive for appropriate hardware, software, and connectivity

 

Needed more than ever--and not just for the disadvantaged"

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Recommended Websites From A Children's Librarian

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"Busy children’s librarians use the internet everyday for professional development, assisting patrons, readers’ advisory, program planning and ordering library materials.

 

Intertwined in the use of the web for work and personal use, are the myriad websites a youth librarian uses regularly to stay in touch with what is going on in the world of children’s librarianship, public libraries, popular culture, children’s literature and forthcoming new children’s books. Without a doubt, there are a dizzying array of blogs, social media outlets, websites and other online tools to choose from."

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On National Gaming Day, libraries encourage children to put down book, pick up joystick

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"...on Saturday, Ferguson was one of more than 20,000 youngsters worldwide who went to their local libraries for a different purpose: to play video games.

 

Since 2008, the American Library Association has encouraged libraries to set aside a Saturday in November to encourage children and families to put down their books for a couple of hours and play games.

 

Jenny Levine, a strategy guide for the Chicago-based association, said libraries have always been a place where people can go for information, knowledge, and experiences, regardless of the method. And gaming, she said, is part of that evolution.

 

"Libraries have not been solely about books in decades, dating back to phonograph records. And gaming in libraries dates back to the 1880s," Levine said. "But when our membership organization noticed a trend nationally where the new video games were becoming more social, we figured that this was a way that libraries could add some value."

 

"The two previous National Gaming Day events attracted a combined total of more than 57,800 participants at 3,247 libraries. Levine said more than 1,300 libraries in at least 13 different countries registered for this year's event."

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Technology Trends in Libraries & the Emerging Generation, by David Lee King

"Technology has changed the face of libraries, and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to our younger customers and their parents. This presentation introduces emerging technology trends and needs of children and teens, and how those trends can help re-shape library services. Examples of how to incorporate these trends into libraries are provided."


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Great ideas for libraries to incorporate the youth in their services!

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YALSA » An Interview with the Roadtripping Librarian - video

Over the summer Talya Sokoll traveled across the United States to learn about library services and collections for teens. Talya paid particular attention to space and collections that support the needs of LGBT teens.

 

Interview here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUw729Hk50E

 

You can read Talya’s article on trans* teens in YA literature in the summer issue of YALS, she updated the article on the YALS site and published a list of trans* YA titles there as well. You can also read her Roadtripping Librarian blog posts on this site."

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A Voice for Teens: Up Close with Youth Librarian Lindsey Tomsu | School Library Journal

A Voice for Teens: Up Close with Youth Librarian Lindsey Tomsu | School Library Journal | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Karyn M. Peterson

“The reason why my programming has become so successful is because I have given a voice to my teens and have made them an integral part of [it],” says Library Journal  Mover & Shaker Lindsey Tomsu, new youth librarian and teen club advisor extraordinaire at La Vista Public Library (NE).

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In this fourth of a dozen planned interviews with the youth services librarians named as Mover & Shakers this year, Tomsu shares with SLJ her top teen book picks, her dealings with Dewey, her inspirations and passions, why teens matter so much, and her views on the future of youth services.


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Libraries in Brimbank have a constructive program

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Brimbank libraries have a range of children programs available to encourage social interaction, learning and fun with the Lego Club being one of them.

Aimed at children aged 7-12 years who would like to build and display their Lego works in the library, the free club runs weekly at the Sunshine and Sydenham libraries.

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New ‘Digital Divide’ Seen in Wasting Time Online

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By MATT RICHTEL:

"As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time than children from more well-off families using their television and gadgets to watch shows and videos, play games and connect on social networking sites, studies show.

This growing time-wasting gap, policy makers and researchers say, is more a reflection of the ability of parents to monitor and limit how children use technology than of access to it.

“I’m not antitechnology at home, but it’s not a savior,” said Laura Robell, the principal at Elmhurst Community Prep, a public middle school in East Oakland, Calif., who has long doubted the value of putting a computer in every home without proper oversight."


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The New Face of Public Libraries -Youtube video

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"Vancouver's Public Libraries have seen a lot of change in the last few decades. The change is not just technological, it is in the way they provide services, why they provide it, and the types of resources they have built and deliver with their communities. Their innovative approach has brought the librarian out of the library and to the people."

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Libraries support families | Reading, Writing, Research

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Families need a boost these days. Fortunately public libraries, which have always had special services for children, are expanding their support for families.
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ICDL - International Children's Digital Library

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International Children's Digital Library (RT @deborahruf: Free online library for children.

 

"The mission of the International Children's Digital Library Foundation (ICDL Foundation) is to support the world's children in becoming effective members of the global community - who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas -- by making the best in children's literature available online free of charge. The Foundation pursues its vision by building a digital library of outstanding children's books from around the world and supporting communities of children and adults in exploring and using this literature through innovative technology designed in close partnership with children for children."

 

"The ICDL Foundation is a non-profit corporation."

 

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For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World | School Librarian In Action @ Scoop It!

For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World | School Librarian In Action @ Scoop It! | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A new study suggests that children prefer e-books to print books and that they retain and comprehend an equal amount of information from both print- and e-books."

 

"A new “QuickStudy” – so named for its short duration and the small size of its sample group – from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center observed 24 families with children ranging in age from three-to-six reading both print and e-books in the Summer and Fall of 2011. Most of the children in the study preferred reading an e-book to a print book and comprehension between the two formats were the same.

“If we can encourage kids to engage in books through an iPad, that’s a win already,” said Carly Shuler, senior consultant for industry studies at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is a New York based non-profit organization dedicated to understanding how children learn through digital media."

Read more at DigitalBookWorld.com: For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2012/for-reading-and-learning-kids-prefer-e-books-to-print-books/#ixzz1j8QPvsIc

 

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