Resources: Programming for Schools/Libraries

Here are two professional resources for programming in schools and public libraries, one for K-5 and the other for middle schoolers, that you might consider adding to your library.  I have included my annotations as well as a review where available.

Stories NeverEnding: A Program Guide for Schools and Libraries.  Irving, Jan.  2004.  Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.  978-1563089978

Designed with elementary-school children in mind, this handbook includes creative ideas and detailed instructions for implementing book-driven programs in both school and public library settings.  The ten chapters cover topics such as art, math, food, storytelling, poetry, and American heritage, and each chapter ends with at least two full-scale programs for consideration.  The guide also contains helpful features such as annotated booklists for each topic, reproducibles and patterns, as well as an index and resource bibliography.

This sound professional resource will enhance programming in either the public library or the school media center. (Booklist)

Center Stage: Library Programs That Inspire Middle School Patrons.  Wilson, Patricia P. and Leslie, Roger.  2002.  Greenwood Village, CO: Libraries Unlimited.  978-1563087967

This third book of the Library Programs That Inspire Series focuses on programming ideas for middle-school patrons, with examples of successful events from award-winning Blue Ribbon schools that helped draw in even the most reluctant students.  Topics include different types of program focus, stages of program planning and implementation, as well as different resources on and off the web. The book contains over 70 programs, index, and various lists and templates.
Awards/Honors/Best Lists:
[This book] would [be] helpful in any university training program. Those already in practice who feel insecure about staging events or in need of revitalization should own [this] title. (School Library Journal)
Well worth considering for all middle school libraries. (KLIATT Review)
The authors provide a rich and valuable programming resource for middle school librarians. (VOYA)
A useful planning handbook, offering ideas for both student and professional development programs that would be of interest to educators….Those looking for a programming resource would be well served by this book. (Booklist)

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