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Holy Outreach, Batman! Presented by: Betty Lawson Children’s Librarian Wayne County Public Library blawson@waynelibraries.org Sherry Christman Youth Services Consultant punkpixie@comcast.net. POW!. Bap!. Holy Outreach, Batman!. Precisely, Robin. Find Your Inner Superhero!.

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Holy Outreach, Batman!

Presented by:

Betty Lawson

Children’s Librarian

Wayne County Public Library

blawson@waynelibraries.org

Sherry Christman

Youth Services Consultant

punkpixie@comcast.net

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POW!

Bap!

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Holy Outreach, Batman!

Precisely, Robin.

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Why Outreach?

  • Library Bill of Rights
  • Bringing the library to:
    • Under served groups
    • Children with special needs
    • Families in crisis/need
    • Non users
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Words Matter!

  • All children are born learning, but….
    • If a child is read to by age 3 – 1116 words
    • If a child is NOT read to by age 3 – 525 words
    • If a child is read to by age 6- 20,000 words
    • If a child is NOT read to by age 6 -3,000 words

- The Hart-Risley 30 Million Word Gap Study – 1995

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What are YOUR superpowers?

  • The face of Youth Services?
  • Attract a crowd?
  • Creative?
  • Approachable?
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Build Relationships!

  • Connect with Schools:
  • Credibility
  • Program flyers
  • Connect with teachers
  • Guest Reader
  • Volunteer
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Build Relationships!

  • Connect with Your Community:
  • Credibility
  • Board involvement
  • Community reading
  • Books to preschools/daycares
  • National Library Month
  • partnerships
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To the batmobile!

  • Go beyond your physical space
  • Contrary to popular opinion,
  • size doesn’t matter!
  • Show up on their turf
  • “If we build it they will come”
  • mentality doesn’t work!
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“…in order to encourage children to come to the library, you must go where they are, honor where they come from. And understand what they love.” (Diaz, 2009, Teacher Librarian)

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The Embedded

Librarian!

  • Preschools
  • Daycares
  • Elementary Schools
  • Local Board Involvement
  • Children’s Museums
  • Housing Projects
  • Children & Youth Services
  • Victim Intervention
  • Programs
  • Life Skills Programs
  • Parks
  • PA One Book, Every Young
  • Child
  • Library field trip TO
  • schools
  • Books For Keeps
  • Tail Waggin’ Tutors
  • YMCA
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Tween/Teen Outreach

  • Reach them at school:
    • Clubs – Anime, Language, Book
    • Lunch hour information table
    • Summer Reading Book Talks
    • Back to School Night
    • Connect with teachers!
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Tween/Teen Outreach

  • Social Media:
    • Twitter, Instagram and Vine
    • Age directed content
    • Use library going tweens/teens
    • to spread the word!
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Alternative

  • Outreach
  • Juvenile detention centers &
    • rehabilitation programs
  • Community Events:
    • Parades
    • Community days
  • Senior Center
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In-House outreach? YES!

  • Truck Petting Zoo
  • Lego Club
  • Therapy Dogs
  • Family Nights
  • Rachel’s Challenge
  • Homeschool Support
  • Reading Star Program
  • One on Ones with parents
  • Quick Notes to Parents
  • Teachable Moments
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You Got ‘em…

Now what?!

  • Credibility!
  • Family Take Home Sheets
  • Social Media
  • W.I.C.
  • Pediatrician Offices
  • Ask Them!
  • Stay a Part of Their Lives
  • Be seen – Be Interested
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Fruits of Outreach Labor

  • 5k’s proceeds
  • Free Movie Saturdays
  • Donations from parents
  • Wish Lists granted for summer programs
  • Great resource for community needs

- Deb and Scott

- VIP single mom – apt.

- Out of the Darkness walk

- car seat safety check

- PR for other agencies /events

- Early Intervention testing

  • Kid’s Safety Fair
  • Tanya / Jason / Lisa story
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Resources

  • Funding issues
  • United Way
  • Scholastic Face – scholastic.com/face
  • Book Donations
  • Local businesses, also donate products - Wal-Mart, Dollar stores
  • National retailers, such as Macy’s and Target offer grants at the local level.
  • EITC-Banks and businesses
  • EIO- The Library
  • http://www.newpa.com/find-and-apply-for-funding/funding-and-program-finder/educational-improvement-tax-credit-program-eitc
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O---Outreach feeds on outreach

U---Understand the complexitiesof the population

T---Time is of the essence

R---Reach with urgency

E---Everyone is your customer

A---Attitude is of the utmost importance

C---Care for the needsof the population

H---The Human factor needs to be in place

*Avila (2008, p.48 )

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To the batcave!

  • Overwhelmed? Put on your
  • Baby Cape!
  • Inaction is like Kryptonite
  • to Superman…don’t be
  • defeated!