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2 Youth & Family your library APLA May 2012 Beth Maddigan & Susan Bloos Community Chest

3 Communities, Libraries & Youth Over the next hour you will learn about contemporary practices in community programming review strategies for community mapping and program design hear how several Ontario libraries are engaging youth in their communities

4 Communities, Libraries & Youth Libraries are changing the way they interact within their communities. Why? TO MAINTAIN / IMPROVE RELEVANCE GENUINE ENGAGEMENT LEADS TO REGULAR INVOLVEMENT INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES CAN BE A CATALYST TO SOCIAL CHANGE

5 Research & Established Practice Y OUTH HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY Every Child Ready to Read Every Child Ready to Read (now on the 2 nd edition) has changed established practices for library programming Community-led Libraries ToolkitCommunity-led Libraries Toolkit gives us a roadmap for re-establishing the library’s role in the community Initiatives like Imagineaction and organizations likeImagineaction ABC Life Literacy Canada ABC Life Literacy Canada and the i2i Intergenerational Society are catalysts to inclusion and social changei2i Intergenerational Society

6 Community Program Benchmarks Support network elders, parents, caregivers, teachers, mentors Local community involvement Literacy connection read, write, talk, sing, play! Collaboration to mutual benefit Engaged youth and/or families In-house, outside, or virtual Accessibility cultural, physical, financial Innovative, unique, value-added

7 Learn CreateDeliver Assess ReflectRefine Community Program Model

8 Community Mapping Community Mapping is a valuable way to gather resource information about your community The information is used to understand and enhance relationships, and design and develop relevant programs.

9 Community Mapping Mapping Methods Neighourbood walk get out, look around, drop-in and make connections Community assets CLL Toolkit : Inventory of organized, formal groupsCLL Toolkit Relationship building target specific people, start with your own staff’s interests, activities, and family connections Social mapping CLL Toolkit : informal aspects of community identity - community leaders, gathering spaces, shops, cafes CLL Toolkit

10 Community Mapping E XCERPTED FROM M ADZIAK, A. M., & S OUTHERN O NTARIO L IBRARY S ERVICE. (2007). C REATING THE FUTURE YOU ' VE IMAGINED : A GUIDE TO ESSENTIAL PLANNING. T ORONTO, ON: S OUTHERN O NTARIO L IBRARY S ERVICE. Describe YOUR community in terms of social and economic factors lifestyles and interests groups and affiliations agencies and services changes occurring

11 Communities, Libraries & Youth Community-engagement programming for youth will Engage Inspire Inform Delight

12 Forest Heights Community Library One of 5 KPL locations Surroundings: City pool High School (FHCI) Mall with small bus terminal Fischer Park with sports fields, tennis courts, baseball diamond, track Community Centre Fire Hall 3 Retirement Residences Busy street close to highway

13 Altered Books Partnership between Forest Heights Community Library & Grade 12 Visual Arts Students of Forest Heights Collegiate Institute

14 Altered Books Grade 12 visual arts students create sculptures out of discarded books. The art pieces are then exhibited at the public library to highlight freedom to read week.

15 Altered Books

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17 Program Objectives Increase awareness of intellectual freedom Encourage students to express their thoughts about censorship or express their personal response to literature through an art form Introduce sculpting techniques and materials Provide a public forum in which to exhibit student art Draw people into the public library to view the exhibit Increase awareness or circulation of challenged materials

18 Valentine’s Day Card Factory Partnership between Forest Heights Community Library, Girl Guides of Canada, and Local retirement residences

19 Valentine’s Day Card Factory Library programmer works with Girl Guide groups to create Valentine’s Day cards that are delivered to seniors in retirement residences where an intergenerational storytime and sing-along is held.

20 Valentine’s Day Card Factory Program Objectives Provide an opportunity for different generations to share an experience through storytime Help Guides earn their community service badge Celebrate a special day with adults who can sometimes feel isolated

21 “Podcasters Wanted” Teen Reviewers Vaughan Public Library Teen Vortex Sample Podcast Submitted by Vivien Hogg Youth Services Librarian Vaughan Public Libraries Ontario, Canada Teens create book review podcasts that are posted on the library website

22 “Podcasters Wanted” Teen Reviewers Submitted by Vivien Hogg Youth Services Librarian Vaughan Public Libraries Ontario, Canada Interested in Teen Podcasting ? Check out the ALA Tech Guide: ntechweek/ttw08/resourcesabcd/techguide_podcst.pdf

23 “Podcasters Wanted” Teen Reviewers Submitted by Vivien Hogg Youth Services Librarian Vaughan Public Libraries Ontario, Canada Program Objectives Engage teens in an exciting way Promote the library collection Enhance content of library website Promote literacy skills Develop positive relationships between staff and teen volunteers Provide opportunity to gain volunteer hours

24 Culture Days Flash Mob Submitted by Kathy Hammer Children’s Services Librarian Innisfil Public Library Ontario, Canada Culture Days A cross-Canada collaborative movement to raise awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement in the arts and cultural life of communities

25 Culture Days Flash Mob Submitted by Kathy Hammer Children’s Services Librarian Innisfil Public Library Ontario, Canada

26 Culture Days Flash Mob Submitted by Kathy Hammer Children’s Services Librarian Innisfil Public Library Ontario, Canada Program Objectives Support and promote the Culture Days movement Offer intergenerational activity Raise awareness of library Strengthen relations between library and Town Council Capitalize on a pop culture phenomenon

27 Pop Culture Family Programming Program Objectives Popular Culture - Current Event Programming Promote the library as a relevant, fun and vibrant place Build on existing enthusiasm for timely events Re-energize programs with decreasing attendance

28 Pop Culture Family Programming Submitted by Jen Watson Children’s Programmer Pioneer Park Community Library Ontario, Canada A life sized board game played at Community Centre for Community’s 30 th Anniversary Fun Fair

29 Submitted by Jen Watson Children’s Programmer Pioneer Park Community Library Ontario, Canada Pop Culture Family Programming

30 Submitted by Jen Watson Children’s Programmer Pioneer Park Community Library Ontario, Canada Pop Culture Family Programming

31 Submitted by Jen Watson Children’s Programmer Pioneer Park Community Library Ontario, Canada Pop Culture Family Programming

32 Submitted by Jan Wood-Salomon Children’s Programmer Cambridge Libraries & Galleries Ontario, Canada Special storytime promoting family literacy Pop Culture Family Programming

33 Submitted by Laureen Yacynuk Children’s Programmer Cambridge Libraries & Galleries Ontario, Canada Summer Reading Program Special Event for Families Pop Culture Family Programming

34 Idea Share Share a community program happening at your library

35 Idea Share Want to be a part of the online Youth Community Programming network? Complete the card provided we’ll invite you to the network launch planned for Winter 2013

36 Youth & Family your library APLA May 2012 Beth Maddigan & Susan Bloos Community Chest


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