Presentation on theme: "Preschool Outreach Plus Rapides Parish Library Alexandria, LA"— Presentation transcript:
1Preschool Outreach Plus Rapides Parish Library Alexandria, LA It’s In The BagPreschool Outreach PlusRapides Parish LibraryAlexandria, LA
2POP Circulation Figures 82,99878,10423,2439,99929,40841,94542,06142,76250,95055,74065,78673,225Why start your own POP program? These figures were done by one full time person in a mini van had a part time clerk for part of the time. Start small and your program will grow.
3In The Beginning… Noticed fewer children in the library Story times were not well attendedCirculation figures were downWhere were the children?We found them in child care centers andHead Start programs
4Identify NeedStart small. You will have a window of opportunity of about 1 ½ hours in A.M. to make delivery.Send letters to centers, offering a free delivery of bags & story times.Call or visit them for their replies.THEN start building your POP. Make it a separate collection.
5POP? What Is It? FREE! Delivery of Themed Material Centers must have Class A Daycare Licenses from StateCenters are Responsible for MaterialsScheduled for a 3 Week Use PeriodWe have centers sign agreement accepting responsibility for bag and it’s contents
6What’s In Those Bags? Toddler & Preschool Bags Children’s Cassettes Children’s BooksFlannel Board StoriesPuppetsVideosTeacher Resource BooksSongs & FingerplaysBig Books
7Resources Staff Books & Materials Transportation Inventory System Staging & Storing AreaWhat you’ll need to get started
8Funding Friends Groups Grants 2004 Coming Up Taller Award 2006 Capital One LA EducationInitiative GrantFirst Book’s Book Relief2007 Junior League GrantTownsend Press Free BooksFeed the Children Book GrantLibrary BudgetDonationsWeeded MaterialsCUTA - $10,000Capital One grant - $100,000First Book’s Book Relief – over $250,000 in free books
9Additions School Age Program Children’s Programming Concerts for childrenExpanded Existing CollectionDedicated POP BuildingWorkshops for ProvidersAt-Risk TeensSaw the need to educate providers on how to use the bags.
10The Plus in POP At risk, transitional families Non traditional needs Individual needsOne Stop one timeAt risk, incarcerated teensThe Library Ladies Newsletter
11Future Plans Create a manual for others to use in developing their programSpread the word!Document program’s progressContinuing education to ensure more workshopsfor teachers
12Benefits For LibraryGreat working relationship with other organizations in communityBeautiful circulation figuresPR ToolTouches 1000’s of preschoolers with literacyGives underserved children an even start in life
13Have Questions? Contact: Susan Baker Preschool Outreach Plus MGR. x 206Rapides Parish Library5416 Provine PlAlexandria, LA 71303