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1 Preschool Outreach Plus Rapides Parish Library Alexandria, LA

2 POP Circulation Figures 1997 - 2008 23,243 9,999 29,408 41,945 42,061 42,762 50,950 55,740 65,786 73,225 78,104 82,998

3 In The Beginning… Noticed fewer children in the library Story times were not well attended Circulation figures were down Where were the children? We found them in child care centers and Head Start programs

4 Identify Need Start 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.

5 POP? What Is It? FREE! Delivery of Themed Material Centers must have Class A Daycare Licenses from State Centers are Responsible for Materials Scheduled for a 3 Week Use Period

6 Whats In Those Bags? Toddler & Preschool Bags Childrens Cassettes Childrens Books Flannel Board Stories Puppets Videos Teacher Resource Books Songs & Fingerplays Big Books

7 Resources Staff Books & Materials Transportation Inventory System Staging & Storing Area

8 Funding Friends Groups Grants 2004 Coming Up Taller Award 2006 Capital One LA Education Initiative Grant 2005-2007 First Books Book Relief 2007 Junior League Grant Townsend Press Free Books Feed the Children Book Grant Library Budget Donations Weeded Materials

9 Additions School Age Program Childrens Programming Concerts for children Expanded Existing Collection Dedicated POP Building Workshops for Providers At-Risk Teens

10 The Plus in POP At risk, transitional families Non traditional needs Individual needs One Stop one time At risk, incarcerated teens The Library Ladies Newsletter

11 Future Plans Create a manual for others to use in developing their program Spread the word! Document programs progress Continuing education to ensure more workshops for teachers

12 Benefits For Library Great working relationship with other organizations in community Beautiful circulation figures PR Tool Touches 1000s of preschoolers with literacy Gives underserved children an even start in life

13 Have Questions? Contact: Susan Baker Preschool Outreach Plus MGR. 318-442-2483 x 206 Rapides Parish Library 5416 Provine Pl Alexandria, LA 71303




17 POP VANS & BUILDING Vehicles bought with grant funds in 2007 & 2008

18 The Best Reasons To Do POP

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