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By Virginia A. Walter

This visionary booklet by means of revered kid's library expert and recipient of the inaugural ALA study provide, Virginia Walter, is a choice to motion for libraries serving kids. Walter lets you: -- Write a challenge statement-- Create excellent child areas within the library-- Capitalize on rising traits comparable to net provider and homework assistance-- Adapt innovations from most sensible kid's library courses round the country-- Create tangible results to safe applicable budgets

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24 | Where We Are Today It has become easier to develop children’s collections with broad and balanced subject coverage as publishers have become less cautious about the kinds of books they produce for children. Children’s librarians are able to find good nonfiction books on many topics that go beyond the conventional notion of what is appropriate for children. Here are a few examples from recent publishers’ lists: personal safety—Safe Zone by Donna Chaiet (1998) entrepreneurship—Once upon a Company by Wendy Halperin (1998) a Tibetan spiritual leader—The Dalai Lama by Demi (1998) the Holocaust—Witnesses to War by Michael Leapman (1998) AIDS—HIV Positive by Bernard Wolf (1997) Contemporary child slavery in the Third World—Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders against Child Slavery by Susan Kuklin (1998) QUALITY VERSUS POPULARITY In practice, however, the balanced collection has given way in many public libraries to a market-driven collection.

We should be rewarding young people with creative ideas, not discouraging them” (Let boy read 1999, 41). Much of the expressed public opinion, whipped up by the media, appeared hostile to the library’s initial decision not to allow the boy to read aloud to younger children. The retired children’s services coordinator, Effie Lee Morris, speaking to a public audience at a library lecture during the controversy, bemoaned the fact that people apparently did not understand the high professional standards that were upheld by children’s librarians in the city or the training and skill involved in preparing and conducting a story hour.

The Multnomah County Library integrates its summer reading program into its children’s Web site. In the summer of 1999, the medieval theme of ReadQuest featured knights and dragons. Children could register for the program on the ReadQuest Web site and learn more about the activities being held in the system’s libraries. They could also participate in an Internet Quest by exploring the Web sites listed at the library’s Homework Center site and then answering “quest”ions on-line. The Pasadena Public Library has posted children’s book reports on its 1999 Summer Reading Club Web site.

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