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||Librarian's Instructional Role/General
Public libraries can increase their impact on knowledge development, innovation, and social change by promoting parent and family engagement in children's learning.
Libraries are increasingly focusing on families. Educational research confirms that family engagement in children's learning and development predicts school readiness, positive social behaviors, high school graduation, interest in STEM careers, and post-secondary education.
A Librarian's Guide to Engaging Families in Learning will inspire libraries and librarians to innovate and promote family learning from a child's earliest years through adolescence. By bringing together research and practice, it will deepen your understanding of families' role in education and help you to learn new ways to build positive and trusting family partnerships that honor diverse cultures and languages, as well as to develop leadership for community impact.
Written by thought leaders in the fields of family engagement and library science, each of the three main sections of the book begins with a framework followed by case studies illustrating key concepts of the framework. Cases are followed by reflections from practicing librarians. All chapters focus on practical family engagement in the social infrastructure, lifelong learning, and diversity and social justice.
Includes ideas to inspire innovative family engagement practices in libraries
Provides research to help librarians make the case for resources to promote family engagement in public libraries
Offers content for coursework and continuing education in children's services
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"A Librarian's Guide to Engaging Families in Learning provides a significant contribution to the professional development literature. This timely and valuable resource brings together the work of some of the most knowledgeable and credible researchers. Together, they successfully lay out key issues for library faculty and librarians to integrate family engagement in children's learning."
"Public libraries are centered in this book that promotes family engagement in learning. This essential professional and teaching resource provides cases, research, and reflections that ground and re-imagine your library's services in family learning as a collaborative process. It is an invitation to work with families from different and all walks of life to instill the practice of lifelong learning and support community building and empowerment."
"A Librarian's Guide to Engaging Families in Learning provides an in-depth look at family learning, which is essential to children's development. This book is divided into four parts that touch all facets that one needs to know to develop family learning. In particular, Part 2, Knowing Families and Communities, provides information about programs that can be easily replicated to your own needs."
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