On Thursday, April 26th, librarians from the Central Valley School Library Consortium* and the San Joaquin Valley Library System met at FPU to collaborate on ways to develop stronger school/public library partnerships to benefit the valley’s K-12 students. Topics of discussion included:
1. Current collaboration/outreach efforts
- Cross-promotion of the public library’s Big Read program & Summer Reading Programs
- Public library outreach/participation in K-12 schools’ Literacy Nights, Open Houses, Back to School Nights, Battle of the Books, and Book Festivals; school field trips to local public libraries (Did you know that the Fresno County Public Library has an entire division dedicated to events like this? WOW!)
2. How to easily get public library cards into the hands of K-12 students to enable them to access and use the resources provided by the public library. Much discussion centered on the possibility of providing all K-12 students with a “digital use only” library card.
3. How to best promote and teach access and usage of the existing public library digital resources and the upcoming statewide provision of online databases for K-12 students.
All participants found the discussion to be very beneficial and plan to continue in the 2018-2019 school year!
*The Central Valley School Library Consortium (CVSLC) is a professional learning community of district school library supervisors from school districts and county offices located in Merced, Madera, Fresno, Tulare, and Kern counties. CVSLC is a service facilitated by the FPU Teacher Librarian Program and meets regularly during the K-12 school year.