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Monday Means Advocacy: Parents February 17, 2014

Posted by Deanna Harris in Advocacy, Check this out!.
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Parents can be some our greatest advocates for supporting strong school library media programs.  Traditionally school librarians have appreciated the support of parents who have shelved books, manned the circulation desk and coordinated bookfairs.  But parents can do so much more to support library programs: they can share their technology expertise, they can tutor students face-to-face or virtually, and they can assist with clubs and library events.  They can be a powerful voice for support!

But how do school librarians get parents more involved?  

  • Join the PTA and attend regular meetings so that the school library program and the school librarian are seen as integral to the whole school curriculum.
  • Invite parents to serve on school media and technology committees so that they have input and buy-in to teaching and learning.
  • Communicate with parents about the teaching and learning happening in school libraries through PTA newsletters, media and school blogs, media and school websites, and Twitter postings.
  • Facilitate parent workshops on internet safety, social media, instructional technology, great YA reads, and other topics to bring parents to the school library.
  • Organize parent or parent/child book clubs to read the books their kids are reading or to read books on parenting.
  • Print and share the parent brochure on School Library Programs Improve Student Learning

Parents who are involved in our school libraries will share their experiences  and become advocates for strong programs. 

What do you do to get parents involved in your school library program?  How are parents supporting your efforts and advocating for libraries and librarians?




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