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Crash Course in Children's Services

3.56  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  7 reviews
A basic explanation of children's services for persons working in small libraries with limited staff. Tips include conducting reference interviews, handling homework centers, building collections, and planning storytimes. Sources of help are provided with age-appropriate themes and activities. Working with parents and teachers can be a major assignment for the children's l ...more
Paperback, 121 pages
Published September 1st 2006 by Libraries Unlimited
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Katie Chase
Jan 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Geared toward those who have not finished their MLS degree or have not had *any* experience working with children. For anyone who has worked with kids to any extent or has spent time in a children's section, there won't be much new information.
Patrice Sartor
Dec 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: textbook
This book is not very long, and it is pretty bare bones--no color print, no illustrations, no tables or figures. Still, what it does it does well, and that is to teach you all about programming for children. I appreciated the conversational writing style; it felt like I was having a chat with the author (also my teacher). I also liked the many additional web sites and sources to check out. My copy is dog eared!
A short concise guide to children's services, which I was using for my Library Programming for Children and Young Adults class. It kind of assumes that you have had no experience beforehand, or at least is written that way. It was a quick easy read.
Alyssa Tabor
Aug 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Good overview for someone who has never worked in Youth Services, but is geared very specifically toward small libraries.
A.C. Paige
This book was an excellent overview of children's services. It had many extra resources listed for future reference. The book also had examples of storytimes and programming.
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy to read, divided into organized parts. Not worth the high price, it reads more like a manual than a textbook. Glad it was available from another library. Good information.
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Penny Peck has been a children's librarian for over 25 years; before that, she was Snow White and Mother Goose at Children's Fairyland in Oakland, ran a nightclub, worked as the wardrobe mistress for the Berkeley Ballet, and was an agent for a standup comedian. Her experience includes performing thousands of storytimes, leading hundreds of book club discussions for students in grades 4-12, conduct ...more

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