Children

  • Activate Your Space with Programming

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. There are many sources of ideas for programming —the internet, your library colleagues,...

  • Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces

    Libraries have evolved over the past few years to augment their role in providing lifelong learning for their communities. They have shifted from passive to active engagement with community members. They are becoming hubs of collaborative learning, p...

  • Understand Active Learning and Community-driven Spaces

    This resource is part of the Toolkit for Creating Smart Spaces, a toolkit to help you re-envision your library’s place as a center of community learning. Libraries have long been hubs of lifelong learning for all ages. Active learning takes ...

  • Outdoor Winter Programming Ideas

    Earlier this year, in Thinking Outside: Libraries and Placemaking in Pandemic Times, we shared how some libraries were moving library programming and services to the outdoors, as a way to stay engaged with their communities during the pandemic. And n...

  • Transforming School Library Practice in Small Schools

    The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is supporting OCLC’s WebJunction as Mentor Organization for a second cohort of small, rural U.S. school libraries that are participating in their Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries...

  • Take a StoryWalk Through Downtown with the Library

    The StoryWalk® ranks among the most ingenious ideas of the last 20 years. From humble origins in Montpelier, Vermont, this idea has spread throughout libraries across North America, and beyond. And in recent years, and especially with libraries close...

  • Think Outside the Library with a Sidewalk Obstacle Course

    Noah Lenstra (Let's Move in Libraries) looks at how libraries can engage communities safely by taking programs and services outside, including creating obstacle courses.

    In just one month, this idea of a sidewalk obstacle course has s...

  • Library Storytimes during COVID-19 – Connecting with Families

    In part two of a two-part series, Saroj Ghoting, early childhood literacy consultant, looks at ways to connect with families during virtual storytimes, to share tips and support with parents and caregivers.

    Now that you've engaged w...

  • Library Storytimes during COVID-19 – a Different Kind of Connection

    In part one of a two-part series, Saroj Ghoting, early childhood literacy consultant, looks at ways to adjust storytimes for virtual engagement.

    One of the most cherished library programs for young children and their families is ...

  • Youth Programming Goes Virtual—Storytimes, Crafts, Teen Activities, and More

    As libraries and schools close their physical spaces in response to COVD-19 and CDC recommendations for physical distancing, educators and library staff alike are moving learning and programming to digital platforms. Assembled below is a list of reso...