[kids-lib] Ideas: Play areas and collection reorganization with customers in mind

Katie Anderson katie.anderson at state.or.us
Tue Sep 29 08:58:42 PDT 2015

The last issue of the Oregon Library Association's Quarterly journal (OLAQ) includes two articles that may be of interest to you.

Are you trying to create a children's area where families stay and play? Read Heather McNeil's article Early Learning @ the Library: A Production in Three Acts<http://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1800&context=olaq> to find out what Deschutes Public Library is doing. If money is an issue and you aren't sure how much you can do to create a play area, you might try only the community sponsor component Heather discusses in her article.

Are you trying to better help families with young children looking for dinosaur and princess books? Read the first section, "Picture Books Collection", in Meeting Patrons Where They Are<http://commons.pacificu.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1799&context=olaq> by three librarians from Hillsboro. They are reorganizing not only picture books by popular subjects, they are also include juvenile non-fiction, and DVDs so ALL types of library materials about dogs for young children is one place.

Hopefully this will inspire you to think of new things to try to better serve children and families in your libraries.


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Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant
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