The library is a logical place for students to turn to at the end of the school day. Depending on the proximity of the library to the school, some libraries may only rarely see school-age kids, while other libraries are overrun with kids on a daily basis as soon as school lets out. Whether you are trying to attract the school-age crowd to the library, or you want to offer more structured programs for the kids who are already coming to the library anyway, an after school program is an excellent option to offer to your community.
SEDL is “a nonprofit education research, development, and dissemination organization.” Their goal is to improve teaching and learning. They offer an Afterschool Training Toolkit which may be useful for library programming.
It covers the following areas:
Each topic has various practices and support materials, and each practice section includes the following sub-sections:
- Practice in Action
- Planning Your Lesson
- Sample Lessons
You don’t need to have an after school program to use the Toolkit. You can just as easily use the lessons and ideas for individual programs.
What kind of after school programming does your library offer? Would an after school program benefit your community? Share your thoughts in the comments!