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Afterschool Programming Toolkit

libraryThe 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:

  • Literacy
  • Math
  • Science
  • Arts
  • Technology
  • Homework

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
  • Resources

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!

Community Tool Box

toolboxWe all want our libraries to be more than just repositories for books – we also want them to be thriving centers in the community. However, it can seem like an overwhelming task to actually develop connections in the community.

That’s where the Community Tool Box can come in handy. Brought to you by the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas, the Community Tool Box is a “free, online resource for those working to build healthier communities and bring about social change.” It breaks down each step of the process for you.

There is a helpful guide to getting started, outlining the process with links to related resources:

  • Assess
  • Plan
  • Act
  • Evaluate
  • Sustain

The Learn A Skill section can guide you through chapters relevant to exactly what you need assistance with in your community. There are also Toolkits for specific activities, each with an outline and several examples.

These resources are not specifically tailored to libraries; however, if you attended the Summer Summit symposiums this year, you’ll notice that they focus on several topics that were discussed:

What’s going on in your community? What would you like to see happen? Share your stories in the comments!