[kids-lib] Library skills presentations (potential group creation)

Patrick Goodman PatrickG at wccls.org
Wed Jul 6 09:51:53 PDT 2011

Dear colleagues,

    Over the years, I've had a lot of success with a 35-45 minute program that I run for 1st graders that teaches basic library skills. The four main topics being (1) differences between fiction and non-fiction, (2) locating materials in alphabetical order, (3) proper ways to remove and replace books from shelves, and (4) proper handling of materials once checked out from the library. It's worked like gangbusters for groups of 15 - 250 students. If interested, please find the program breakdown attached, and as always feel free to change and adapt as you see fit.

    What I'd like to do is create trilogies of this program- and for progressing grades- in order to have once-a-semester contact with students who we might never get to see otherwise. Additionally, my intention to having it only for certain grades is to create a special rite of passage feel to the presentations for the classes. I'm thinking something along the lines of this:

1st grade: Basic library skills 1, 2, 3

3rd grade: Basic library site search and request skills, basic database and internet search skills

5th/6th grade: Intermediate library site search and request skills, intermediate database and internet search skills, basic reference skills

High school(?): Advanced library site search and request skills, intermediate to advanced database use, intermediate to advanced reference skills

    If anyone finds helping create some or all of these programs intriguing, I'd love to start up a group to begin production of simple lesson plans to share with the Oregon library community. If there are enough Portland-area librarians who would like to be a part of this, I'd be happy to coordinate an informal group meeting over food/drinks. I'll also begin creating a blog or wiki so everybody can share success stories. Thanks for your time, and have a great week.


Patrick L. Goodman
Youth Librarian<mailto:patrickg at ww>
Garden Home Community Library
7475 SW Oleson Rd., Portland, OR 97223
<mailto:patrickg at ww>patrickg at wccls.org

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