Imagine the Possibilities

Concurrent Program Session

Take Summer Reading to the Streets: Partnering to Reach Children with Barriers to Library Access

Friday, March 23, 2018, 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 201 ABC

Too often the best library programs never reach the kids most in need. We may be from Iowa, but we know that “if you build it, they will come” isn’t always true. So we found a way to go to them. Discover how the Cedar Rapids (IA) Public Library moved beyond its walls to reach children with barriers to traditional library access through strategic partnerships and volunteer support. Adapt this award-winning program to fit your community.

At the end of this session, participants will:

1: Identify organizations to build partnerships with that meet specific criteria: mission alignment, target audience, poverty mapping, food deserts, school proficiency scores, and free and reduced lunch program participation rates. 2: Build a framework for adapting onsite library resources to take outside of the library: collection management, volunteers, activities, crafts, requested materials, and tracking systems.Develop volunteer duties to assist library staff in efficiently and economically implementing outreach.< 3: Develop volunteer duties to assist library staff in efficiently and economically implementing outreach.

The session organizer(s) identified this session as appropriate for:
Level 2: People with some knowledge, who want to increase their understanding.

This session will have: Medium interaction (example: single speaker/panel with questions or discussion throughout)

Handouts: Download 1   Download 2  

Track: Collaborate

Tags: Serving Youth, Equity of Access, Outreach Services, Partnerships and Collaboration, Transforming Libraries


Jessica Link, Volunteer Coordinator
Cedar Rapids Public Library , Cedar Rapids , IA

Jessica Link, Volunteer Coordinator, developed and launched the volunteer program at the Cedar Rapids Public Library in 2013. The program has been featured at local, state, and national conferences and in Reimagining Service's Public Sector Volunteer Engagement report in the fall of 2014. She also coauthored an article in Public Libraries Magazine's March/April 2016 issue about summer volunteer engagement. Previously, Jessica coordinated volunteers at United Way of East Central Iowa and at Meals On Wheels.

Kevin Delecki, Programming Manager
Cedar Rapids Public Library , Cedar Rapids , IA

Kevin Delecki is the Programming Manager at the Cedar Rapids Public Library, overseeing programs and outreach for all ages, which engaged more than 48,000 attendees in 2017. He has served on multiple ALSC committees including the Theodor (Seuss) Geisel Award as chair in 2015, and the Randolph Caldecott Award in 2011. He also contributed to The Makerspace Librarian's Sourcebook and coauthored an article in Children and Libraries about best practices in story times.

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