A Librarian's Guide to Engaging Families in Learning (Paperback)
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Libraries are increasingly focusing on families. Educational research confirms that family engagement in children's learning and development predicts school readiness, positive social behaviors, high school graduation, interest in STEM careers, and post-secondary education.
A Librarian's Guide to Engaging Families in Learning will inspire libraries and librarians to innovate and promote family learning from a child's earliest years through adolescence. By bringing together research and practice, it will deepen librarians' understanding of families' role in education and help them to learn new ways to build positive and trusting family partnerships that honor diverse cultures and languages, as well as to develop leadership for community impact.
Written by thought leaders in the fields of family engagement and library science, each of the three main sections of the book begins with a framework followed by case studies illustrating key concepts of the framework. Cases are followed by reflections from practicing librarians. All chapters focus on practical family engagement in the social infrastructure, lifelong learning, and diversity and social justice.
About the Author
M. Elena Lopez, PhD, is an independent researcher on the ecology of learning that includes the home, school, and community.Bharat Mehra, PhD, is professor and EBSCO Endowed Chair in Social Justice in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama.Margaret Caspe, PhD, is an educator, researcher, and writer who focuses on how families, early childhood programs, schools, and communities support children's learning.