The District of Columbia Library Association held a Summit on Library Services to Children on Thursday, January 28, 2010. The event was held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, the main library for the DC Public Library.
The event, billed as a "Summit on Library Services to Children" brought
together 58 attendees representing librarians from public schools, charter schools, public libraries, and any number of other organizations in and around the District of Columbia.
Freeny, the DC Public Library's Coordinator of Library Services to
Youth, spoke about the challenges facing providers of services to
children from birth through graduation. Micki had wonderful insights
based on 37 years in service to children as a librarian, administrator,
and educator of library school students.
Some of the themes Micki focused on included the challenge of getting
parents to read to their babies; teaching children how to use
technology to enhance their reading experiences; and working across
organizations to serve children at home, in school, and in our
Pat Brown, the newly appointed Director of School Library Media Services for the DC Public Schools
addressed the challenges in her position as the DC Public Schools begin
their work of rebuilding the School System. Pat spoke about her
immediate challenges in trying to make the School Library (Media
Center) the heart of the school during renovations. She shared the
message she is taking to principals, architects, and project managers
about the role of the Media Center i serving the entire school, from students to teachers, administrators and parents.
Richard Huffine, President-Elect of DCLA, encouraged questions from attendees. The
questions from the audience included opportunities to partner between
schools and public libraries; bringing students together across the
city; connecting students in DC to students across the world; and
opening new ways for children's librarians to work together to serve
The DC Public Library hosted the event in the Great Hall
of the MLK Jr. Memorial Library at a time when the library was actually
closed. DCLA volunteers showed
up to help with registration and logistics. Disney
Press, Hyperion, Candlewick Press, and Harcourt Press all donate materials for those that attended to use in their libraries.
Eboni Stokes, DCLA Interest Group Chair for Children and Youth, was on hand and she collected a number of names for the Interest Group. DCLA recruited 19 new members through this event and we are continuing to grow every day as an organization.