LIBR 260A-01
Programming and Services for Children
Fall 2009 Greensheet

Penny Peck

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Course Description

This course examines the importance of library services and programming for children, including entertainment, cultural, and educational programs, storytimes, outreach techniques, services with schools, summer reading programs, program series such as book discussion groups and other ongoing programs, and reference, readers advisory, and homework help.

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200 required.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the current reading, viewing and listening habits of children, and use this knowledge in program planning
  2. Apply information on children’s developmental and psychological needs and tasks to plan appropriate programming and services for this age group
  3. Demonstrate storytelling, reading aloud, and fingerplays, songs, and rhymes, and explain why these activities are developmentally appropriate for preschool children and how they fit into library services for this age group
  4. Demonstrate booktalking, book discussion groups, and other do-it-yourself programs and describe how they fit into library services for this age group
  5. Design and run a summer reading program or game, design and schedule related programs, and explain the importance of maintaining reading skills of school age children by encouraging them to read over the summer
  6. Demonstrate familiarity with a wide variety of computer software, for use in children’s library programming, including but not limited to Web2.0 applications, gaming software, interactive learning software, and social networking software
  7. Design and manage a children’s area based on the developmental, recreational and informational needs of this age group, and create and implement an annual programming and display plan, including but not limited to, crafts, family programming, homework help programs, school visits, outreach to community organizations and groups, reading programs or games

LIBR 260a supports the following SLIS Core Compentencies:

  • F. use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
  • I. use service concepts, principles and techniques that facilitate information access, relevance, and accuracy for individuals or groups of users;
  • M. demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations;
  • N. evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.


Course Requirements

Course Assignments

  • Class Discussion - Our class discussions (worth 20 percent of your grade) will be your responses to a different discussion question posted each week. Always post to the Discussion Question by the dates listed on each forum on Angel. You will be graded on both the content of your posts (not just “I agree”), and meeting the minimum of posting at least once a week. Last day to post to the Discussion Forum is Friday, December 4, 2009. Related competencies: M, N. Related objectives: 1, 2.
  • Assignment 1: Reference and Readers’ Advisory
    Choose five websites for children’s reference, and five for children’s readers’ advisory, and evaluate these ten websites (this can include paid databases). These should be websites that are designed specifically for children to use for homework or information, or for a children’s librarian to use, not an adult site that kids sometimes use. Who writes the site, does it have advertising, is it user-friendly for a child who may not be the best speller, what are the graphics like, is the information biased or reliable, does the site carry advertising, does the providing library have to pay for this (like a database or Does it lead a child to book sources also? What homework assignment/topic did you use as the test for the site – be specific? For the readers’ advisory site, what type of books were you looking for (Fantasy, good books for boys, what grade level), and what suggestions did the site offer – again, be specific – which books and authors? List all your sources. Related competencies: F, I. Related objectives: 1, 6.
  • Assignment 2: Visit to a Public Library Storytime
    Observe a Storytime at a Public Library (you should phone and make arrangements to attend and talk to the presenter after the storytime). Write up a report of this observation, listing all the books, songs, and other activities used during the storytime. What age group was the target audience – Baby Lapsit, Toddler, Preschool, Family, Bilingual, Head Start, etc.? What was the demographic of those in attendance? How did the presenter handle any disturbances? Was the presenter a children’s librarian, support staff, or volunteer? How do they publicize the storytime? Is registration required? Were any Kindergarten Readiness skills featured? How will the storytime help emergent readers? Give a clear description of each book used, including author, title, other bibliographic data, and a short description of the plot and illustrations. This should not be the library where you work. List all your sources. Related competencies: N. Related objectives: 3.
  • Assignment 3: Booktalks and Book Discussion Group
    Read a chapter book/novel aimed at 4th-6th graders, from the mystery, historical fiction, sports, adventure, animal story, fantasy, humor, science fiction, or contemporary/realistic fiction genres (pages 25-29 in our textbook). This should be a book considered “literature;” not a paperback series knock-off but an award-winner or runner up, or by someone considered a good writer in the field. If you are not sure, email me the title so I can okay it. Read the book and write a booktalk for the book. Write a 2-5 page description (approx.) of how that book could be used in a Book Discussion Group (sometimes these are called “Mother/Daughter Book Clubs,” or Readers’ Roundtable, etc.). Include at least 5 suggested discussion questions tailored to that particular book, and complete step-by-step instructions for some related fun (non-homework-like) activities (art projects, food, games, crafts, etc. with complete step-by-step instructions.) Suggest four other novels in that same genre but by a different author, that a reader may also enjoy (You should read these books in their entirety, and give full bibliographic information, and write a short booktalk for each of these books also). List all the sources you used. Related competencies: I, M. Related objectives: 2,4.
  • Assignment 4: Children’s Library Program
    Attend a children’s library program at a public library that is NOT a storytime, and not at the library where you work. It can be a program where the library hired a professional entertainer, puppet show, holiday program (Halloween Program, etc.), an author or illustrator talk, or a program that the library staff puts on like a videogame tournament. Make an appointment to speak to the librarian after the program or by phone later that week. Write up a clear description of what the program entailed. What publicity did the library do? What age group was the target audience, and what was the demographic that attended the event, and was the target different or the same from who actually attended? How many people attended? Were parents there or have a role in the program? If an outside person was hired, how did the librarian know about the person, what was the fee paid, and who was the sponsor who paid (Friends of the Library, library budget, other group)? Were refreshments served? Was the program part of a grant? What was the goal of the program? Was the program tied to books or reading in any way? List all your sources. Related competencies: N. Related objectives: 1.
  • Assignment 5: Twelve Month Programming Plan
    Write a 12 month programming plan for either a public or school library, intended for our age group 0-12. This would include the usual library storytimes and a regular monthly book discussion group, as well as entertainment programs, homework programs, a summer reading program (yes, even at a school library), author/illustrator visits, online programming and gaming, etc. Design an overall theme for the year, and/or themes for each month and displays that coordinate with them. Include information on how the various activities enhance developmental activities at various ages, and which activities are book related, or are related to electronic resources, and which are designed to get families to come to the library. You need to include the regular programs as well as one monthly special event during the school year, and weekly special events during the summer at a minimum. Write out a budget, and include multicultural programming and a summer reading program with details on how it would work, what incentives are given, how reading is measured and rewarded, etc.. Related competencies: F, I. Related objectives: 5, 7.

Course Calendar

  • Assignment 1: Due Friday, September 25, 2009, by 11:59pm.
  • Assignment 2: Due Friday, October 23, 2009 by 11:59pm.
  • Assignment 3: Due Friday, November 6, 2009, by 11:59pm.
  • Assignment 4: Due Friday, November 20, 2009, by 11:59pm.
  • Assignment 5: Due Friday, December 11, 2009, by 11:59pm.

All assignments should be a Word file posted to the Angel assignment dropbox. All assignments must use APA format for sources and all assignments must have sources which demonstrate that research was done.


Course Grading
Class discussions are worth 20 percent of your grade; Assignment 5 is worth 25 percent, Assignment 1 is worth 10 percent, Assignments 2, 3, and 4 are worth 15 percent. Penalty for late or missed work – Missed work is an “F;” late work is ONLY allowed by agreement of the instructor BEFORE the due date; late work must be turned in no more than two days late and that is ONLY if the instructor has agreed ahead of the due date and you will be penalized one letter grade for being late.

Textbooks and Readings

Other assigned reading
Be sure to see the Important Information folder on our Angel Site for the assigned readings for the class, including the journal articles assigned for the class. You will also see a sequence of lectures, the weekly topic for the discussion question, and more extensive descriptions of the assignments.

Required Textbook:

  • Peck, P. (2006). Crash Course in Children's Services. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1591583527. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

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  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
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