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ACRL/EBSS Resources for Curriculum Materials Professionals

Community Relationships

  • Information literacy outreach programs with local high schools.
  • Establish strong relationships with your department’s partnership schools for student teacher placements. Make site visits, model read aloud strategies, discuss materials selection for the classroom, curriculum building resources, conduct PDs for school faculty & staff if the schools do not have school librarians on staff.

Host on-site storytimes or “Raising a Reader” workshop where the CMC is viewed as a safe, welcoming space in the community that seeks to engage visitors directly with interactive story time programs to foster pre-reading skills. The CMC, and by extension, the university will be viewed as a leader in promoting literacy awareness and practice.

Event/Program Planning

Many of the program or event ideas below capitalize on CMCs' children's literature collections and the unique expertise of CMC librarians :

  • Hosting lectures or symposia
  • Panel discussions on topics aimed at encouraging scholarly interest in children's literature
  • Book talks by children’s authors
  • Summer camps (math, literacy) with K-6 students
  • Open houses
  • School fairs
  • Make-It, Take-It events at elementary schools
  • Reading to children at campus child care center
  • Tours/instruction for parent groups, schools, students in high school cadet programs, etc.
  • Mock Caldecott parties
  • Unplug activities, such as origami, board games, coloring, etc.
  • T-shirt printing
  • Virtual reality training or gaming


Outreach Ideas

Partner with your university’s Alumni Affairs and/or Community Engagement offices on special events to reach a broader audience and leverage combined resources.

Partner with other programs and departments within your university to cross-pollinate your CMC’s resources/services and engage with audiences beyond the walls of your library or department. (eg. clinical labs in speech pathology, OT, PT, psychology, medical school, etc.)

An education coordinator at the Cotsen Children’s Library at Princeton has developed a traveling collection of primary materials to teach nonfiction subjects in schools.

  • Sheridan, D. (2014). Teaching the untouchable: Rare books education in elementary school classrooms. College and Research Libraries News, 75(10), 564–566.

Promote community or educator borrowing programs.