Programming

Whereas instruction involves applying learning principles from education to teach mastery of skill or knowledge, programming is about enriching the lives of the public by planning and offering events and services. The following two artifacts demonstrate my competence in programming.

Storytelling Library Program


“Understands theories of infant, child, and adolescent learning and development and their implications for library service. … Designs, promotes, presents, and evaluates a variety of programs for children of all ages, based on their developmental needs and interests and the goals of the library.” – ALSC Core Competencies

I designed a storytelling library program for children of all ages, focusing on stories that I am confident libraries would have and incorporating activities and games that all children would enjoy. I have practiced telling the stories aloud to groups of children and adults and have experience presenting the stories (see the video above where I tell the story “The Treasure Box” to a preschool class). Based on my storytime volunteering experience, I would feel comfortable leading the games, songs, and activities as well. In order to properly design a storytelling library lesson for children, I needed to be aware of theories of development so I could understand how to keep children’s interest, get them motivated to participate, and choose stories appropriate for their development. My theme was food around the world and I chose activities to accompany my stories that children would be able to do. I could have improved the program with regards to this standard by being more aware of theories of child development with respect to children with special needs. I designed the storytelling library program to not only address the needs of children in the library, but also to demonstrate successful literacy techniques for parents and professionals who work with children. In addition to presenting this hour-long program, I would have handouts for parents with the stories, songs, and activities printed out and a recommended reading list for other books to check out that deal with food.

Teen Advisory Board Summer Reading Display

“Designs, promotes, presents, and evaluates a variety of programs for children of all ages, based on their developmental needs and interests and the goals of the library.” – ALSC Core Competencies

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In March 2010, I started a directed fieldwork with Teen Services Librarian, Jennifer Bisson, at the central branch of Seattle Public Library. One of the projects I worked on is creating a teen summer reading display with the Teen Advisory Board, consisting of teens all over Seattle who meet twice a month and get community service hours.  The teens write book reviews throughout the year. I suggested creating a cityscape display for book reviews.  The teens decided to name the display, “Seattle Public Library presents…Read Around the City.” You can see images of the process and final result. Through this process, I learned about the reality of planning a program and implementing displays within the scope of a big library system.  I worked directly with teens to put together a fun display.