Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement

This report explores why libraries are well positioned to be allies in increasing family engagement. The strategies shared come from a review of the literature, a survey of library directors, and a learning community of librarians. The paper concludes with a call for action and a framework libraries can use to work with schools, community organizations, and service providers in establishing better systems of family engagement that support the learning and success of children and families. A companion book, "Ideabook: Libraries for Families," offers a framework, examples, and practical strategies to guide libraries in their work to engage families.

Related Topics
School & Community Partnerships
Family and Community Engagement
Culturally Responsive Practice & Inclusion
Harvard Family Research Project
M. Elena Lopez, Margaret Caspe, and Lorette McWilliams
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20 pages
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