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Parents in Public Libraries: Moving from parent involvement to parent engagement and empowerment

Parents come to our libraries every day for our collections, programs and services. They bring their children to the library, participate in programs specifically geared for parents like early literacy classes, and sometimes are involved in other ways like volunteering.

How can we take this important involvement to a new level to increase parent buy-in of library services, actively seek parent input into children’s and parenting services, and empower parents to be more actively involved in their children’s reading and education?

Even better, how can we encourage them to promote the library to other parents?

Join us for this interactive session where we will explore ways to move parent involvement to parent engagement, hear examples from public libraries and other organizations successful in engaging and empowering parents, and share your own experiences and ideas on the topic.

We’ll also discuss the possibilities of parent ambassador programs and parent advisory boards in public libraries. This is not a traditional lecture-type webinar; come prepared to actively participate in the conversation!

About Beth Crist

Beth’s background is rich in youth services and state library experience. She began working in libraries in 1999, has museum experience, and has worked as a state library consultant in North Carolina, New Mexico, and now Colorado. In her position, Beth supports children, teens and families by coordinating statewide initiates for early literacy, summer reading and other program.