State representatives agree to promote Take Your Child to the Library Day in their states and professional communities, regional and national. You each know your communities best, and each representative may choose to promote the day differently. Promotion might include:
- Posting once a month on a library listserv or state library association news area or other social media site
- Raffle - Be sure to promote the annual raffle to your state librarians! Every year we give away some prizes, and that contest is posted on our Facebook page and blog. If you are able to secure any prizes for the raffle, please let me know. Usually we give away music CDs, audiobooks, children's books, other swag, etc.
- Explaining the day to colleagues at roundtables, meetings, or conferences, either formally or informally
- Other print or electronic media promotion
- Securing endorsements from authors or other dignitaries or organizations that live in your state - Please let us know so we can add them to our Events page :)
Proclamations - Some words on wording!
Some states request and receive gubernatorial proclamations regarding the day and ask us for suggestions. Here is the wording we used in our state; feel free to adjust so long as your wording stays true to the goal of the day.
Take Your Child to the Library Day February 2012 Resolution
Whereas libraries serve as community resources for children and families
Whereas children develop literacy skills and form a life-long love of reading at libraries
Whereas libraries provide free opportunities for children and families to enjoy engaging programs and a diverse array of materials and services
Whereas libraries strive to inform children and families of resources and services available to them that will enrich, educate, and entertain citizens
Be it resolved that the first Saturday of February will hereby be designated as Take Your Child to the Library Day in the state of Connecticut ]]
You know your state best, and we would love to hear about your community's efforts. So, we ask each state representative to write a one page (or less) report on the past year's events. This is to help us improve our outreach to you and to learn about the amazing things each state or region has accomplished. Your report might include:
- Summary of Promotion efforts. What worked? What might you try next year? What feedback did you receive from participants
- Take Your Child to the Library Day events in your state - a summary, anecdotes, highlights, whatever fits your experience
- Special Accomplishments - Did you, your state library association, or any librarians in your state go above and beyond for Take Your Child to the Library Day? Please tell us all about it.
Submitting Your Annual Report
- We ask that state/region/country reps submit their annual reports no later than the first week of March. Please send them to caugusta [at] stratfordlibrary [dot] org
- By submitting your report, you allow us to use all/part of it in our publicity. We will attribute to you anything that we do use from your report.
Thank you! We love 'meeting' and working with all of you. Librarians rock!
Connecticut Library Consortium (our sponsoring organization)
Take Your Child to the Library Day Planners and Connecticut librarians
Current List of State/Region Representatives - updated 1/9/2014
Ontario - Jody Seeley, Meaford Public Library, Meaford, Ontario
Arkansas - Lisa Donovan, Central Arkansas Library System
California - Cen Campbell, Bookboard
Connecticut - Caitlin and Nadine, plus the CLC!
Illinois - Michele McAlvey, Walnut Public Library, Walnut, IL and Kimber Martin
Indiana - Mary Voors, Children's Services Manager, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Kentucky - Carol Sexton, Children's Services Librarian, Pulaski County Library, Somerset
Maine - Samantha Cote, State Representative: Mamie Anthoine Ney
Massachusetts - Betsy Rajotte
Minnesota - Angie Petrie, Stillwater Public Library, 2013 Chair of the Minnesota Library Association's Children/Young People's Subunit
Missouri - Amy Koester, Corporate Parkway Branch, St. Charles City-County Library District, Wentzville, MO
New Hampshire - Janis Minshull, Conway Public Library, Conway, NH
Nevada - Marcie Smedley, Assistant Branch Manager, Youth Services Department Head, Henderson Libraries, Gibson Branch, Henderson, NV
New York - Chrissie Morrison, East Greenbush Library, Vice President NYLA YSS
Ohio - Trista Kunkel, Youth Services Librarian, Birchard Public Library, Fremont, OH
Pennsylvania - Linda Esposito, Peters Township Public Library, McMurray, PA
North Carolina - Heather Hardin, Martin Memorial Library
South Carolina - Jennifer Simmons, Anderson County Library, Anderson SC