Common Core State Standards (CCSS) have been adopted in a majority of states. The question for many public youth librarians is how best to support their school colleagues and families in this new educational adventure. One of the most important changes that has occurred is an increasing emphasis on using non-fiction, specifically narrative non-fiction, to address the standards in teaching critical thinking skills. Libraries with strong non-fiction collections and open communication with their school colleagues will find they are ready to provide the needed support in their collections and services. The following resources can serve as a starting point to become more familiar with CCSS and gain confidence in serving your community.
Common Core in the Public Library. Kiera Parrott. ALSC blog
The Public Library Connection: The new standards require that public and school librarians pull together | On Common Core. Olga Nei. School Library Journal, December 1, 2012
Common Core Standards and the School Librarian. Hack Library School blog
On Common Core: Cultivating Collaboration. Mary Ann Cappiello, Myra Zarnowski, and Marc Aronson. School Library Journal, September 4, 2012
Nonfiction Programming. Abby Johnson. American Libraries, May 28, 2013.
Practical tips on including non-fiction with an eye to CCSS in programming for youth of all ages.
Common Core Resources for Public Libraries. Connecticut State Library
Brief outlines of some ideas to incorporate CC into public libraries along with a list of resource links at the bottom.
For Libraries, the Common Core Presents Extraordinary Opportunity. Publisher’s Weekly
School and public libraries can collaborate to incorporate Common Core; based on discussions from the 2013 ALA Midwinter meeting.
Common Core Questions and Answers. Interview with Kristin Fontichiaro at ALA’s @ your library® advocacy site
Don't Fear the Reaper - Demystifying Common Core. Marge Loch-Wouters. Tiny Tips for Library Fun blog
Practical tips on thinking about CCSS in the public library
School Library Journal and Booklist along with other professional journals often feature articles and columns highlighting books and information on CCSS.
Uncommon Corps. Sue Bartle, Mary Ann Cappiello, Marc Aronson, Kathleen Odean, Myra Zarnowski explore common core.
Great Common Core Nonfiction. Kathleen Odean
Teaching the Core: A Non-Freaked Out Approach to the Common Core State Standards
From a teacher’s perspective, breaks down CCSS to an understandable, hands-on level.
Common Core IRL (in Real Libraries)
Four bloggers join together periodically to focus on great non-fiction and fiction books and apps on specific subjects. Supportive, friendly, and full of outstanding resources, these blogger-librarians point the way for librarians to support CCSS through great children’s literature and materials in collections. The blogs and their debut discussion on frogs are here:
● Kid Lit Frenzy: frogs for our youngest children
● 100 Scope Notes: frogs for new readers
● Great Kid Books: frogs for middle grade readers
● The Nonfiction Detectives: frogs for upper elementary readers
Cooperative Children’s Book Center in Madison, Wisconsin has an excellent list of articles and resources on Common Core.
Common Core and Public Libraries: What Does It All Mean?
Slideshare presentation with a list of things public librarians can do to incorporate the Common Core Standards
AASL Website CCSS Resources
The Common Core and the Public Librarian: Reaching Patrons and Students (tool kit and recorded webinar, developed by the AASL/ALSC/YALSA Interdivisional Task Force on Common Core)
A crosswalk of the CCS and their own Standards for the 21st Century Learner
Essential Links: Common Core Standards
Johnson County Library Common Core Resource Lists
This is an example of how one library pulled together and organized non-fiction materials.
This includes a checklist of actions public libraries can do at any time during CC implementation, with little additional investment of resources. It also affirms that public libraries already offer many programs/services that benefit students as their schools transition to CC, and gives some tools and talking points for youth librarians to make this case with their administration, the schools, and the community.
Many states and school districts have additional information available online to help navigate and understand CCSS. The following samples are illustrative of the kinds of web-based resources available.
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Wisconsin’s information page for public librarians explaining CCSS and providing resources- it has excellent general information for any librarian approaching CCSS in any state.
Information Fluency Continuum and Common Core Learning Standards. New York.
In addition, there are sites that delve more deeply into the educational underpinning of the standards. Two of these sites are:
The Dana Center. Studying the Standards, Year at a Glance, Sequenced Units, & PARCC Prototype Project:
Illustrative Math: Illustrations of the standards