Engage, Cultivate, Provide, Assess: An Outreach Model for Serving All Children and Families White Paper

Below you will find links to print ready and screen friendly versions of the white paper along with additional resources to help support outreach services. 

Engage, Cultivate, Provide, Assess: An Outreach Model for Serving Children and Families  [PDF – Print Ready 802 KB]

Engage, Cultivate, Provide, Assess: An Outreach Model for Serving Children and Families  [PDF – Screen Friendly 1,027 KB]

ALSC Blog Posts on the topic of outreach

ALSC/Candlewick Press “Light the Way” Grant - The ALSC/Candlewick Press "Light the Way" Grant is sponsored by Candlewick Press in honor of author Kate DiCamillo and the themes represented in her books. The award consists of a $3,000 grant to assist a library in conducting exemplary and replicable outreach to underserved populations through a new and innovative program or an expansion of work already being done. The grant is administered by the Library Service to Underserved Children and Their Caregivers Committee (LSUCTC) of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

Organizations Serving Children and Youth - The Building Partnerships Committee has identified national organizations that can assist you in your work with children and youth in your area. Working with some local chapters  of these organizations may be options as well. 

Building Partnerships Checklist – Consider the steps outlined in this infographic to help libraries assess, plan and manage community partnerships.

Public Library & School Library Collaboration Toolkit - When public and school librarians and library workers engage in collaboration, community members reap the benefits. Access the toolkit which includes context and suggestions for creating partnerships of all sizes and provides examples of past successful partnerships between school & public libraries.

Archived Webinars - Archived webinars are free for ALSC members and available for non-members at only $25 per individual, and $195 for groups. 

  • Closing the Word Gap: How a Museum/Library/Research Partnership Created Community Impact through Parent Education - How can collaborations between researchers, museums, and libraries create impact in the community? How can libraries serve as effective sites for parent education? Staff from Chicago Children's Museum and the Thirty Million Words Initiative will illustrate how they partnered with the Chicago Public Library to translate research-based messaging into a public exhibit (The 3T's: Tune In, Talk More, Take Turns) aimed at empowering parents and closing the word gap. Participants will gather insights on how to build effective partnerships, how to effectively reach parents, and how to strike a balance between providing information and hands-on interaction. Instructors: Natalie Bortoli, Elizabeth Hanson-McChesney, Jennifer Farrington, Beth Suskind
  • Early Childhood Programs and Services Series Part 3: Early Literacy Outside the Library Walls - Ready for a change of scenery? Expand your current early literacy efforts by reaching children, parents, and caregivers who aren’t already coming to the library. We'll learn how to use the five early literacy skills and outreach to help your library break down the walls of service and reach those who may not know they need it. Discover the tools and techniques to identify potential community partners, develop community relationships, and ways to share important library services. Instructors: Kara Fennell Walker, Kristen Rocha, Brooke Sheets