For immediate release | June 3, 2010

Partnering for success in children’s services

CHICAGO--ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, announces the release of “Children's Services: Partnerships for Success,” edited by Betsy Diamant-Cohen. Co-author of the popular titles “Booktalking Bonanza” and “The Early Literacy Kit,” Diamant-Cohen brings together 18 examples of successful outreach partnerships that children's librarians and administrators can adapt to their own situations. Contributors from the U.S and Canada explain how they partnered with schools, community organizations, museums, businesses and other agencies to create novel experiences for children across the children's services spectrum (preschool through middle-school). Inside this volume readers will find
  • Descriptions of innovative award-winning collaborations, such as The Read to Me Program (a family literacy project that evolved from a collaboration between an adult corrections facility and a public library)
  • Programming ideas perfect for enhancing community outreach
  • Inspiration to create and kick-start new initiatives
Diamant-Cohen is the early childhood specialist at Port Discovery children's museum in Baltimore, Md. She developed the award-winning "Mother Goose on the Loose" early literacy program, which won the Godfrey Award for excellence in public library programming and in 2004 was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal. She earned her doctorate in communications design from the University of Baltimore and her master’s degree in library science from Rutgers. She enjoys traveling around the country to give training workshops.
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Rob Christopher