ERIC Number: ED341392
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Grandparents and Books. Trainer's Manual. Revised Edition.
Wade, Maureen; And Others
Based on a pilot program developed in the Los Angeles (California) Public Library, this guide provides the materials and information needed for introducing a "Grandparents and Books" (GAB) program in a public library. The Los Angeles program was designed to bring together the city's elderly population with children who have no one to care for them after school and promote the love of reading in these children. The older adult volunteers are trained to read to children and to listen to children reading aloud. The first of five chapters in the guide lists ideas for recruiting volunteers and publicizing the program to individuals, community groups, children, and parents. The second chapter provides checklists of activities and factors to consider when orienting staff, training volunteers, and setting up training workshops. This chapter also includes sample training workshop agendas, storytelling tips, hand puppet patterns, and a sample volunteer sign-in sheet. The third chapter notes methods for giving recognition to the library volunteers, and the fourth outlines some ideas and suggestions for serving a culturally diverse community. Some solutions to problems encountered by the Los Angeles Public Library are presented in the fifth chapter, which concludes with examples of the following materials: program flyers; publicity releases; a recruitment speech; recruitment sheet; camera ready program logos; a volunteer certificate of appreciation; volunteer application form; survey forms for schools, the community, and participants; guidelines for a library's partner agency; a sample bookmark; volunteer job description; and a program timetable. A resource bibliography and an index conclude the guide. (MAB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Sponsor: California State Library, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Los Angeles Public Library, CA.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Library Services and Construction Act