CLoH’s Book Bag Program (August 2012-October 2013)

 What is the program?
The Homestead Library Blue Bag’s program is an outreach program run out of the Children’s Department of CLoH. The library sets up volunteers and local childcare/preschools to bring books and reading into the community. The program incorporates a set of volunteers, who set up monthly visits with a local children’s group (a Headstart program, a daycare, a preschool, etc) to do a storytime, much like those we do at the library.

As an Intern, my responsibility included: driving to different local daycares and programs to set up volunteers, a monthly Blue Book meeting with the MUSA Little Lambs group, checking in and out the blue bag books, and rotating the blue bag book bags so that new storytimes were available.

As Programming Coordinator: Start the 2013 year book bag program by contacting volunteers, and locations and coordinating meetings. Find and introduce new volunteers to the program. Train interns to develop new blue book bags for program.

How it Works:

They are provided with a themed bag to take to each storytime (or, of course, they can set up their own) that is made up at the library.

This is one of the premade storytimes that volunteers take for their monthy storytime: Ducks!

This is one of the premade storytimes that volunteers take for their monthy storytime: Ducks!

With them, they also bring a “Book Bag’ filled with 10 books about a specific topic, for example, firemen, dogs, seasons, growing etc.

These bags are left at the Center that the readers comes to look at. This bag's them is: FOOD!

These bags are left at the Center that the readers comes to look at. This bag’s them is: FOOD!

These bags are left at the day care for the following month for the community center to use until the next story time.

Each volunteer receives a training on storytimes, including information about flannel boards, songs and games, and reading styles.

You can find out more information about the CLoH Library here.

You can find out more information about volunteering with CLoH by calling our library at 412-462-3444 and asking for the Library Director, Tina Zins, or the current Programming Coordinator.

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