Children's Libraries

Please Feed the Bookworm!

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What is new, what is hot in the field of services for teens?  How can we engage teens to read and share their passion for reading?  The on-line teen book club that has been put up at the Eleanor London Cote-Saint-Luc Public Library is a perfect example of what could be done with a great idea, passion and perseverance.  Valerie Medzalabanleth, Manager of Children’s Services, presented her project of implementing an on-line book club for teenagers.

The event, organised by the School and Youth sections on April 8th 2013 was a huge success!  The talk allowed us to understand the issues connected to the introduction of this new service, the preparation, the technical specifications, the facts related to the choices of books and the creation of the entries.

Celebrating 100 Years with a Sleepover at the Library!

ImageBy Wendy Wayling, Children’s Librarian at the Westmount Public Library

Thinking about hosting a library sleepover? The first thing you need is an enthusiastic staff with great stamina! When I started thinking about how we would close the Westmount Public Children’s Library's 100th anniversary celebrations, I knew we wanted to do something special, especially for the older children at the Library. We had already organized a storytelling/Victorian Tea at the beginning of the year for the younger children and their parents. Inspiration came when I read about the plans for the New York Public Library's 100th Anniversary Scavenger Hunt Find the Future at NYPL. I thought we also have an amazing history - why not invite our kids to discover it overnight!

Westmount Children’s Library Celebrates 100 Years! 1911-2011

Imagesubmitted by Wendy Wayling, Children’s Librarian, Westmount Public Library

The Westmount Children’s Library opened its doors on January 13th, 1911. It took the Chief Librarian, Mary Saxe, ten years to persuade the council that the children needed their own library, complete with their own entrance, their own hours and their own children’s librarian. With this addition Mary Saxe felt that Westmount would have a model building. Notes from the City of Westmount’s 2011 Annual Report indicate that this was "the greatest event in the Library’s history since it was established”.

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