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601 Number of Childrens Programs

Page history last edited by Kim Miller 8 years ago

 

 

601 Number of Children's Programs (changed for FY2009 PLS)

 

A children’s program is any planned event for which the
primary audience is children and which introduces the group of
children attending to any of the broad range of library services
or activities for children or which directly provides information
to participants. Children’s programs may cover use of the
library, library services, or library tours. Children’s programs
may also provide cultural, recreational, or educational
information, often designed to meet a specific social need.
Examples of these types of programs include story hours and
summer reading events.

 

Count all children’s programs, whether held on- or off-site, that

are sponsored or co-sponsored by the library. Do not include
children’s programs sponsored by other groups that use library
facilities. If children’s programs are offered as a series, count
each program in the series. For example, a story hour offered
once a week, 48 weeks a year, should be counted as 48
programs. Exclude library activities for children delivered on a
one-to-one basis, rather than to a group, such as one-to-one
literacy tutoring, services to homebound, homework
assistance, and mentoring activities. This figure is a subset of
the Total Number of Library Programs (data element #600).

 

Note: The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):
Children and Young Adults Defined (Services and Resources
for Children and Young Adults in Public Libraries [August
1995, NCES 95357]) defines children as persons age 11 years
and under.

 

 

Previous definition:

A children’s program is any planned event for which the

primary audience is children and which introduces the group

of children attending to any of the broad range of library

services or activities for children or which directly provides

information to participants. Children’s programs may cover

use of the library, library services, or library tours. Children’s

programs may also provide cultural, recreational, or

educational information, often designed to meet a specific

social need. Examples of these types of programs include

story hours and summer reading events.

 

Count all children’s programs, whether held on- or off-site, that

are sponsored or co-sponsored by the library. Do not include

children’s programs sponsored by other groups that use

library facilities. If children’s programs are offered as a series,

count each program in the series. For example, a story hour

offered once a week, 48 weeks a year, should be counted as

48 programs. Exclude library activities for children delivered

on a one-to-one basis, rather than to a group, such as one-to-

one literacy tutoring, services to homebound, homework

assistance, and mentoring activities. This figure is a subset of

the Total Number of Library Programs (data element #600).

 

Note: Output Measures for Public Library Services to Children:

A Manual of Standardized Procedures (ALA, 1992) defines

children as persons age 14 and under.

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