If you are going to be around on Monday afternoon, June 13, the ALA Committee on Literacy is sponsoring an off-site visit to the real and working school library at the Claremont Academy on Chicago’s Southside from 2:30 to 4:30 PM. This is a fabulous opportunity for YALSA members and other youth serving librarians to see what’s happening in Chicago.
Through a federal Improving Literacy through School Libraries grant, Claremont Academy and 11 other Chicago Public Schools are taking an A-B-Cs approach to addressing primary students’ literacy needs. During the visit, participants will:
- Learn more about the federal grant program from the U.S. Department of Education and Chicago Public School representatives.
- Learn more about Claremont and the community from school administrators, library media specialists, parents, and students.
- Observe Claremont’s library activities.
- Talk with school media specialists and literacy teachers about changes, challenges, and progress.
- Share your experiences with everyone!
Claremont Academy is located at 2300 West 64th Street, Chicago, IL 60636. Transportation is available from McCormick Place departing at 1:30 pm and returning at 5:30 pm. Space is limited and MUST be reserved in advance.’ Please contact Dale Lipschultz, OLOS Literacy Officer dlipschultz At ala DOT org with questions or to reserve space.
Oh my. Doesn’t this happen at the same time as the AASL All-Committee meeting? I can think of tons of people who would have liked to go but won’t be able to (including me!) if that’s the case. Please be sure to blog about what you see!