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Public libraries represent community spaces in which teens who seek to cultivate their passions and interests can explore, create, and make progress in a low stakes environment. This article describes the powerful role civic institutions such as libraries can play during the out-of-school hours.
This document provides concrete strategies and suggestions for strengthening the relationship and partnerships between schools and afterschool programs, including investigating the variety of boards, committees, leadership teams, and meetings that are organized through the school as well as creating portfolios of student work which can be shared with school personnel.
Though books and literacy programs are still at the forefront of a library’s purpose, libraries also partner with local organizations to provide youth development programs. This article describes a partnership between a 4H program in Baltimore County and the local public library.
A joint publication of the National League of Cities and the Wallace Foundation, this guide highlights three key strategies that mayors and other city leaders can use to promote partnerships and build public will in support of out-of-school time programs, such as keeping out-of-school time on the public agenda and lead efforts by to establish a common set of outcomes and a shared vision for out-of-school time.