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Going Up the Down Slide: School and Public Libraries Partner to Reduce Summer Slide

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Description: This facilitated discussion sponsored by the AASL/ALSC/YALSA  Committee on School/Public Library Cooperation brings together enthusiastic moderators from all three divisions to engage participants in focused conversations around the theme of “summer slide,” the loss of academic skills, motivation, and knowledge that happens to students of all ages during the summer.  This session will highlight the enormous benefits of forging partnerships between school and public libraries by encouraging participants to ask questions, share  strategies, showcase successful programs, and exchange ideas.  Conversations will emphasize the intersection between STEM, Common Core, summer reading assignments and programs and “summer slide.”

Presenters: Katelyn Browne, School Librarian, Capital City Public Charter School, Washington DC; Abby Harwood, Teen Services Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA; Denise Hudec, Young Adult Librarian, Park Ridge Public Library, Park Ridge, IL; Ann Marie Pipkin, Retired SLMS Alabama School of Fine Arts, Sylacauga, AL; Elizabeth Pollicino Murphy, Director, Callahan Library, St. Joseph's College, Patchogue, NY; Martha Simpson, Head of Children's Services, Stratford Library Association, Stratford, CT.

Format: Facilitated Discussion

Types of libraries:

  • Academic
  • Community College
  • Elementary School
  • High School
  • Joint Use
  • Middle School
  • Public
  • Regional System
  • Rural
  • School/Media Center
  • State Library
  • Urban


  • Children's Services
  • Information Literacy
  • Literacy
  • Outreach Services
  • Partnerships
  • Public Programs
  • Public Services
  • Readers' Advisory
  • Resource Sharing
  • Rural and Small Libraries
  • Transforming Libraries
  • Young Adult Services
  • Youth Services

Additional comments: “Summer slide” was selected as the theme of this committee by the Presidents of all three youth divisions, underscoring the need for school and public librarians to work together to find creative and practical solutions that help students.

A resource list compiled by the committee will be distributed.