Families are more likely to become engaged in their children’s learning when school and library staff reach out to them. But often, culturally diverse families are isolated from schools, libraries, and other community resources. A long list of issues may be keeping families from crossing your threshold and helping them stay hidden from your outreach – mistrust of government entities; lack of experience with public institutions, such as libraries, in their homeland; language barriers and embarrassment about their own literacy or education levels; fear due to immigration status; and more. How can you better understand who you aren’t reaching and how can you help families access your resources? Hear from education and library experts who work to engage diverse community groups and how those programs can inform your own work.
This webcast is in partnership with the Public Library Association and is sponsored by Better World Books.