On Monday, May 16th, the Nassau and Suffolk chapters of the Librarians’ Alliance for Parents and Children (LAPC) met at the newly renovated Farmingdale Public Library. The meeting began with a tour of the facility. Farmingdale has adopted a Glades-style method of organizing their picture books. The books are grouped into categories such as nature, transportation, lift-the flap, concepts, first steps, and favorites. Within those sections, the books are arranged by author. For more information about the arrangement of the picture books at Farmingdale, contact the Youth Services Department.
The library has also experimented with QR codes, which can be seen around the library on bookmarks and on signs such as this one. In case you are new to QR codes, these codes can be read by a smart phone with any of the many free QR code readers available. The code acts like a link to information on the web. For example, once the QR code on this sign at the Farmingdale Library is scanned, a website with education games for kids can be accessed. QR codes can also lead to the library catalog, book lists, or book trailers. Already making QR codes? Experiment with designing pretty ones.
The tour was followed by the LAPC meeting, at which participants shared information about parent/child workshop resources, toys, early childhood specialists, policies, and collections. The next LAPC meeting will be in September at the Patchogue-Medford Library, where another children’s room has recently been remodeled. Stay tuned to the LAPC listserv for more details.