3 Organizations Create Parent-Friendly Library

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Byline: Pam Baert

Educational jargon such as multi-age classroom and cooperative learning has been bandied about, yet its actual meaning may be unclear.

To that end, three educational organizations worked together to form PALS, Providing Adult Library Services, which opened in November. This cooperation among the Schaumburg Education Association, the Schaumburg Township Council of Parent-Teacher Associations and the District Citizen Advisory Council yielded a library with materials for parents, staff and the community at large.

It is housed at Aldrin School and is open from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., the first and third Thursday of the month.

"We are starting with professional materials," Donna Anderson, STC-PTA president, said.

This separates it from the holdings at schools' resource centers, which may have only one shelf for parent literature and from materials at the public library For example, Anderson said, materials from a recent teacher workshop on self-esteem would be available. Also, materials related to a new language arts initiative based on the book "Best Practice" are available at the library.

In addition to reading material, the library offers audiovisual tapes that organizers say are easier to digest than a textbook or report.

"We've solicited all central-office administrators to donate materials," Debbie Bohn, SEA president, said. …