Thursday, February 12, 2015

Create Your Own Case Toolkit

We often focus on the stories in the books we use with children at our libraries.  But how often do you consider stories of the children and their families?

At your library, have you ever...

  • Wondered why a family who uses your library never comes to storytime?
  • Been curious why a parent declines the opportunity to get a library card?
  • Tried to offer early literacy tips but felt that they were unappreciated?
A new FREE resource from the Harvard Family Resource Project called "Create Your Own Case Toolkit" offers a structure to help you apply critical thinking and problem solving to local situations. Consider using the toolkit to investigate issues at your library or in your community, or think about using the toolkit in a group discussion or workshop.

The information below comes from the Harvard Family Resource Project


When you think about what you would do in situations—or cases—such as these, you develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that are essential for working successfully with families. A case is basically a story that invites critical thinking and problem solving. Unlike most stories, though, cases leave readers with lingering questions. 

Just as reading and thinking about family engagement cases contribute to your ability to work with families, so, too, does writing your own case. That’s why, we, Harvard Family Research Project, and the Community Engagement Team in the Department of Human Services in Cambridge, Massachusetts, have developed the Create Your Own Case Toolkit. The primary purpose of the Create Your Own Case Toolkit is to lead you through steps and exercises to guide you in writing your own case.