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Collection Development - Children's Special Collections

21. Children's Special Collections:

Children's Reference

The Children's Reference collection consists primarily of general encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, bibliographies, and other one-of-a-kind materials. The collection also includes subject-specific resources such as world history or science encyclopedias. The books in this collection may only be used in the library and are shelved in a special reference section.

Parent/Teacher Resource

This special collection contains materials for teachers, parents and childcare providers and is primarily a book collection but also contains literacy kits. The emphasis is on providing practical, as opposed to academic or highly theoretical, materials.

Areas of emphasis include:

  • Books addressing the educational needs of children; a specific emphasis is placed on collecting books addressing literacy development.
  • Homeschooling resources.
  • Books on child development and parenting.
  • Books addressing the recreational needs of children, providing ideas for enriching activities that children and adults can participate in together.
  • Bibliographic reference and readers' advisory materials.
  • Books related to children's literature and storytelling.
  • Books related to challenges and disabilities faced by children with particular emphasis on addressing those challenges in an educational or home environment.
  • Circulating collection of Caldecott and Newbery Award winners.
  • Circulating collection of Boy and Girl Scout handbooks, manuals, and field books. 

Children's World Language

The Library currently maintains a growing collection of world language titles in such languages as Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Nepali, Somali, and Spanish.  The primary intent of this collection is to meet the informational, recreational and lifelong learning needs of the greater Fargo community.  The staff member(s) assigned responsibility for world language materials works closely with local ethnic organizations, community associations and other area libraries in order to keep the collection current and to provide quality service.  Languages may be added to or dropped from the collection as community needs dictate.