Thrive After Three

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About Me

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Lisa M. Shaia is a children’s librarian. She has been working in the field with children of all ages, from babies to teenagers, since 2005.

Her writing can be found in publications such as Library Sparks, the Collaborative Summer Reading Program Manual, and Connecticut Parent magazine. Her book, After School Clubs for Kids: Thematic Programming to Encourage Reading, is available through the American Library Association. She has received praise for her book:

According to the author, “This book will make your job a lot easier.” It is not self-aggrandizing if it is true and it is. A year’s worth of plans, plus program-publicity blurbs, lists of books to display each month, and the expert guidance of fellow librarians? One almost expects her to throw in a set of steak knives. Highly recommended for all librarians working with youth.— Genevieve Grove Booklist

“This is a valuable book for any librarian working with children in grades K-6, whether in a public library or school media center.  Teachers of these grades will also benefit from ideas on how to integrate lessons on these topics into their classrooms.” Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual 2015

After School Clubs

She developed and taught classes for ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children’s division. Storytime Tools focused on ways to spice up your storytime, and Series Programming for the Elementary School Age instructed you on using series books for successful after school programs. She also created and executed a class for InfoPeople called Afterschool and Out of School Programming.

Her monthly school age programming blog hop, Thrive Thursday, has received praise from the ALSC. Storytime Underground even added it as a badge in their professional development program!

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