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Children’s Literature Evaluation Group (CLEAR) – Kentucky [SWON]
February 14, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Yearly dues $50 -100 (includes books): CLEAR is a group of school and public library staff serving children who meet regularly to review and share information about new children’s books, which are provided by publishers via SWON.
Kenton County Public Library
502 Scott Blvd
Covington, Kentucky 41011
School and Public Library Staff who serve children are welcome to join any of our CLEAR groups. Can’t attend any of our existing groups? Contact us for more information on forming your own CLEAR group.
Who Should Attend:
Collection Development StaffYA LibrariansHigh School Media SpecialistsLibrary Staff who work with teens
Collection Development and ManagementCollections for ChildrenBuilds a collection designed to meet the needs and interests of childrenEstablishes and pursues strategies to stay informed about current and relevant resources to meet children’s evolving needsFacilitates children’s requests for information and provides accurate and appropriate answersConnects children and their families with resources that encourage reading
How it works:
These books are aimed at the target audience of children birth through age 11. At each meeting reviews of the last meeting’s books are shared orally. Members then get to choose books to read and review for the next meeting.
The number of books provided to you is based on the number of reviewers registered for the meeting on our website and the number of books received from the publishers. Reviews are shared with the publishers and are a requirement of participation.
Members get to keep the books that they review. Many of the reviewers add the books to their library’s collection, adding close to $1,000 worth of books to their shelves on a yearly basis. However, members are also welcome to keep the books for themselves, or distribute them in any way they choose.
OLC provides CEUs for CLEAR/ROAYL meetings.
$50 per year for employees of Supporting Member Institutions*
$100 per year for everyone else** * FREE for 1 employee of Supporting Member Institutions with $400,000 or below in total operating revenue. Member schools/school districts receive one free CLEAR or ROYAL membership.
** $50 per year for 1 employee in our Ohio service area with $400,000 or below in total operating revenue. Non-member schools/school districts in our Ohio service area receive one $50 CLEAR or ROYAL membership.
You may join at any time and your dues will cover one full year.
If you are a publisher and would like to be included in our review process, please contact the SWON Libraries office at (513) 751-4422 or email us.