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Children's Literature Evaluation and Review Interest Group (CLEAR)
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CLEAR is a group of professional librarians and educators from the Greater Cincinnati Area who meet regularly to share information about new children's books sent by various publishers that have been read and reviewed by the participants. This group meets in Blue Ash, OH.

10/2/2015
When: 10/2/2015
9:00 AM
Where: SWON Libraries Consortium Meeting Room 1st Floor
10250 Alliance Rd
Blue Ash, Ohio  45242
United States
Contact: Racheal
513-751-4422 x10


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The members are school and public librarians who serve children. 

Competencies Covered By this Meeting Are:

  • Collections for Children
    • Builds a collection designed to meet the needs and interests of children
    • Establishes and pursues strategies to stay informed about current and relevant resources to meet children's evolving needs
    • Facilitates children's requests for information and provides accurate and appropriate answers
    • Connects children and their families with resources that encourage reading
Publishers send copies of their new titles to the Children's Literature Review Interest Group (CLEAR). These books are aimed at the target audience of children from birth through age 11. The group gathers every other month to select books and read reviews. At each meeting reviews from the last set of books are shared with the group. The participating reviewers get to choose books to read and review for the next meeting. The number of books taken is based on the number of reviewers at the meeting and the number of books received from the publishers. The written reviews are sent electronically to the publishers. The participating member gets to keep the books that they review. Most of the reviewers add the books to their library's collection or use the books in their classrooms. Most members will add close to $1000 worth of free books to their libraries each year. Cost: Attendees from Supporting Member libraries pay an annual fee of $50.00. All others pay an annual fee of $100.00. The annual fee is not pro-rated.

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