Tuesday marked our first day of the 2020-2021 school year. For a large population of our students, this is the first time they have returned to campus since March (some returned for our Summer Program), and many are eager to see the library, as it only opened a mere few days before we transitioned to virtual. One of the things that has been important to me throughout this experience, is encouraging students to continue to explore books and develop a love of reading for fun. To me, one of the best ways to encourage this love is to allow my students time to just be in the space; looking through the collection and hanging out in our bean bag chairs. This year, for obvious reasons, I’m trying a different approach, and bringing the library to them through “Virtual Learning Commons Visits”. Thanks to Zoom and a device called the Owl,…
I will be honest, initially, I was not excited for ALA Virtual. As much as I love attending conference, Virtual Conferences are not my thing.
I know I had planned on providing an update on our Book Mobile (which is going great!) and our upcoming plans for the Summer, but I think given all that is going on in the world, I wanted to share a moment that made me smile.
By the time this post is published, my school will have started our 4th week of Distance Learning, and like so many of you I am still adjusting.
Why do I love the Library? When I worked in Public Library world, we capitalized on the celebrations around Valentine’s Day and gave our patrons paper hearts to answer a prompt on and hang up. The prompt was always, “I love the Library because….” Lately, I’ve been asking myself, why do I love the Library so much?
Last year, on a whim, I applied for the ALSC Mentoring program. When I applied, I knew in the back of my head that I was considering leaving public librarianship to work in a school. I wanted someone who knew how to transfer the skills from “public library world” to “school world”, while also still being committed to ALSC, ALA and librarianship.
In August, I started a new job as a School Librarian at an innovative private school for urban youth in Trenton, NJ called Christina Seix Academy. I love it! I work with a wonderful team of people and have the privilege of building a library for our community: teachers, parents, and most importantly, students ranging from PreK 3- 8th grade. Our calendar is a little different from your average school, so by the time I started the kids had already been in class for 2 weeks, but everyone has made me feel welcomed, and the excitement that building around the new space is truly palpable.
About a two months ago now, I left my job at the Boston Public Library and moved to Pennsylvania. One of my favorite things to do while working at the BPL- and one of my favorite things about being a librarian, actually- was reader’s advisory. When it comes to Reader’s Advisory (RA), I’m like a Dr. Seuss book. I would do RA with a mouse, in a house, with a goat or on a boat. I am grateful that it is one of those things that has always come naturally to me. It’s also why I always loved purchasing books for my branches, because it allowed me to keep an eye out for books that could appeal to my most voracious, yet picky readers.