Diana is starting a new adventure! She is challenging herself by changing schools, grade levels, starting on her PHD and being KISD's Library Lead.
As for me, I am enjoying growing where I am at. Diana & I are still presenting at variety of conferences.
This school year, we are still focusing on reading initiatives & STEAM activities. I will be adding a before school STEAM Challenge once a week. We will fully roll out the STEAM Backpack circulation. In addition, we will be looking into continuing & add several new items to focus on creating a buzz about reading.
Here is our Reading Initiative items:
*New this school year
Events: Dr. Seuss Week; Book Fairs; March Book Madness; Book Character Parade
*Book Trailers: (play as class enter library for their lesson)
Staff Emoji Poster: Elementary picture book/novel
Summer Reading Book Bags
*Bins in Everybody Section: Library
*30 second teacher challenge: Book Talk
Battle of the Books
*Some hall lockers: Book Spines
*Free Book Table: Library
*Principal’s/Staff’s recommendation shelf: Library
*Book Drawing: for a free book (Free Book Friday)
Destiny book Reviews
Incognito Readers Club
Books and technology are both important in a Library. Finding the balance is always hard. The Library is a place of "AWE" & "WONDER"! We are always trying to create a space our students can explore, discover & find something to engage their mind.
Diana went to a presentation at Service Center XI Lib2Tell Conference 2018 and brought this idea back. A special thank you to our Follett Rep. Naomi Bates for arranging for the bags for our students to place their summer books in. In two weeks, we will have 150+ students fill their bags with books. Some books they can add to their home libraries and others will be checked out from our library collection.
Why do we let our library books just sit on our shelves all summer break?
We know research shows that students need to read over summer break or their reading ability will decline. So why not let the books get checked out by students over the summer. We are calling the program "Beat the Heat" READ. Below are images of the flyers and bag tag we are using. I will post a follow up blog in September to let you know how it went.
Diana Colby @DianaColby Mother of eight. Library/Media Technology Specialist, one busy momma. "Live as if you were to die tomorrow, Learn as if you will live forever." Gandhi