We had our school carnival tonight and the school’s awesome librarian and I manned the bus for a few hours. We checked out about 200 books! This mobile library is a credit to the school district, and kids and adults alike enjoy it.
I spent the day at a prestigious private school in Dallas where I was kindly hosted by the director of library services and got to meet with multiple members of the library staff. Naturally, there were some significant differences between this school and the Title 1 public schools I’ve taught in (!), but, at the end of the day, kids and kids, and books are books! I visited with the elementary librarian and lower school library for a portion of the day, but spent most of my time in the upper school library. I was able to meet with the technical services librarian, middle school librarian, upper school librarian, and elementary librarian. I also observed the students flow throughout the library for the day and see how they used the different areas (the silent study rooms, the collaborative group tables, the meeting rooms, and the study carrells). I loved how the library had these zoned areas with noise expectations clearly set. One of the remarkable things about this library are the historical texts and artifacts out on the shelves for anyone to see (white gloves provided and required!): It was great to see the students trusted with those items. I talked at length with one of the librarians about the importance of research skills and rigorous instruction about plagiarism starting in the early grade levels. All the children who attend this school go on to attend prestigious universities, so going with a strong understanding of research skills and copyright law gets them ahead of the curve.
The students in the coding club are getting to grips with their Ozobots! It took trial and error (which is so important for students to learn and persevere with!), but they are mastering the codes. I love watching how excited they get!
I’m not a Halloween person, so I am happy that my school makes it Book Character Day. Of course, there were a whole gang of us who went as Harry Potter characters! It’s fun to see the kids in their costumes (one of my students came as the golden ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!) and seeing them engage with books this way.