by Jackie Valley, courtesy of The Nevada Independent
Gone are the days of libraries being silent zones, used for studying or reading only.
Enter the Bob Miller Middle School (NV) library, and you’ll find students working together on projects and teachers giving instructions aloud. Reading, researching and innovating intersect in this modern environment surrounded by books and technology. The blended learning space recently served as ground zero for a sixth-grade project in which students created advocacy videos about water...READ MORE
by Cassie L. Smith, courtesy of Waco Tribune-Herald
Flowers in the Hewitt Public Library (TX) courtyard do more than catch the eye. They help with brain development, bring joy and promote a universal language.
Each petal of the four metal flowers sounds a different tone when struck with the attached baton. Someone standing in front of a flower could easily create a song, Library Director Waynette Ditto said.
by Alison Marcotte, courtesy of American Libraries
New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds has been writing poetry since he was 8 years old. He fell in love with the art form when he first started reading hip-hop lyrics and liner notes, and he moved toward novels after reading Richard Wright’s Black Boy at 17. Reynolds has written several YA and middle-grade novels that have earned the Newbery Honor, NAACP Image Award, and Coretta Scott King Author Honors, among others. He’s also the 2018 spokesperson for the American Association of School Librarians’ School Library Month. American Libraries...READ MORE
by Steve Zalusky
Druid Hills Middle School in Atlanta (GA) serves 930 students and is a Title I school with many students eligible for free and reduced lunch. During 2017, there were 148 students at the school who were classified as English language learners or were being monitored by ESOL teachers. There are 23 different languages spoken by students at DHMS.
How does one merge all of these students from such differing backgrounds into a cohesive whole? School librarian Marcia Kochel is the answer.
Jennifer Green, her nominator for a 2017 I Love My Librarian Award, said, “Mrs. Kochel is incredibly hardworking, committed to excellence, passionate about literacy, and a believer in her students. Even with limited resources, she...READ MORE