During the first week of school, Granite’s elementary media clerks gathered in small groups for professional development sessions held at five different elementary school libraries in the district. In this setting they were able to collaborate with other clerks who work in library spaces of the same or similar design, exploring the spaces to gain ideas for improving organization, flow, displays, and atmosphere. In this post we feature display ideas from these five libraries as they stood ready to welcome back students in the coming days.
Jenny Peirce has been the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist for the last 5 years at Kearns High School. Before that she was an STS and eMints Instructional Coach for 5 years. She started her career at Granite teaching 4th grade at Beehive Elementary.
Her faculty says that they love having her at Kearns. She keeps the school running smoothly and is always willing to help. One teacher made the comment, “Jenny is always so patient even when I ask the same question over and over again. We are so fortunate to have her at Kearns HS.”
Jenny is creative, does monthly promotions and makes sure that students feel welcome and that they have all the new releases. Keep Reading
Once again, author James Patterson has made an exceedingly generous pledge (1.75 million dollars) to support school libraries nationwide. Click here to find out more information and apply for a grant for your school library now. Applications/nominations will be accepted until May 31, 2016.
Applications may be submitted by teachers, librarians, administrators, or parents on behalf of any U.S. school that services students in grades PreK through 12. Applications must be made online by completing and submitting the application form found at: scholastic.com/pattersonpartnership. In all cases, the vetting process will include obtaining approval from the principal of the school to confirm that requested funds will be accepted for the purpose defined in the application. A total of $1.75 million will be available for distribution in awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. The full list of grant recipients will be announced atscholastic.com/pattersonpartnership by the end of 2016. It is anticipated that all entrants will be notified if they’ll be receiving a grant by the end of September 2016.
In addition to facilitating the Patterson Grants, the Scholastic Reading Club site has some good downloadable resources with tips on spreading the word about your school library, enlisting volunteers, building community partnerships, and finding additional funding sources for your library.
For more information on Granite’s OverDrive Digital Library, which is available to all students and staff in Granite School District, please visit our help and resources page at https://www.graniteschools.org/edtech/overdrive.
Brad Butcher is the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist (LMETS) at Evergreen Jr. High School in Millcreek, Utah. Mr. Butcher fills his library with reading promotions, author visits, and other activities created for and by his students. He has an active Student Library Advisory Board (SLAB); you will hear from several of them in this video. Bringing in national and local authors for school visits he has catalyzed an exciting reading culture in his school. He is also an educational technology wizard, helping and training teachers and students throughout the school in technology tools and resources. Mr. Butcher is an incredible asset to his school and to the team of library and technology specialists throughout the district.
Spotlight Creator: Cindy Moyle, District Media Supervisor, Granite School District
Stephanie Hamilton has been the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Bennion Junior High School for the last seven years, where she loves working and interacting with the students. She says that it is the best job in the world because she can share things she loves and still be a kid. Keep Reading
Susan Booth is the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Churchill Junior High School. Keep Reading
Warren Child is the Library Media Educational Technology Specialist at Cyprus High School. His library theme for this year is Find Your Treasure: Read.