In keeping with the new AASL Standards, I see the role of the librarian as being an educator who teaches students to think, create, share, and grow. My goal is to create a community of readers and creators.
I am currently the librarian at Dyer Elementary School in South Portland, ME. In the 2015-16 school year we launched our new maker space attached to and part of the Learning Commons. Follow our journey on our blog.
You can listen to me as part of a panel on the maker movement in Maine which aired on Maine Public Radio’s Maine Calling in December of 2017.
Making and literacy can go hand and hand. Children’s books offer rich environments to inspire creativity and problem solving in students. Some of the work I’ve done around connecting making with literacy includes:
- Make Literacy lessons, and what I’ve learned along the way, are chronicled on my blog.
- A list of books for making.
- Some of my lessons, organized by topic.
The Library as Learning Commons:
Adding maker spaces to school libraries helps to support the vision of the school library as a learning commons. It is a dynamic, flexible place where information is not only retrieved, but created, curated, shared, and evaluated.
Some of my favorite projects and programs I’ve done as a librarian include:
- Library Coffee Houses showcasing student performers (High School Level)
- Student Writing Club
- Book Clubs
- Student Library Aides
- High School Summer Reading program
- All-School Read of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle in which students and faculty collaborated to create interest-based discussions.
- Class Projects:
- NewberyPedia: Two sections of 5th graders completed this project. They were paired across sections, and together they needed to complete a wikispace page for the Newbery Medal or Honor book they had read. Students used critical reading skills to evaluate the books according to the Newbery criteria, and also gained technolgy and collaborative skills.
- Non-required Summer Reading: Each sixth grader chose a book to add to the summer reading list. They wrote a brief description meant to entice their middle school peers to read the book, and typed it into a shared GoogleDoc.