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So, what you just read stories to kids all day?

So, what you just read stories to kids all day?

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a new parent walked through the library the other day. they came form a district without librarians so he wanted to know what i did all day, it was not a mean or angry question. It was honest and curious... and direct. Our Principal was guiding the tour and he like the answer, though i should share it. so. this post comes with 2 Questions: what do you think and what do you do in your Elementary library? This is where we learn to get our geek on. I have been using this slogan with the kids for the last couple years. The idea is this. We all have something that we “geek out” about, something that we are interested in and want to be an expert on. The library exists to help with that. Schools are put on the earth to help you learn, teachers are put in schools to help you learn the really important stuff, libraries were added later to help you geek out on what you think is cool. • Are you an Animal geek? I have all kinds of stuff on animals, I even have stuffed animals. • Sports Geeks, you are in the right place I got info on players, games, teams and how to’s that will make you a star • Are you a Freak geek? I have monster fact books, how to draw monsters, and monster stories that will scary the geek out of you. • Are you thinking of becoming an electromagnetic geek… for the next two week while you finish your science project. I can help with that too. I have websites, books; I can even hook you up with an old project to get ideas from. The point of the library is to bridge the distance between the need to learn and the desire to learn. That is not just about books. It is not even about media, at the elementary level, it is the fun stuff. Whatever that means to you, if you think chess is fun then the library should be able to find a way to help you pursue that passion. So, over the course of this last year, in my library we have learned about research as we geeked out on animals. That culminated in an evening event with the local zoo and a jungle obstacle course. Then we channeled our inner science geek with awesome science experiments and surefire ways to win the science fair in June. Now we will finish off the year with books your teacher is not going to use in a lesson. For this we are looking at sneak peak websites, checking on funny books that have no academic lessons in them, and finding stories about kids that are tired of school just like us. Through al l of this we are looking at fiction, non-fiction, websites, search engine tools, genres, and checking out books just for fun.

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Linda Locker's picture
Linda Locker
Media specialist for a Grade 5-6 Ohio Middle School

Wow!! I love your style, Brian. Your students will forever be influenced postively about libraries. I think school librarians have the best job in the world. I read an interesting statement about the library being the "heart of the school." Now, due to emphasis on standardized testing, etc., and the stress placed on students and teachers for those tests, the library can be the heart and "soul" of the school. What you just shared, is definitely the "the soul" of your school and how lucky they are to have you!! Learning is fun and your library program is proof of that! Thanks so much for sharing.

Angela's picture
Media Specialist in Philadelphia

Brian, your info was dynamic....Thanks

Bill Powell's picture
Bill Powell
Retired Supt; 33 years in public ed; lives in Colorado mountains w/ family

Newspapers throughout the United States AND the World!!


Just put your mouse on a city anywhere in the world and the newspaper headlines pop up...

Double click and the page gets can read the entire paper on some if you click on the right place. You can spend forever here.

Also, if you look at the European papers, the far left side of Germany will
pop up as The Stars & Stripes (European edition, of course). AND, this site changes every day with the publication of new editions of the paper.
Hope you enjoy this.

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