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School Libraries

Bookshelves and study carrels? Digital learning commons? Or something in between? Discover how educators are using and reimagining their school libraries.

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  • A Fun Way to Engage Students’ Minds and Bodies With Books

    StoryWalks encourage collaboration and reflection, and transform the often sedentary act of reading into a dynamic, interactive activity.
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  • Building a 21st-Century Learning Space

    A community raised $6 million to construct an innovative 30,000-square-foot facility complete with makerspaces and learning labs.
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  • A School-Wide Focus on Choice Reading

    When the staff at an elementary school made fostering a love of reading a priority, they used these strategies to meet their goal.
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  • Schoolwide Strategies for Promoting a Love of Reading

    A literacy consultant explains how schools can encourage all students to share the joy of reading.
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  • A Simple Way to Encourage Students to Read More Broadly

    When students experiment with ways of classifying books beyond reading levels, they may feel liberated from strict ideas about what they should be reading.
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  • 3 Key Roles of School Librarians

    While no one can take the place of school librarians, teachers can support students’ literacy skills by understanding librarians’ roles.
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  • Grace Lin on Giving Young Readers a ‘Sense of Home’

    The award-winning children’s book author on stories that are like friends you can turn to—and the importance of featuring characters who “share a common thread of humanity.” 
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  • 10 Ways to Cultivate a Love of Reading in Students

    Suggestions for how teachers in all subjects can guide students to learn to love reading, and how parents and administrators can help.
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  • Collaborating With Your School Librarian

    Ten ways to work with your highly trained colleagues in the library to enhance literacy instruction.
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  • 21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

    Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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  • Keeping Story Time Alive in the Pandemic

    Story time is a powerful tool for helping preschool and elementary kids and their families feel connected during distance learning.
    818
  • Supporting Choice Reading for Students in Distance Learning

    Teachers can use remote reading conferences and online library explorations to ensure that students continue to build literacy skills.
    831
  • Helping Preschoolers to See Themselves and Others in Literature

    An author studies program focused on Black, Indigenous, and authors of color helps students to both see themselves and learn about different cultures, traditions, and families.
    644
  • A Digital Library Spawns More Reading

    At a high school in Florida, ebooks transformed student reading habits—and improved proficiency across a wide range of students.
    568
  • Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

    Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her enthusiasm for reading with five tried-and-true suggestions for developing a lifelong book habit in young readers who may or may not have discovered the magic of the printed page.
    1.7k

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