Inspiration, Innovation & Information for school libraries and learning.
By Linda F
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“The library is a social place; a place for people, connection and communication, where reflection, discussion, and conversation are promoted and celebrated.”
In this list community is rated second. The social and community role of school libraries is fundamental. If your school library can capture the key principle of community and become a ‘favourite place’ then you will be well on the way to becoming the hub of the school.
Through developing and promoting your library as the place to meet, discuss, create, and play together students, teachers and the wider school community will feel connected to, and at home in their school library.
A great way to start is through making the most of lunchtime. Many New Zealand school libraries are amazing places to visit at lunchtime. rom quiet readers through to lively student led clubs, BYOD, online and board games, art activities, buddy reading and storytelling this is a time of day when your library can make a real impact.
“The library is for the whole school community regardless of background, ability, or access to technology.” The Pedagogy of the Library
A welcoming library, which actively involves and celebrates students and their families, builds a strong sense of belonging. A school library that reflects this sense of community and inclusiveness will also gain continuing support from parents, whanau and the wider community.
How many ways is your library currently connected to your school community? Is there anything you could do to increase these connections?
Promoting and provoking whole school debate about books on your library blog and through events in the library.
Acknowledging the diversity of your school’s community.
Crow, S. R., & Robins, J. (2012). Play in the Library. Teacher Librarian, 39(5), 36-43.
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