Have I mentioned lately that our public library system, the Columbus Metropolitan Library, won Library Journal's 2010 Library of the Year Award? We are SOOOO lucky to have this library system in our community. I imagine we take the library for granted at times and we probably shouldn't!
I have to admit that I don't visit many of the library's branches. I need to make some time to get downtown to the main branch. But our Dublin branch is so good and I always bump into one of the children's librarians there, that it is the one I visit most frequently. The 3 children's librarians at the Dublin Branch have been so supportive of our school and we have done great partner activities over the last few years to build relationships between the students and the librarians there. The 3 are all very familiar faces to our students and at least once a week, some child comes in to tell me that they talked with one of them on a recent visit to the library.
As I move into my third year, I am able to bump things up a bit in terms of student learning. This year, when Loren Scully and I met to set our year plan, one of the goals was to help students be more independent at utilizing the tools at the public branch library and to help them know the resources available. So, this week, Ray, the teen librarian at Dublin, spent time with every 4th and 5th grade class. He spent about 35 minutes with each class, giving them a tour of the CML website and some of the resources they could find there. He demonstrated how to go about reserving a book that they were hoping to read. He also shared some resources available to the community such as CultureGrams. Kids learned how to search available books by favorite authors and more. And, of course, Ray can't leave the school without sharing some great new books with kids. He is so knowledgeable about books for this age group that many kids found new books to add to their "to be read" list. The kids were GLUED to his talk. They seem excited to explore the CML website on their own. I have to spend more time on it myself--there is so much there--really amazing resources.
I know the librarians are hugely busy and we appreciate the time they give to the students at Riverside. Our kids LOVE when they see one of the Dublin librarians whether they are at school or at the Dublin Library. Our students love anything connected with the library because of this.