Have you ever wondered, why on earth does our school have a librarian? Or, more specifically, what can she/he do for me?
Well, wonder no longer … here’s a short and incomplete list of what I, your very own personal Skinner Librarian, can do to help you AND your students throughout the school year!! # 1 – Research Ready to begin a new project or unit? Need to locate resources to make that learning happen? Don’t have the time to get too in-depth as you have tons of other stuff on your plate? Contact me!! I can locate resources! Pull books! Create links! Format an original database! Build a mini-web page specifically for your unit! Make a user video showing students how to use a resource! Locate resources (such as checked-out museum boxes) from other organizations! Find contact names of authors, businesses, guest speakers! # 2 – Book Talks I am ADDICTED to the written word! No, really! I’ve been known to read the back of ketchup bottles at the dinner table just to keep reading! AND, I can book talk with the best of them! Whether it’s in person giving short blurbs about books … creating a virtual smorgasbord of books flying across the screen as part of a mini-book movie … dressing up as a book character to help bring the book ALIVE (yes, I know … weird, but I’ve dressed up as Tom Sawyer, Beowulf, The Old Lady in a Shoe, Juliet – a WAY older version, ha! -, and more). # 3 – Teach OR Co-Teach I would LOVE to teach your class OR co-teach with each and every one of you! I can even simply be a support in your classroom, the library, or the computer lab to assist with differentiation of lessons.
In the past I have taught/co-taught lessons on how to research; how to make effective PowerPoints; the difference between primary and secondary sources; how to locate and/or analyze secondary sources; how to give speeches; writing up science lab reports; how to avoid plagiarism; creating documentaries on history related subjects; creating movies with online programs; finding public domain photos and music to incorporate into presentations; how to take notes from lectures and books; the writing process; how to utilize various technology tools such as interactive timelines, Prezi, animoto, Voki; anticipatory sets for upcoming books and units of study; ; and more! # 4 – Create, Support, and Execute Enrichment Ideas and Activities Based On YOUR Ideas Last year the Skinner Library began hosting Skinner BEYOND Days, days where students were invited to spend an hour 1/2 after school participating in various themed events. Our events included Shakespeare Day (students celebrated the Bard's birthday by quoting Shakespeare, play sword fighting, participating in a quick-action trivia game; and creating Shakespeare themed items); Steampunk (we had a tea-dueling event and fashioned some steampunk jewelry); Harry Potter Days (oh, those spells we cast); Sherlock Holmes/CSI Day (you can't get away with swiping the library troll, Mr. Waldon!) and MORE!!
We have six (6) Skinner BEYOND Days scheduled for this year! If you have an idea or content based theme you'd like us to focus on, let me know and I'll make it happen!! # 5 - Am up for just about ANYTHING!!! PLEASE contact me at ANY TIME when you have an idea you'd like to run by me! If I'm not able to offer assistance, I'll be sure to locate someone who can!! Image: “I think it's only fair to warn you.” Eckhart Public Library, 4ADAD, www.epl.lib.in.us/pop-culture-librarian-flynn-carson/. Accessed 17 Aug. 2017.