I was fortunate to take over a library program with an established mission and vision. The mission was well developed and described the unique environment of the library program.
The fascinating results from these surveys have not only helped me revise the mission statement but have also made me question how to improve the library and myself. I have taken steps to make the library a more welcoming and utilized space for all. I have sought out more ways to become a leader in my school. If you haven't surveyed stakeholders, I highly recommend it.
Below is the revised mission statement that coincides with our district mission and meets the needs of our school. It is a mission that I really believe I can live by.
"The Johnson Elementary School Library mission is to provide a safe environment where students are driven to become lifelong readers, collaborative learners, digital citizens, and global leaders. Through partnership with the school community, students will engage in innovative learning experiences that foster collaboration, critical thinking, communication, creativity, and curiosity."
Not all students enjoy reading on a device. However, all students should have the opportunity to read both print and digital books. I have noticed that Epic! is popular among all my students from Kindergarten to 5th grade. The platform is super user friendly and many of the books have a read aloud option. The only caveat is that students can only access the program for free while at school. While some parents have purchased a monthly subscription, many have not.
Our library does provide almost 300 eBooks from Follett using the Destiny Discover App. While I have purchased popular books, the app in itself has not been as popular as Epic!. Thus, I began to search for a user friendly platform similar to Epic! that my students could access at home. This search led me to the OverDrive Quickstart K-5 program.
The interface is similar to Epic! and students are provided 200 multi-user titles! The yearly subscription is $499. Students have asked to use the program, so am hopeful that it (along with Destiny Discover) will provide as supplement eBooks platforms.
This is my first staff newsletter! I wanted to share information about books, technology, and library statistics. Next time, I plan on adding a connection to standards.
According to The Pantone Color Institute, the color of the year selected for 2018 is Ultra Violet.
Below is an excerpt from
the New York Times Morning Briefing
for January 9, 2018:
This year the shade is Ultra Violet. “We wanted to pick something that brings hope and an uplifting message,” the institute’s director, Leatrice Eiseman, told The Times.
In Phoenician times, purple dye was made from the mucus of sea snails in the coastal city of Tyre, in what is now Lebanon.
Because the color was difficult and expensive to produce, it became associated with power and royalty, from ancient Rome to the kingdoms of Europe. In the 1500s, Queen Elizabeth I decreed that only members of the royal family could wear the color.
In 1856, a British chemist, William Henry Perkin, made the color more accessible when he accidentally created a purple dye while trying to concoct a treatment for malaria.
More than 160 years later, a color that’s rare in nature is about to have its moment.
For more on the color purple, read on.
How can you use color to affect what you create?