Today's Hours: 8 Total Hours: 48
Hours remaining: 54
This morning, we began discussed fundraising events. Heather recommends a Barnes and Noble book fair (v. Scholastic or Troll books); she also recommends partnering with the bookstore for author visits for 10% off but charging full price to offset the cost of the visit, art, etc. For their events, they have a cart of books from teachers’ wish list for them to buy for the classroom and folders with students’ wish lists next to it.
Heather showed me her dress for frontier day (her mother’s); we also looked ahead to May 5, which will include a Mylar demo and the first visit from her summer practicum student. We discussed the difference from the school year to summer work, including less research skill instruction and upper level students but many young camps and storytelling opportunities. She showed me when to publish summer reading requirements and resources online and when to preorder books for teachers and students. Last year, she emailed the directors with the announcement on May 23, 2016 for them to then share on their blogs. It took planning for James Phelan’s visit so his books could be ordered. She shared the electronic order form with me. The Usborne representative is coming May 30 to discuss the summer reading program, and I have many of the resources from last year’s program saved.
Heather told me about an Auction party – her contribution was for a winning student to pick their favorite literary detective for a scavenger hunt: the student chose Sherlock Holmes and they did activities such as having a minute to look at an uncovered tray and then write down what they saw, hidden clues, and other brain puzzles around the school.
In the morning, I also set up a parent account, looked at SIRSI policies, discussed the form to request account history (she has used it 3 times for damaged books and a lost CD) or the way to look for an item and see the last user # to find the person.
She also talked about library changes and donations. She is hoping to get another donor for changes such as a new circulation desk, new carpeting, and new computers. We discussed design tips and furniture ideas.
Heather and I collaboratively conducted book talks to three 4th grade classes and I helped students find and check out books; Heather and I also bought, downloaded The Girl Who Drank the Moon, Nora Raleigh Baskin’s Nine, Ten: A September 11 Story, and one other book from our talk to Kindles and Nooks. I checked out and delivered these to the students who wanted to read a book of which we only had 1-2 print copies. I then changed the MARC record for Kindles and Nooks to add the new titles and authors.
From the classes’ book talks, we had three copies of Kelly Milner Halls’ In Search of Sasquatch but only two checked out, so I found those two students’ names, went to their homeroom and found the third person with a copy; I then checked it out to him and brought it back.
After lunch, I set up copies of picture books on nature topics that the 5th grade students could read aloud to K students, which Vicki facilitated that afternoon. I then went to the Covered Bridge with 1st and 4th graders for a hike to celebrate Earth Day. It was a quick and fun field trip to help with, and the students were quiet (with a few reminders) for the ride there and half of the ride back, especially for the train tracks. The students, teachers, and I enjoyed singing “Boom Chicka Boom” for the remainder of the ride back.
When I got back to the library, I re-shelved the picture books on nature topics from the paired reading experience.