Did you know that April is School Library Month? The American Association of School Librarians takes this month to celebrate school librarians and their programming. The theme this year is “Because School Libraries Empower Students”.
In order to help spread the message of the amazingness of school librarians I reached out and did some interviewing for the Learning in the Library Blog. I reached out to Teresa Tartaglione at Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus in Manhattan. She is the campus librarian for six different high schools. She has been having fun conversations with students about fake news and news bias. One of the things that I don’t think a lot of people know about school librarians in New York is that they need to have a teaching license as well as their Masters in Library Science.
I also spoke with Marla Greenwald, the librarian at Cypress Hills Community School, a public dual-language school in East New York. Her library has a bearded dragon that the students insist listens during read-a-loud time.
It was so wonderful to see the excitement that they both have for their jobs, as well as all the ways they are engaged with the students and teachers. It was great to learn how school librarians are making sure that students know the library is more than just a place for books.
School Library Journal is a great place to learn more about what is going on in school libraries across the country, as well as with children’s and YA programming at public libraries. I enjoyed this article about how librarian Anita Cellucci introduced Social Emotional Learning into the high school library she works at.