Graphic Arts Campus Library

February 2015 is an easy-to-use tool that can help you add a multimedia dimension to the books you teach in your classroom. The online database includes thousands of resources about fiction and nonfiction titles used in the K–12 environment, with every resource selected to encourage the integration of multimedia author and book materials into reading activities. is available free for everyone in the NYC DOE: simply login with your Dept. of Ed. email! See Ms. Randorf for more information or assistance.

Campus Book Club: Invitation to join!

All are welcome to join the Campus Book Club, which meets once at month at the Columbus Branch of the New York Public Library. There we join our branch librarian Amber Certain to discuss our latest read. Sometimes we even have snacks!

Our next book is If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson. We will meet at 3:30 in our school library then walk over to the branch together. See Ms. Randorf in the library for a copy of the book!

Explore "Opposing Viewpoints in Context" on March 2, 7:45 am in the Library

Join me on Tuesday March 2nd for a brief overview of Opposing Viewpoints In Context, an online database which covers social issues such as capital punishment, immigration, food safety, and the legalization of marijuana, etc. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. With more that 20,000 pro/con viewpoints, it offers "one-stop shopping" for all your argumentative essay needs! Please r.s.v.p. if you plan to attend.

Black History 24 x 365

"I was made for the library, not the classroom. The classroom was a jail of other people's interests. The library was open, unending, free" (48). Some of our students may relate to this quote from Ta-Nehisi Coates' award-winning memoir Between the World and Me. The trick is to help them find their interests, and instill, a love of reading and learning. Consider assigning inquiry projects on topics that are student-driven rather than selected by the teacher. Let the student be the expert. One teacher had a research unit she called the Passion Project, where students researched and shared a topic of their choice with their peers. Give students a chance to see themselves, their interests, and their culture reflected in their learning.

School Libraries Work!

The new edition of School Libraries Work! 2016 is now available. This research report collects and highlights more than 30 separate national and state research studies pointing to the impact of school libraries and librarians on teaching and learning. These studies have shown that when school librarians are cut, student achievement suffers. This is required reading for any administrator, teacher, or parent who wishes to advocate for their library and equity of access for all children. Download your own copy of the study here.