Library Media Specialists

of West Orange Public Schools

Presented to the West Orange Board of Education January 7, 2021

Presented at the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative Annual Conference March 9, 2021

Presented at NJASL Fall Conference, 2021

West Orange Schools' Logos

Introduction by Nancy Mullin

Supervisor of Career Education & Library Science

Beverly Tindall

Library Media Specialist, WOHS

Julie Matz

Library Media Specialist, WOHS

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The Cs of the LMC

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Schools may be closed, but the LMCs are open 24/7!

Here is your open invitation to visit our district's Library Media Center webpages by clicking on their images. Once there, take your time looking around. You will discover many current ebooks & audiobooks, videos featuring authors & illustrators, and digital resources for research. Don't miss real links to virtual adventures, such as field trips, book displays, games, activities, and ways to stay in touch.

The sites are created and maintained by the school librarians. The sites are as unique as each school's character and the community they serve.

We are so glad you found your way to our libraries, the heart of our schools.

Our LMC Websites are CONDUITS

Connecting us to our Communities


Our LMC Newsletters Open Lines of COMMUNICATION

Librarians publish newsletters designed to reach all members of their school community -- students, faculty, and families. Just like the websites, newsletters are produced digitally and as such, can take full advantage of presenting content in multi-media formats.

You may find yourself tapping your toes to lively music, grabbing a piece of paper to make an origami star, chuckling at a joke, or filling out an online form to get a West Orange Public Library Card.

West Orange High School

We are CHANGE AGENTS for Remote Learning!

Using Jamboard for Assessment and Social Emotional Check Ins

*Tried and True Jamboard Tip

Change up the backgrounds by uploading your own images for interest and subject alignment!

Bedazzle someone with the "reveal text" strategy!

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Jamboard: Pick an emoji or image that says YOU...
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Jamboard: What forms of Social Media do you use? Tell us your ScreenTime...
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Jamboard: What was your favorite book series?...
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Jamboard: Upload a sample of your sketchnoting work...
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Jamboard: Reveal topics...
Fall Book Display Edison 2020
"Real" book display created by Sara Dowd, Library Intern and Gregory Kindergarten teacher, in collaboration with Edison's LMS and Sara's former mentor, Sandy Bochese.

Virtual Displays

*Tried and True Tip for Bitmoji Design

Upload your images to to remove the backgrounds of your images. This way you can layer your displays easily!

*Tried and True Video Tip:

Upload your Youtube videos to Video.Link to clean them up!
Banned Book Week at WOHS LMC
Virtual Coding Lab at Washington Elementary
Celebrating Veteran's Day at Mt. Pleasant Elementary
Transgender Awareness Week Virtual Book Display at WOHS LMC
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Social Emotional Learning Fiction & Non-Fiction Titles Available at Edison MS
Celebrating Winter Holidays Around the World at Gregory Elementary

In our Virtual LMCs we have Book Fairs

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We COLLABORATE! - Lesson Design & Delivery

Library lessons have the tall task of introducing and fine-tuning 21st Century Skills, creating lifelong learners and lovers of literature, as well as building strong relationships with each student.

Virtual lessons reflect everything we do on-site: provide time for social interaction using the chat, breakout rooms, and interactive games like, creating collaborative stories, and sharing “something good” at the start of every class.

District librarians always look to collaborate with teachers and departments when designing and delivering lessons.

Students at St. Cloud Decorate LMC Google Classrooms!

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"My first project this year was to invite students to "make their mark" for International Dot Day, September 15th. After reading Peter Reynold's book, "The Dot", I asked every student to create a digital dot in google slides and then I used the dots to decorate the Google Classroom headers for each grade. In that way, the students had the chance to decorate their classrooms. I was really impressed with their creations. Even kinders made digital dots!

Kim Pallant, St. Cloud Elementary

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*Welcoming Kindergartners to Washington School Library!

Synchronous & Asynchronous Learning at Kelly

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Virtual Field Trip for Hazel Third Graders

"When we started remote learning in March, I participated in a webinar where Capstone presented how shared how students could their Pebble-Go online database research facts about the animals they will visit virtually at the San Diego Zoo. I was so excited to offer this online learning experience to Hazel's third graders. After adding in some cartographic skills to the lesson, we were off on a virtual airplane ride from Newark International Airport to San Diego International Airport. We explored some of the links as a class and the students were provided the slides to select one animal to explore on their own.

This field trip was a success and as a result, I created a virtual field trip to The Great Wall of China for one of our second-grade classes."

Joyce Soto, LMS

Hazel Elementary

Indigenous People's Week Literature Exploration for Redwood's 3rd, 4th & 5th graders

"Many different people from many parts of the United States comprise the group of people called Native American. The lore is rich and diverse; some tales are humorous, others are serious. Some stories are about people who lived — or might have lived — long ago; others are about real children who you may know as a friend or neighbor today. Meet them all between the pages of the books recommended here."

Lori Boyd, LMS

Redwood Elementary

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In conjunction with Black History Month, and the national NCTE African American Read-In campaign, West Orange High School over 450 students and staff from various English and Choral Music classes came together in the virtual library media center, on February 17 and 18th, to amplify black voices. The national Read-In was established in 1990, by the Black Caucus of the National Council of Teachers of English, to make literacy a significant part of Black History Month.

Celebrating diversity and promoting literacy, the students read, recited, performed works by Black authors, poets, playwrights, and musicians at the fourth annual WOHS LMC event. Participants in each block listened to their peers read both classic and modern pieces by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Amanda Gordon, Phyllis Wheatley, Trevor Noah, Jason Reynolds, just to name a few literary artists. Audience members were treated to individual musical performances by students and staff, videos of the WOHS Glee Choir and Concert Choir, and original student works as well.

LMC Orientations for Incoming Students

"You will find Bitmoji slides with interactive links to youtube videos of authors reading books, videos of actors creating audiobooks, Screencastify tours of webpages, and links to all ebook resources, including an original SORA video."

Sandy Bochese, LMS

Edison Middle School

Touring the Edison LMC & its resources through Google Slides & Xander
LMS students tour the LMC through the use of a Google Site and the help of Charlotte & Rosie
Roosevelt students take a Virtual Scavenger Hunt using Google Forms to explore the LMC
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Freshmen participate in a Google Slide virtual introduction to all things digital at WOHS
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Digital Literacy Lesson

Always looking for new ways to present lessons, Liberty's Lisa Touzeau used Book Creator to present how to determine what is real and what is not on the web.
Using Friendly Bitmoji Classrooms to Welcome Preschoolers to WOHS
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Classic and Seasonal Lesson Offerings at West Orange High School implementing Canva.
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Updating the menu for the seasons!

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We Celebrate Diversity

Windows, Sliding Doors, and Mirrors

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created or recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection, we can see our own lives and experiences as part of a larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”

Rudine Sims Bishop

Rudine Sims Bishop, professor emerita of education at The Ohio State University, has been called the “mother of multicultural literature”. She was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame and received the International Reading Association’s Arbuthnot Award. In 2017, she received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Read Across America 2021
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Redwood celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Marking Transgender Awareness Week at WOHS 's Virtual LMC
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Black Lives Matter Resources curated and shared District-wide
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Read-In Student Reflection on Jamboard

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We CULTIVATE Literacy and Lifelong Learners

It all starts here . . .
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Students can apply for a West Orange Public Library Card ONLINE!
Sandy Bochese, Edison's LMS, writes, films, and produces a video tutorial for students and staff so they can access ebooks and audiobooks on SORA, an online reading application.
West Orange Schools SoraApp Directions
Bev Tindall, LMS at WOHS, writes, designs, and publishes an ebook tutorial implementing Book Creator for students and staff so they can access audiobooks utilizing MackinVIA, an online reading platform.
Where there is a will, there is a way! WOHS students and staff have the opportunity to "order" books for curb-side pick-up before Winter Break and into the New Year.
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March Madness @WOHSLMC!

Students vote by Google Form to determine each week's winners.

*Tried and True Google Tip:

Change your URL address ending from "edit" to "copy." This forces the recipient to make a copy of your document, slide show or form...

Students and Staff learn how to use new technology tools

"Students would normally learn to navigate these sites by watching me model how to do so in class. This is my virtual version of modeling, which also assists students who miss class or need a refresher."

Jenna Bleeke, Mt. Pleasant Elementary

"This site has been created to house video and slide tutorials on different aspects of systems provided by our district to assist you in educating our students via distance learning (or even in the regular classroom!). If you don't see something that you need, please scroll to the bottom and fill out the form to inform me of what would be helpful to you."

Meara Franowicz, LMS, Roosevelt Middle School

We keep up with the latest in tech tools! Take a look at Book Creator newly added templates!

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We CURATE Resources

Career and College Readiness

Historical Election Resources- Peaceful Transition of Power Wakelet - Thanks to Social Studies Supervisor, Michael Figueiredo and Lisa Touzeau

WOHS LMC Online Resources Appealing to Different Learning Styles Implementing Symbaloo

CREATIVITY is Alive & Well in Our Makerspaces!

Kelly Elementary "Makers" have virtual access to real projects
"Take and Make Projects" for Roosevelt Middle School "Makers"

3D Printing & Design for K - 12 in every LMC

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Cameras -- In front and behind!

Goodnight Lab

Lights, Camera, Action!

West Orange LMC 42020 What are you reading?
WO LMC Pets Get Caught Reading
WO Librarians Spell it Out!
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"Cs of the LMC" graphic created by Bev Tindall 12.2020

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West Orange District Elementary School Library Media Specialists

Christina Binns, Gregory Avenue School,

Jenna Bleeke, Mt. Pleasant Avenue School,

Lori Boyd, Redwood Elementary School,

Emily DebaunOrr, Kelly Elementary School,

Marissa Mitterman, Washington Elementary School,

Kimberly Pallant, St. Cloud Elementary School,

Joyce Soto, Hazel Avenue Elementary School,

West Orange District Middle School Library Media Specialists

Sandy Bochese, Edison Central Six,

Meara Franowicz, Roosevelt Middle School,

Lisa Touzeau, Liberty Middle School,

West Orange District High School Library Media Specialists

Julie Matz, West Orange High School,

Beverly Tindall, West Orange High School,

Supervisor of Career Education and Library Science

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