Volume 1: Issue 1

Transitioning to a Future Ready Library--Menu of Library Services

This past spring, Parkway's libraries went through the program reevaluation process. The last time this happened was in 2008. A lot has changed since then. Two new frameworks have emerged at the national level that are guiding the work of libraries/librarians in becoming Future Ready. (See the Future Ready Librarians Frameworks and Project Connect Frameworks Below).

These frameworks acknowledge that the role of the librarian is rapidly changing due to changing technologies and access to technology . Due to changes, librarians nationwide are taking a larger role as professional development leaders, facilitators, and curators of resources along with the traditional role of the "keeper of resources." Attached below is a menu of services that incorporates these new frameworks. I am here to help you--to help you ensure that our students are future ready.

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Follett's Project Connect

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#BeFutureReady--Tech Tuesday Digital Learning Lunches--Earn Digital Learning Badges for your Classroom Door :-)

Tuesday, Oct. 10th, 10:45am-12:45pm


Google Apps and Extensions for Teacher/Student Productivity

Have you noticed that Summer Digital Learning Badges have recently appeared on some of your colleagues' door frames? You can earn these too, and by doing so, model for your students that you are a digital learner. On October 10th and all future announced Tech Tuesdays, we will meet at 10:55, 11:40, and 12:30 in the library. Grab your lunch, and come on up. You will receive a personalized badge after attending :-) Participation is voluntary of course, but this is time that I can set aside for development when I have library coverage.

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Banned Books Week - September 24th-30th

Banned Books Week History/Resources

TO DO: Decorate a box/basket to hold your Scholastic Book Fair Wish List items.

Doing this makes it easier for parents to shop for your wish list items. The Book Fair Volunteers will be setting up the morning of October 10th. Give your box/basket to a parent volunteer that morning :-) Make sure your box/basket is clearly labeled with your name, and make sure you put books in it before parent-teacher conferences begin:-)

Wonderful Global Collaboration Opportunity: The GLOBAL READALOUD

Why the Global Readaloud?

Global collaboration shows students that they are part of something bigger than themselves, that the world needs to be protected, and that we need to care for all people. It is through collaboration with those different than ourselves that we develop empathy. Global Collaboration is one of the seven ISTE Student Standards.

2017 Global Readaloud Everything You Need to Know Link

The project was created in 2010 with a simple goal in mind--one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 2,000,000 students having participated.

What is it?

The premise is simple; we pick a book to read aloud to our students during a set 6-week period, and during that time we try to make as many global connections as possible. Each teacher decides how much time they would like to dedicate and how involved they would like to be. Some people choose to connect with just one class, while others go for as many as possible. The scope and depth of the project is up to you. While there are official tools you can use such as Skype, Twitter, WriteAbout or Edmodo, you choose the tools that will make the most sense for you. Teachers get a community of other educators to do a global project with, hopefully inspiring them to continue these connections through the year.

When is it?

Once a year, starting in early October and running through mid-November. Due to the time commitment, this is only a once a year project.

What are the books?

They change every year; to see more about the books, go here.

Science Teachers - Discovery Ed Live Field Trip: Cold Careers - Working with Polar Bears (October 26th: Noon-12:45) #BeFutureReady

These field trips are fabulous and allow students to explore different career fields. We will live stream and live Tweet in the library from 12:00 noon-12:45. 30 students max.

Science teachers, please let Jodie know who will be attending by sending her a list of students.
October 26 | 1PM ET
Ever wondered what it might be like to work with the great white bear? Tune in to learn about some very different jobs that all involve polar bears, and find out what skills you might need (or already have!) to do the same.
Target age: Content tailored to upper elementary through high school students, all ages welcome.