Fall 2015 Newsletter
Greater Kansas City Association of School Librarians
Welcome to Another Year
The fall meeting took place at Lewis & Clark Elementary in Liberty.
The featured topic was Makerspaces in school libraries.
The evening featured a panel discussion with librarians who have already taken the maker plunge.
GKCASL Fall Meeting 2015
Professional development at the fall meeting included a lively discussion about Makerspaces in school libraries. While these programs may seem overwhelming, they can be simple to initiate. The important thing is to start small, take deep breaths, and not be afraid of a little mess (or a BIG mess).
The winter meeting will be February 23, at Lee's Summit North High School. The theme will be Advocating for Our Profession. If you have any advocacy strategies to share, please contact Abby Cole and Angie Wiegers at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
What's Happening at KC Libraries?
Makerspace Mondays and FabLab Fridays
Summer Reading Programs
Traci Mattis, library media specialist at Prairie View Elementary, also led a successful summer reading program. Traci had 79 students in her K-6 elementary school take the challenge to read 1,500 minutes this summer. Together, these students read 154,670 minutes! Sixty of the students who met their goal were invited to soak their principal, Amy Fennewald, five teachers, and the librarian as a reward while the rest of the school cheered them on. They all had a blast!
Gateway to Reading
Meanwhile, Belton High School students are enjoying the 2015-2016 Gateway nominees. Librarian Elizabeth Ferguson recognizes these readers with book stickers that can be enjoyed in private or displayed across the library windows.
Fort Osage's implementation of one-to-one Chromebooks has enabled Paula to free up space previously used to house computers. With that unused space, they created a lounge for students. Some students use it to read. Some students use it as a more comfortable place to do classwork. And some students use it as just a place to hang out. Paula says, "It has worked out great."
Lauren Tarshis Visit
Honors for Members
Rebecca Marcum Parker
Many GKCASL members enjoyed exploring Angela's Library Media Center and Makerspace at the fall meeting, which she graciously hosted.
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