School Library News

May 2016

End of Year Reflections

It is hard to believe that the school year is nearly over. This has been a very busy and productive year with many accomplishments to celebrate.


  • All library "innovation centers" implemented makerspaces in their libraries. It was great to see these makerspaces in action throughout the year.
  • To support their makerspaces, many of our iibraries successfully secured money through either PLAN's Innovation Grants or the Escambia Foundation. From the PLAN grants alone, twelve library innovation centers received funding totaling over $28,000.
  • We held the 5th Annual Battle of the Books competition with 400 students in grades 3-12 on May 14 at Booker T. Washington. This was the highest participation we have had; and, the day wouid not have been a success without the help of all the volunteers, coaches, and students! In particular, we are very appreciative of Dolores Underwood's dedication to this competition.
  • As of May 13, the 2015-2016 total circulations for all our school libraries is 1,507,397!

Summer Learning Opportunities

From our membership with PLAN, we have access to Florida Library Training webinars. These might be of interest to you:


  • June 14 (10:00 - 11:30 am) - NEFLIN Makers All Around You = Being Creative in Your Library and Beyond - Webinar
  • June 15 (10:00 - 11:00 am) -SWFLN Getting STEAMy in the Library - The Arts of Steam

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