#CelebrateWithDE – National School Librarian Day & National Library Month

As Hermione does in the Harry Potter series, “When in doubt, go to the library.” Libraries are rich with treasures: books, people, magazines, movies, newspapers, computers, meeting rooms, study carrels, notices, used books. The list goes on and on. School and communities can be strengthened by great libraries and librarians are wonderful guides to a world of possibilities. Celebrate National School Librarian Day and National Library Month by talking about the value of libraries with your students and helping to instill a lifelong habit of library-going.


LEARN: Libraries of All Kinds

Library of Congress
Discovery Education Streaming
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

Follows Dr. John Y. Cole through the halls of the Library of Congress and listens to Dr. Cole provide the history behind it.
 
Free Library
(Canadian Version)
Science Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Image

A photo showing a Little Free Library.
 
Libraries in the Internet Age
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Full Video

Explains how libraries are still helpful in the age of digital information.
 
1923: A Library on Wheels
Social Studies Techbook
Grades 6-8, 9-12, Video Segment

A mobile library brings books to suburban children in Evanston, Illinois in 1923.
 
So You Want to Be…: Librarian
(Canadian Version)
Discovery Education Streaming, Social Studies Techbook
Grades K-2, 3-5, Video Segment

This video segment features a conversation with a real librarian who entertains questions from kids. Give your students a better idea about the profession.


APPLY: Reflecting on Libraries

Now that your students are thinking about all different kinds of libraries, resources, and parts of the job of librarian, have them reflect on their own preferences for libraries, reading, and study. What do they think are the most important aspects of a good library? After reflection, have students talk about what they appreciate about their own school’s library and librarian. Use the SOS strategy Talking Sticks (Canadian Version) to keep the conversation going. When you’re finished, encourage the students to write notes or cards of appreciation to your school librarian or media specialist. You could even invite them to make cards in the style of their favorite book covers!


Interested in joining classrooms around the world to Celebrate holidays year round? Check out our Timely Content Page for our Virtual Viewing Parties and more Instructional Strategies.

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