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Showing posts with label school librarians. Show all posts
Showing posts with label school librarians. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Partnership Inspiration

A few weeks ago State Superintendent Tony Evers awarded the Standing Up for Rural Wisconsin Schools, Libraries and Communities Award to the St. Croix Falls Elementary School Library and the St. Croix Falls Public Library.  How cool is that?!  Read on for inspiration:   

St. Croix Falls Elementary School Librarian Rita Platt and St. Croix Falls Public Library Youth Librarian Cole Zrostlik work together as One Community — Two Libraries to plan and promote shared family and literacy programs. Joint activities have included “Pajama After-Hours” nights where teachers and librarians read with children and families. A “Parent Academy” teaches good reading habits and helps participants sign up for public library cards at school. The public library supports the school by leveling books according to school methods and promoting school services on its website, and the school teaches students to use the MORE online catalog, promotes public library programming, and works with children to use public library resources. Both summer reading programs support reading goals of having over 100 children reading for over 1,000 minutes each. A parent of four school-age children noted the community benefit of One Community—Two Libraries. “Our St. Croix Falls children are reading better than ever, thanks in part, to the wonderful partnership between the school and public libraries.”

“The schools, libraries, and communities receiving rural awards represent the best of what Wisconsin has to offer,” said State Superintendent Tony Evers. “The award recipients support and strengthen community relationships that help keep rural Wisconsin not just surviving, but thriving into the future. Across Wisconsin, people look to their schools and libraries with pride,” Evers added. “More than half of the state’s school districts have 1,000 students or less and those districts face unique challenges but also offer unique opportunities. These awards recognize the partnerships that advance opportunities for students in rural districts.”
Rita and Cole at the capitol with their award

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Pssst...Pass it on!

If you work with teachers or school librarians who are in easy driving distance to Eau Claire, please pass on this information to them--they will be happy to know about it. Thanks to Jill at the library in Eau Claire for tipping us off!

Did you know that the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library has a diecut machine
and over 200 dies for you to use? Just bring your own paper any time the
library is open, and you can cut letters and shapes and make a bulletin board in
just minutes!

Need a jump start on bulletin board ideas? Please join us for Project Night on Thursday, August 19th at 6:30 pm. We will have many examples of bulletin boards to inspire you, and will provide materials for several sample projects. But the sky’s the limit! Bring additional materials and you could complete all the displays you need for your classroom in one night! Registration is required as space is limited for this event.

To register, please call 715-839-5007, email us at ysstaff@eauclaire.lib.wi.us, or
stop by the Youth Services Desk at the Public Library.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Upcoming Idea Swaps

Mark your calendars now for the always inspiring and interesting, frequently hilarious, and usually tasty
Youth Services Idea Swap Breakfasts

Fri., 8/20/10, 8:30-10:00 Prescott Public Library Topic: Highs and Lows of the Past Year

Wed., 9/15/10, 8:30-10:00 Hawkins Public Library Topic: Highs and Lows of the Past Year

Fri., 11/12/10, 8:30-10:00 Barron Public Library Topic: Working with Parents and Caregivers

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend!! You bring ideas to discuss, a question or concern to address with the group, and something you are doing that you are proud of. The host library and IFLS will provide refreshments.

If you have questions or you would like to host the idea swap in 2011, please contact Leah at

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Power to School Librarians!

Budget cuts in school districts lead to some bad situations for school libraries--and the students and teachers who use them. This amazing letter by a first grader in Bloomington, Indiana was published in The Herald Times on April 6, and reprinted in a post to CCBC-Net:
Dear the government,

I don't like that you're firing our school librarians. I am a first-grader at Childs school, and I think that Ms. Williams is a great librarian. She reads wonderful stories, and her voice goes up when it is supposed to and down when it is supposed to.

She helps me find books and makes me interested in reading and makes books exciting for me. Ms. Williams makes us feel special. She knows each kid's name.

Childs school will never be the same without Ms. Williams in the library. Why are you firing our school librarians?

Anna W.