Iowa School Libraries Make a Difference
Example of great things happening in Iowa school libraries
Teacher librarians heard tales of girls with superpowers, soldiers on Christmas and industrious dung beetles during an event in Iowa City this week. These tales are encased in children's books such as "El Deafo," by CeCe Bell, and "Shooting at the Stars: The Christmas Truce of 1914," by John Hendrix — stories that 18 Iowa City Community School District teacher librarians recommended during Bookapalooza.
For years, the Teacher Librarians in the ICCSD elementary schools have pooled their expertise to identify the best books for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. With each librarian focused on one genre, literary element, or specific collection area, he or she creates a bibliography which is a valuable collection development tool, but also a resource for the local community.
Adel DeSoto Minburn Middle School HS/MS Media Center
Middle Schools, Schools Libraries, Iowa Schools
Chelsea Sims, a teacher-librarian who helped with the Genius Hour pilot program, said students must contact professionals in the community and face potential failures while developing their projects, experiences that promote problem-solving. She said the activity also encourages shy students to work in groups and helps students realize they can contribute to the community. "I'd really like for kids to see that they can make a difference," Sims said.