Friday, February 6, 2015

Library as Hub for Study Groups.....

Depending on the time of day and the block, the library can be what some consider the "traditional library" quiet as a mouse, students heads in a book or their laptop diligently working away. At other times the library is a hub of activity..students coming and going, groups working together on projects, kids relaxing and laughing. While I cherish the quiet time in here as it makes it easier for me to get some of my administrated work done, I love the time in here when the library is jumping with activity. I think my favorite thing to see are the working groups. For example, students who come together to work on their AP Physics, students helping students, working through problems as a unit rather than everyone fending for themselves.

I truly believe we foster an environment where students want to help each other succeed and they see the value in learning from each other. Other times you may see a group of students working on a history project, creating a presentation, throwing out ideas, developing a strategy for presenting. It creates a library that feels lived in and used rather than a relic people walk through to admire but don't stop and stay.

Blog Book of the Week: 
Panic / Lauren Oliver
Lauren Oliver is one of my favorite young adult authors. She penned the very popular Delirium series and her latest Panic, is one of her best! I felt a connection to the main characters, wanted to see them overcome the obstacles set forth for them and come out on top. The story kept me interested from cover to cover and I felt as if this was a story kids and adults would relate to and find a piece of them in each of the main characters. Not one to be missed, Panic is one for everybody!

"In the poor town of Carp, New York, a group of teens enters a high-stakes game that involves a series of secretive, possibly deadly challenges throughout the summer, with the winner receiving more than $50,000--enough money to start a new life"--Provided by publisher.

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