"Not Just A Room With Books"
by Sidra Hanson
The word “library” didn’t always mean a lot to me. After all, the word’s literal meaning is a room or building where collections of books and other media are. So if you like to read, you go to the library. If you don’t enjoy reading, you find other places to go. Right?
Wrong. This perception changed when I came to Lakeside. I’d always loved reading. The question of whether to come to the library wasn’t a difficult one. But I was startled by how different the Lakeside libraries were compared to the one back at my old school. The atmosphere was, and is, totally different. It’s welcoming and filled with students chatting with their friends at the many tables, scanning the shelves for books, or working, sometimes frantically, at one of the laptops situated at one end of the room. Posters advertise good reads and the TV screens show funny pictures of events at Lakeside and Lakeside students.
As soon as one walks in the room, it’s clear that a lot of effort goes into what you see, whether it be the warm physical appearance or the programs that go on inside. The librarians work with everybody: students, teachers, and visitors. Students have the ability to show off what they can do in presentations at lunch. All they have to do is ask. Recent presentations have included foreign exchange students, people working the 3D-printer, gamers, and singers. Teachers align some of their projects with events in the library. Guest speakers ranging from student bands to college students sharing their experiences to local professionals come in from time to time to share what they know.
How we connected with a student in South Africa via Skype (for the first time!)
How a student led Breakout EDU professional development for teachers in the school library.
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