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Today's Tip for Library Media Specialists
Be playful; don’t take yourself too seriously
Some media specialists host Technology Tuesdays or Tech-therapy Thursdays. They provide just-in-time, 1:1 PD for any teacher who shows up. They are always eager to collaborate and assist with unit planning or teaching. Other media specialists have given “baby showers” for the new books that have arrived in the media center. They served light refreshments, mingled with students, and talked about the new books. “Reserved” lists were handy so students could sign up for the title(s) they wanted to read. Others have held holiday book fairs with local book stores, or hosted the holiday shopping center where students could buy or make gifts for their siblings and parents for only pennies. One sponsors the “Prom Dress Closet” for a couple of days in the spring. Girls recycle their prom dresses and choose a “new” one, moms hang out and help daughters and friends shop, and everyone is happy without spending a penny. No, academics are not the focus here, but no one’s stopping people from using the media center, and parents and teens walk away with lots of good will towards you and your program.
Frances Bryant Bradburn, Program Director, North Carolina New Schools Initiative