In my opinion, books are the best accessory.
Enjoyed attending the first ALESS, Association of Librarians in English Speaking Schools in Hong Kong, meeting of the year. I really appreciate networking and hearing different people’s perspectives about the teacher librarian profession. Traveled over an hour to Shatin College, nice area, good to see a library for middle school/high school students that was recently remodeled. Enjoyed having various conversations with teacher librarians from around Hong Kong. Interesting discussions occurred including what topics we might have as a focus for our future meetings and authors that might be organized to visit Hong Kong schools this year… Quite exciting.
I’ve been slowly progressing through a project to identify what categories all of our new picture books and non-fiction books fit with for PYP Profiles, Attitudes, and Units of Inquiry. We try to categorize every book added in the library for ease of use for ourselves, staff, and students. Personally, I appreciate smooth searching for books in the future. It certainly takes a while to identify the books and which Unit of Inquiry the book was purchased for and additionally what other units it might fit with. I do love being quite familiar with every book entering the library collection! After my wonderful, patient assistant updates our library catalogue records with these categories, we will leave the notes on the books for teachers to browse at our fall book breakfast for staff. My school’s PYP Coordinator had the wonderful idea to sort the books based on the themes of the Units of Inquiry so that teachers can see how different year levels will interact and use the books in addition to just having the books sorted by Dewey category, etc. Thrilled to try this as well for our book breakfast! That isn’t occurring for a few weeks, thank goodness, since inputting records will take quite a while! I promoted new fiction books with my Year 3-6 students this week and had almost every single new book borrowed off the shelves. I even had to go find a few books to promote from the regular collection because I ran out of new books so quick. So I mixed the “I can’t believe this book was sitting on the shelf, this must be borrowed, here’s why, who thinks they could try the book out?” and the “new book” promotions together.
Happy reading and adventures your way everyone!
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