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Winston Library Staff Partner with Teachers, Families

By Emily Zeblo and Jessica Ortolano

Throughout our shift to digital learning, the staff of Winston Library have been providing support and enrichment to Ravenscroft’s Lower School families through the Seesaw app and our social media accounts on Instagram, @winstonlibrary, and on Twitter, @RavenLibrarian. Here are some highlights of our work.

Our main mission during this time has been to bring Lower School colleagues and families the best learning resources and kid-friendly activities that they can access from home. Along with promoting access to our digital learning resources on our homepage, we have obtained more eBook additions. We have also curated a collection of free educational ventures from authors and publishers around the world that were shared with families a couple of weeks ago. 

We have also been running two reading promotional events since virtual learning began. Both have the focus of supporting the love of literacy and reaching out to our Ravens in a fun and exciting platform.

  • “Spring Madness” Reading Bingo: This event began right before we went to virtual learning, but we quickly adapted it to the new environment. Families received our bingo board and were challenged to complete it by the first week of April. We had an overwhelming response, but could only award prizes to six Ravens. Enjoy these student submissions:  #1  and  #2 
  • What Are You Reading Now? This promotion began two weeks ago, with Mrs. Zeblo and Baby Hannah sharing this video with families and students on Seesaw. The challenge to families was to submit, in writing or through video, recommendations or commentary on what books they are reading right now. Since this event started, we have been overwhelmed by the number of responses we have received. We decided to encourage all Ravens to tag us in their social media posts using #RavensReadingAtHome. Here are some student submissions:  #1  and  #2 

Our other focus has been on teaching collaborations with faculty and staff in the Lower School. Currently, we are happy to highlight the process of supporting the very popular Time Machine project for the 2nd-grade team. We met with the team in a virtual PLC and are now supporting this research unit through screencasts which promote the Super3 research process (Plan, Do and Review). Next week students will dive into lessons on note-taking, navigating databases and citing sources. Read more about this exciting project in this story

Our librarians are more important than ever in this time of remote teaching and learning! Read highights of the great work the Keim Center library staff is doing to support seventh-grade teachers and students with their World Geography research projects in this new Hub post written by library intern Anna-Claire Bousquet.