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Best Practices and New Opportunities as We Move Forward
(Please note that as current information becomes available this page will be updated – 07.24.2020.)
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The use of the library has evolved over the last several years and has moved from a place where children borrowed books to a research center. With the need for cohorting and social distancing. There are many safe alternatives to delivering the same academic support provided by a traditional library class.
Library resources continue to be an integral part of the academic program.
- Hold library in the homeroom when appropriate— lessons about research, the different types of literature and much of the curriculum can be delivered in the classroom.
- Activities such as the introduction of authors, genres and the read aloud of books can be conducted in the classroom.
- There are many possibilities to exchange books, but a media specialist, could make a number of selections for students and deliver them to the room so children can “take out” a book for the week.
- Returned books can be isolated for 72 hours before being returned to circulation.
- The selection of books can be made based on a child’s interest, based on themes in the curriculum, or based on a recommendation from the teacher or the librarian.
- If a class must visit the library, it should be done one cohort at a time. Areas used should be cleaned between cohort visits.
- Much of the research that students do can be done electronically without entering the library.
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