It's an often said phrase, " Go to the library to get ..." and yet my students rarely heed that advice. Well, for three consecutive days, my students have had first hand experiences with just how fabulous the local library is. The teen librarian and I teamed up this week to show students how to get a library card, how to access online resources and most importantly how to complete a resume using the public library online resources. Best of all, I mean beyond the resume building activity, was that all of the students walked to the new building and stepped inside and were treated to a visit to the community room -- specially reserved just for them. No one "shushed" them or warned them to be quiet. We had our own space and a live person helping us through every step. Working with a public library colleague is one of those elusive opportunities in the past. I meant to; said I'd get around to it and never did. This year we are committed. We are working together and it is pretty great!
I am so excited that I can barely handle the stress of it. One of my students, a young man who has had his share of real problems, is going to be a tutor/mentor at Le Conte Elementary. He is in my ROP Computer Applications class. He will work as the Principal's Personal Assistant for a whole semester in the office. He is one of the nicest kids that I have met in a long time. He struggles sometimes academically but is well deserving a good break coming his way. Hears to hoping more good things happen to him in the future. With the skills that he will learn as a Mentor and Tutor, he can get a job working at a school in any district. I am happy to have had a small hand in it.
When you need help, ask. When you can't do it alone, get help. Oh yeah, that's right. That is the job of a librarian. We are professional helpers. In the spirit of collaboration, the teen librarian from BPL and I met -- for the first time -- in person. We talked about books, and teens and then hit onto our plan. Collaboration. Not only between her and I but between her library and my staff. It's going to start with a session to get my students a library card. Then a field trip to find resources. Then a research project with one of the Social Studies teachers. Then... who knows? But it's going to work this year!