Rena Citrin, Library Director
Library For All: Wednesday, April 7
Every week is library week in our school library, but it’s important to note that we are in the midst of the official National Library Week (April 4-10). All libraries are in the unique and honored position to transform lives through education and lifelong learning. The pandemic has underscored how libraries extend far beyond their walls, and how they have been reshaped and guided by patrons’ needs.
We are proud to report that while most school libraries have been closed to students for in-person use this school year, our library has been open since day one in August. Our classes may be on Zoom, but most importantly, students are welcome in the library to browse and borrow books. One-way aisles and hand sanitizer use upon entering have allowed our students to safely access the collection. We created individual library cards for students and a touchless checkout system that students use independently. Returned books are quarantined for three days according to American School Library Association guidelines before being returned to the shelf. We have circulated over 7,000 books to date.
We have also maintained our "Book-a-Librarian" query site that we started last spring. Need book recommendations? Have a reference question or just want to share a book suggestion? Go here.