How can librarians help children to get familiar with all parts of a library collection? Or help them develop their book selection skills? Here is where displays are important. Choosing a book for a young reader is a skill in itself and not an easy task. If the books are displayed according to a theme then children get to know different genres of books and are able to identify their preferences in reading.
After attending a library educator’s course, the author realized that despite working for 10 years in the education sector in various roles, she had never understood the true meaning of a children’s library. It is now her mission to establish libraries for children, strengthen existing libraries and make them more accessible, and introduce more schools to the benefits of libraries.
How can a school library be more welcoming of its participants/readers? Is there a way that a school librarian/teacher can be more effective in her engagements with children? For instance, teaching-learning tools can make a big difference in library sessions. Using story-telling methods that resonate with children can bring about a deeper understanding of the books. A teacher-librarian reflects on her journey.
A literary text can open up whole new vistas for children in a language classroom because it gives them a chance to engage with ideas of inequality, emotions, gender, justice, integrity or even friendship without any sense of discomfort. In this article, the author explains how one such literary text, Dear Mrs. Naidu, helped her students reflect on various dense subjects.
A project idea by a course participant led this library educator on a path of self-realization, acknowledgement and acceptance of the fact that by being only a passive observer and not engaging with social problems like casteism, she is actually a part of the problem and that she has to actively work toward finding solutions to such problems.
Extending relational scholar Emily Style’s concept of the school curriculum as windows and mirrors to the library, this librarian shares her experience and challenges of putting together a book collection that she hopes will serve as mirrors to enable readers to see themselves and their reality and as windows to help them see the same of others.
What makes a person pick up one book from many? Browsing for a book is an act that bridges the space between the book and the reader. And what about book displays? Do they connect with the reader or a browser who is looking for something unique? Read through this article by a library educator who loves going back to the community.
Proma Basu Roy
The author recounts her journey of starting a small book corner in a school which did not have a library at all to establishing a full scale library for the entire school and a library period for each class once a week which has been integrated into the school timetable. The wheel had come full circle. Read on to know how this magical experience came about.
G Veena Rao
Of all the different kinds of books there are, picture books are the most underrated. Picture books can impart a wealth of knowledge and can be read by anybody at any age. As the author worked with first generation learners with picture books, their high utility value became even more clear to her. Her desire now is to start a picture book library and make these books easily accessible.
Here is an interesting account of how an attempt was made to reopen the school library, despite the pandemic, in order to give children an opportunity to move out of their homes, meet their peers, make small but important choices for themselves – giving them a sense of autonomy and freedom. The idea was to reconnect with students, building a bridge between the school and the online learning space.