Today's Member of the Month is Antonio T. Hinton. Antonio works at Holy Family Catholic School in Holly Springs, Missouri. He has been a school librarian for one year.
We asked Antonio some questions about his experience as a school librarian and we would like to share them with you.
What's your favorite thing about your job as a school librarian?
My favorite thing about my job as a school librarian is the fact that I get to collaborate with fellow colleagues, plan meaningful instruction for all students across all content areas and academic levels, as well as each day, which is different from the next.
Name one children's book that you couldn't live without in your library.
I Am Enough by Grace Byers.
Tell us why you decided to join the Elementary Librarian Community. What's your favorite thing about it?
I joined the community because as a first-year librarian, I wanted to be able to pull from resources that directly correlate with my library state standards. My favorite thing about the community is that I can pull from best practices about librarian content.
What's the biggest challenge you're currently facing when it comes to your school library?
My only challenge is convincing students and parents to use our digital library platform to read books. My students and parents are of course used to taking books home and reading them. However, since being in the middle of the Covid pandemic, students are not taking books home as per my state's mandate.
If you could give one piece of advice to a brand new school librarian (or someone considering becoming a school librarian), what would it be?
My advice would be to slow down, take a breath and relax. What you forget or mess up that day, there will always be tomorrow to get it right!