Well, school's back in full swing for many of us! If I'm being honest, I'm a little jealous of those who are still enjoying summer, but I suppose I'll be glad when we're heading to the house in mid-May (if we have as few snow days as we did last year.) You just never know in Kentucky.
One of my extra duties at school is maintaining the school website. I also maintain a page for the library. I keep my library page updated at least once weekly with a description of what we're doing that week. I think a school library website can be a great advocacy tool, and it can also save you time if you answer frequently asked questions on your site. Let parents know the site is available and use it to communicate with them. Most importantly, keep it updated so they'll keep coming back.
I use my library's website to link to the online catalog, Accelerated Reader rules, AR Home Connect, the AR Book Find website, our TumbleBooks library, our World Book Online subscription, and other links I think my students will find interesting. Last year, we had American Chillers author, Johnathan Rand, speak at our school, so I include a link to his website. My students also love the My Weird School books by Dan Gutman, so I have a link to a website with printable trading cards and other activities for that series. Every year at Christmas, I read Robert Sabuda popups, so I have a link to that site as well. Finally, I include a link to our public library.
I thought it would be a good idea to start posting my weekly lesson descriptions for you to use on your library's website, if you're following my library lesson plans.
Here's what I'll be posting tomorrow:
This week in the library, K-2 students will review desirable and undesirable library behaviors by playing charades. Grades 3-5 will learn how to search the library's catalog using Destiny Quest.
Give it a try! Do you have a school website? How are you using it to communicate with students and parents? Share with us in the comments!
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