West Seneca school libraries have been open for business since day one of this school year. In fact, many district librarians began offering services even before school started, helping teachers and staff navigate this brave new world of online learning.
One-on-one and group sessions introducing Google Apps for Education were offered, as well as assistance with Chromebook pickup and logins for parents and students. Librarians are often on the front lines with tech assistance and integration.
Working hard to bring the library to students and staff, district librarians are collaborating with teachers to blend the library into Google classrooms to ensure all students and staff have access to all of the libraries’ services.
Orientations, read a-louds, book selections, clubs, and simple and complex research projects are all taking place as regularly as before.
In addition to the array of digital resources – eBooks, audiobooks, databases – all school libraries are regularly offering curbside pickup and drop-off of physical materials. Standard book drops will be going in at all buildings for parents’ convenience.
“Even though books are just one small part of our 21st century library, it still gives us a huge happiness boost to get books into our students’ hands and see the smiles on our students’ faces,” said Lynne Knaze, Library Media Specialist at West Senior.