Friday, April 28, 2017

Large spaces, small spaces, and virtual spaces: Celebrating the Library Media Programs at Alston Ridge ES, Richland Creek ES, and Wilburn ES

No two of our library programs are alike. Rightly so, since they function to meet the needs of our unique schools. To round out our recognition of school library month, we feature 3 unique elementary library programs that work to enhance learning in each of their schools in different ways.

Alston Ridge Elementary boasts one of our largest enrollments at the elementary school level. As a result, Lindsay Stetson's media center is bursting at the seams with activity (and people!). Her space truly exemplifies how multiple things can happen in the media center at the same time: circulation, media classes, technology classes, small group intervention, and more. Lindsay has a great mindset about all the bustle--she sees it as giving her increased opportunities for collaboration. 

Across the county, Richland Creek is home to a much smaller school community. Laura Herman is able to create specialized clubs for her students in addition to their regular instructional time in the library. Just look at the smiles on the faces of these students in the Elephant and Piggie book club!

With her background in programming, Laura also especially loves incorporating makerspace and coding activities into the media center. 


Finally, at Wilburn Elementary, Ivelisse Maldonado's students engage with literature both physically and virtually. Ivelisse uses augmented reality to get students excited about reading, and even took a group of students to present about their project at NCTIES. Take a look at the video she created to capture their experience sharing their learning outside of their school!

Thanks to these media coordinators, and all of the others throughout Wake County, who work to provide unique, engaging programs that meet the specific needs of their school communities!

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