What Does a School Librarian Do?: Book
I suggest that you use a book such as That’s Our Librarian by Ann Morris. This book in particular addresses not only on-site activities performed by the school librarian, but also gives insight into her personal life. That’s Our Librarian is part of the That’s Our School book series.
What Does a School Librarian Do?: Chart
Make a chart on poster board. At the top, write What Does a School Librarian Do? Then put a line down the center of the poster board, writing Before Library Visit on one side and After Library Visit on the other side.
During a large group period such as circle time, ask your preschoolers or early elementary students what they think the school librarian does? Make sure that you do this prior to their first visit to the school library. Write their answers under Before Library Visit on the chart.
After the first library visit, ask your students again what a school librarian does. Write down the answers under After Library Visit. Now go back to the Before answers. Which were correct? Which were incorrect?
What Does a School Librarian Do?: Dramatic Play
Set up your classroom dramatic play area with shelved books, a small table and chairs, a toy computer and a toy scanner. Now let your students take turns pretending to be the librarian and the students visiting the library. Remember…Shh! Quiet in the library!
These three activities are found at the back of That’s Our Librarian by Ann Morris:
- Learn about your librarian.
- Make a book, bookmark or book plate.
- Make a classroom library.
Finally, be sure to impress on your preschool and early elementary students the importance of the school librarian. Let them know that she is a valuable asset to their education. The library and librarian will be vital to their academic successes throughout their lives.
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