Digital learning – at your local library

This April marks the 30th anniversary of School Library Month. The first national observance kicked off with a ceremony on the steps of the U.S. Capitol on April 1, 1985, and in honor of that first school library month, this year’s theme is “Your School Library Where Learning Never Ends.”

School libraries are encouraged to “create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning” (American Librarian Association, 2015). One way librarians are reaching out to the community is through a digital storytelling contest sponsored by the American Librarian Association.

Just as a hearth has been seen as the heart of the home, the library should be the heart of the school. It is where knowledge is brought, stored and categorized for the benefit of the learner who comes in search of knowledge. The libraries are the museums of knowledge and the librarians its curators.

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“Students have Google,” you say. But do you know if that knowledge the students are acquiring is credible? The library can help. Librarians can help set up digital galleries of any unit the teacher is conducting a study on. The community can also become involved with the new library Makerspaces, where students and parents can have hands-on lifelong learning opportunities. There are many happenings in the library that may surprise you. Ask your child what is new in their library. You may find yourself on an adventure of lifelong learning.


Jessica Robinson