I also begin the year with goals that I set for myself. For advocacy I think it is important to set goals and then also continually update those goals. At the end of each six weeks I also have a newsletter that I share with my school admin and library admin. I can also share that information with our community through social media. To make these newsletters I use Piktochart. I do pay for this service as I use it a TON!
I am extremely lucky to have an admin that understands the need for various programming, a district that values librarians, a clerk that is AMAZING and does so much behind the scenes items, and an amazing team of interventionist/specialist that is always willing to go above and beyond! All the things I am going to share I have done some form or fashion without a clerk.
We are all very busy people, but we also make time for things that are important. For me it is important to be involved. I try to make at least one sporting event per grade level per girls/boys. I also try to make it to at least one choir concert, band concert, orchestra concert.. and this year I finally made it to a Kickstart program! It is amazing what the kids think when they see me in the stands. Programming also happens with staff as well.
|Sports team schedule posted in the library|
|We have a bulletin board in the workroom that I have taken over. During the month of October it was a BINGO board, November was a thankful board (December I failed) January is going to be what brings you JOY|
This year our school had a Homecoming Week. The library hosted a station before school for 8th graders to be able to create either a garter or mum ring. We had over 100 students take part in this. Directions are made using Canva (my other favorite program)
|Dreidel sun catcher|
Our ukulele group is still up and running. The Uke Can Do it Club meets weekly on Thursday mornings- we even performed a couple of songs for the Christmas on Crandall event.
I love programming, but I also love working with teachers and increasing instruction in the library. I also make it my goal to leave every day by 5:15pm (I also manager 4 Destination ImagiNation teams and am a Girl Scout leader.. and I am married to a very understanding and supportive husband) I leave school satisfied that even though I might not be the best librarian, I am providing opportunities, mentorship, and a space for middle schools to thrive (middle school is hard!)
There are so many things I want to do in the new year, but one of the first ones I am doing is participating in Celebrate Your Story! Are you in the Texas area, if so.. you should check out this 2 day conference being put on by Todd Nesloney. I am talking Bringing the Sunshine
|My ugly sweater- a book snowman|