When is a library not a library?

When it’s a current events center.

Students were curious about last night’s 4.0 magnitude earthquake here in New England.

When it’s an art gallery.

Students depicted trees using different media in last year’s Caldecott Medal study

When it’s a playhouse.

As an end of year celebration, we transform the reading space into a tent made of old sheets and blankets.

When it moves outdoors to a hiking trail.

A joint school-public library collaboration brought a story to the trails of our town.

Families had an opportunity to read a Halloween story while walking through the woods. Please visit the link below for more information about StoryWalks.

The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition and the Kellogg Hubbard Library.

When it’s a dance floor.

I demonstrate the Shelf Marker Hokey Pokey for the first graders…and then we turn ourselves around.

When it’s a puppet theater.

Imaginations run wild with the library’s collection of finger puppets.

When it’s a classroom.

Co-teaching a lesson about thin and thick questions prior to a third grade research project.

I am thinking that by now some of you have a when question of your own. When are you going to write about the Common Core?  Your blog is named after it. It’s in your tagline. Is this a bait and switch? Absolutely not.

Before I get into the important work of analyzing my library curriculum to determine where it correlates to the Common Core, I want to showcase the “so much more” part of the library. Because I don’t want that to get lost in the discussion of standards and benchmarks and assessments and alignment. This library is a refuge as well as a  classroom. (Belated credit given to my sister-in-law for this idea. Somehow it made it from her email into my head as an original idea…) It’s a space for artists and dancers, hikers and hiders, learners and loungers, readers and listeners. It’s the heart, soul and common core of the school, after all.


2 Comments on “When?”

  1. ocdtalk says:

    “This library is a refuge as well as a classroom.” Love it! I wish you were my librarian when I was in school!

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