ROAR FOR RED READING CHAIR
Welcome to Library Lions interviews Raising a Roar for libraries and the outstanding librarians serving youth in schools and public libraries across the U.S. Please Roar today’s guest Amianne Bailey!
I met Amianne through her wonderful blog Red Reading Chair
and invited her to share about her experiences as a school librarian at Ruby Shaw Elementary. Take it away, Amianne!
Thanks, Janet. This is my fourth year as the librarian at Ruby Shaw Elementary in Mesquite, Texas. We are a K—6th grade campus with close to 800 students. Our library is on a flexible schedule and is considered the “heart” of our school. While research lessons and read-alouds are occurring, students come in for self-checkout at point of need, so it’s always busy! There is no “shushing” in the Shaw library—it’s a place where learning can be a little loud, chaotic, and lots of fun!
My passion is getting kids (and teachers!) excited about reading. I love reading aloud to my students and feeling that magic take hold of them; I know it’s not me—it’s the power of the book. I love “making the match” between book and reader. Basically, I love showing kids how reading and learning can transform their lives!
A Mighty Roar!
To me, it’s all about access. Studies show that the playing field becomes considerably leveled when children have increased access to books. I view libraries as the “leveler” for so many of our kids who do not come for print-rich environments. When we provide access to great books, choice and time to read, and exposure through read-alouds, libraries can change the world!
A Lion’s Pride of Programs
We are fortunate to have access to one of the largest digital library collections in the nation! Mesquite ISD has been on the cutting edge of introducing audio and e-books to our students. Rather than worrying about how this technology will impact our libraries, we embrace it and show our students the benefits of both physical and electronic books in our world. I am fortunate to work with such an amazing team of librarians!
We recently celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday!
And we used Face Time to share our writing with other 4th graders in our district!
Book Brag: What three books are hot this year? Why?
Press Hereby Henri Tullet is one of the best read-alouds EVER! Who knew pressing dots could be such FUN?!
Wonderby RJ Palacio has been the MUST-READ-ALOUD book that my teachers have been sharing with their classes. Most of the 4th—6th grade classes have read it and fallen in love with August. We are also signing pledge cards to “Choose Kind” in our school, families, and community.
Two years ago, we had Marc Brown visit our school, and it was the BEST DAY of my librarian life. He graciously signed hundreds of books and did a fantastic presentation for the students about his own writing process. I will NEVER top that. Perfection. (These pictures were taken before our library makeover).
Library Lion’s Roar: ONE LAST BIG ROAR
These sweet faces represent why I have the best job in the world!
Thank you for showcasing the terrific library programs Shaw Elementary, Amianne. We love your Red Reading Chair blog and will be popping by to read it again soon!
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