Welcome back everyone to the 2017-2018 school year! Over here at Ponderosa High School I am starting my 4th year as a teacher librarian and my 14th year in teaching! I've reached the point when student or parent tells me, "You're really young!" I get excited! When I started teaching I was fresh out of school and so excited to have a drama position. I was single and thought I would never meet a man. Now, I'm next door to the theatre as the teacher librarian with a wonderful husband and beautiful 2 year old daughter with the name I always dreamed about, Charlotte.
So what new things are in store for the wonderful students at Ponderosa through my library! Well, we've started off with a bang! Over the past two weeks, we've been extremely busy. In the first week, we checked out 550 books to students! We had 3,614 patrons walk through our doors, averaging 722 per day. We've had two days over the past week where over 1,000 patrons walked through our doors. 27 classes came through the library. 19 of those received library instruction, mostly through books talks. So busy busy busy!
I have also been working on "sprucing" up the place a little before I go into my major NF genrefication project again in September. Mostly, I have bee finally getting around to improving some signage around this place! I worked on NF signage within my first year, but all my signage up by fiction has needed a little sprucing up!
In classes, it's been pretty much book talks and library orientations, but I did have the opportunity to work with our ICT (freshmen computer course) classes about some information literacy as well. I was VERY pleased with how the entire presentation came out. In the past, I have focused on Googling tips, validating websites, and how to use our library databases. However, this year I added in a fake news and information sorting part to it using the AWESOME website Checkology.
Overall, it's been a GREAT start to the year. I have many ambitions this year, but I need to maintain my focus on my primary one: my library space.
What are YOUR goals for the 2017-2018 school year? Let me know! We are all stronger together!
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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