Class visits to the library are not just an opportunity to select books, but rather a chance for the librarians to engage students in very specific curriculum including social emotional texts, Caldecott sharings, books on civil rights, books on the rights of the child, books with varying perspectives, and books inspiring children to effect change. Much of the library curriculum focuses on teaching empathy and understanding those who are different.
What is ASK, you might ask? ASK is none other than our three librarians / teachers who make the library happen: Amanda, Susan and Karen.
Our librarians highlight the importance of books as windows, mirrors and doors. In that regard, they are expanding the collection so that more books reflect the diversity of our student body. This is not only a goal for the library, but a school wide goal.
We seek to have truly inclusive, high-quality children’s books, especially those written by people of color. It’s interesting to note that over the past few years the number of diverse books has increased, but the number of books written by people of color has not. In 2017, Black, Latinx and Native authors combined wrote just 7% of new children’s books published (Source: Cooperative Children’s Book Center statistics).
Despite these dismal statistics, ASK is working hard to increase the number of diverse books in the BNS BCS collection.
Did you know that children in second grade and up can come to the library any time? If they need a new book, the library is right there in room 401. The library never closes because there are three folks working in this wonderful space.
By the way, every Tuesday after school, parents, caregivers and children can come to the library to enjoy books, games and snacks.
You can keep up with what’s going on at the library through the BNS/BCS Library webpage which has booklists and online resources, as well as our library catalog (use the left hand sidebar to navigate and then explore tabs!).
The library is looking for volunteers. Please email Karen if you can help.