By Brandi Bourbonnais
What’s happening in the library this school year? The word that came to mind as I was praying over the school year with a fellow teacher and friend was “haven”. Maybe that seems like an an odd word for a library, but God gave it to me, so I’ll take it!
Actually, I love that word! One definition of “haven’ is where people (students) feel safe, secure & happy. How can you not love that? Studies show that when students feel loved and safe, they have room to grow and exceed academically.
I have the pleasure of seeing all of our students. High school students visit the library for resources for special projects and research papers. 8th grade students are engaged in Life Skills in the library, and this quarter’s course is Dave Ramsey’s Foundations in Personal Finance. The students are exploring career and career paths and how to earn money and manage finances. Topics include avoiding debt, budgeting with intention and investing early. All of this is for the purpose of honoring God with their resources and living generously.
Upper elementary students are busy helping me choose new materials for the library in addition to reading, reading and reading! Students keep an Interactive Reading Notebook in order to highlight what they have learned from the library lesson or novel read. 4th and 5th grade students visit the library as much as their schedule allows. They love to explore and create, help tidy books, work on puzzles and make special deliveries to classrooms. They are wonderful helpers! Lower elementary students are enjoying fall read alouds as well learning the parts of the a story and the author’s purpose. They love curling up and reading with a stuffed animal (reading buddy) after they check out a book.
Preschool library classes love the hearing stories from the “Book Fairy” and enjoy listening to stories and singing songs while practicing storytime and book care manners. Even our smallest CCA Cougars (our nursery “students”) love library time with “Bubbles & Books”!
The CougarGeneration Service Club is sponsored by the library as well as our new parent connection of Coffee & Conversation. I love all of the activity that goes on in the library. From planning the book fairs to researching for new ways for students to use and understand information to collaborating with teachers, the library is filled with fun & learning! All are welcome & I do hope it’s a haven for everyone!