April is School Library Month and we celebrate our teacher librarians all year long. At SFUSD, all of our school librarians are credentialed teachers who plan diverse learning experiences to inspire equitable, active student participation.
During the past year, school librarians have shifted their roles to meet the students’ distance learning needs: providing literacy instruction to small groups of students, creating video tutorials to help families access ebooks, and recording read alouds of engaging and culturally responsive books to support classroom instruction. Our librarians have created virtual spaces for students to connect outside of class: clubs for tinkering, crafting, and of course, reading. So far this year, our librarians have mailed over 4,000 books directly to students’ homes.
Since September, our libraries have hosted a series of virtual visits from favorite authors and illustrators, and--to increase access to print materials--three of our schools host biweekly visits from the SF Public Library’s bookmobile. All SFUSD students automatically receive a library card, a.k.a. a “scholar card” from SFPL, and can ask their school librarian for help with reserving a book and then choosing a bookmobile or other SFPL To Go site close for them to pick it up.
Thank you to our teacher librarians for everything they do!