School Librarian for Hire!

It seems as if every day I hear about more and more jobs for qualified school librarians being cut. With sharing my time between MN and CA, I’m looking to be hired for remote assistance! I was recently the school librarian for Fairmont Area Schools in southern Minnesota. As the elementary librarian, I was responsible for 900+ students and over 100 staff. Needless to say it was a BIG job that I was happy to put my efforts into. Though their was no way I could ever accomplish everything on the job description, I did make positive change in the two years I spent as their librarian. They were a school that hadn’t had a qualified librarian in many, many years and it showed both in the collection and the utilization of library services. I’m not here to say I could ever accomplish that job remotely however I do know there are certain elements I am able to fulfill thanks to the internet and other amazing technological innovations. The main tasks I’m able to fulfill for you include: Professional Development Learning Guides Project-based / Peformance-based Assessments Literacy Stations Curriculum Development and Resource Curation Fun Stuff (Personalized bookmarks, scavenger hunts, flyers, printables) Please […]

Quality Resource: First 5 California

Talk. Read. Sing. It changes everything. Many states have initiatives geared towards early literacy however few are as interactive and easy-to-use as First 5 California. Plus, they link to the national site of zerotothree.org when their resources fit into the three categories of babies, toddlers, or preschoolers. First 5 uses three birds to encourage families to talk (Franco the talking parrot), read (Orson the reading owl), and sing (Melody the singing songbird) with their children. However, literacy is not their only focus as you’ll see by the menu options listed on the home page of learning center, activity center, health center, services + support, and free resources. Some of the resources I found most useful in a library or educational setting include: Downloadable books a First 5 CA playlist on Pandora Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays in English and Spanish If you’re looking for a specific activity for babies, toddlers, or preschoolers, be sure to choose the group you’re interested in listed under “activities.” Comment below with any other state or national sites you enjoy using for early literacy activities! Happy learning! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez