Verse: (My Story) It was my first time at a national conference and my first visit to the music hot spot destination Nashville. I flew in with my Clear Creek ISD library director, Suzy Ferrell, and met with Becky Calzada the library coordinator from Leander, ISD upon arrival. Biscuits are a delicacy in Texas; therefore, Biscuit Love was a logical first stop once our plane landed. There was a line to get in, and there was a line wrapped around the building when we left. We had a moment of silence as we enjoyed our first Bonughts, biscuits fried like doughnuts.
The rest of the trip was spent sharing and participating in the SLJ Leadership Summit: Confronting Our Literacy Crisis. My main goals for the conference were to deliver a decent keynote speech as the 2017 SLJ Librarian of Year, gather solutions to build a culture of readers on my campus, and network.
Visited Overton High library lots of great ideas limitless library, personalized blurbs, nooks to serve student needs. pic.twitter.com/SDLpfR6Vsq— Tamiko Brown (@booksforkiddos) October 6, 2017
Adaptive books, texture bags, survey station, sensory based Makerspace for students 3 - 21 ages #CCISDlibs #MNPSlibhack pic.twitter.com/5jiWYbJeof— Tamiko Brown (@booksforkiddos) October 6, 2017
The networking began right away meeting Becky Calzada the first day, and discussing future library projects as we toured Nashville. I meet several library heroes such Joyce Valenza, Shannon Miller, and Carolyn Foote.Eakin Elem librarian offers collaborative lessons to support inquiry based learning #MNPSlibhack #CCISDlibs pic.twitter.com/NlJgrV3N71— Tamiko Brown (@booksforkiddos) October 6, 2017
It was also a treat to hear John Green speak as our keynote speaker on Saturday. On Friday we toured several schools, and I was able to network with librarians from across the country. It's important to attend national conferences to connect and network with other librarians across the country. We are stronger together. Budget permitting, I want to plan on attending a national conference at least every other year.
After networking with Kristina Holzweiss and visiting her makerspace she set-up for participants, I gathered strategies to build a reading culture on my campus. I plan to offer every staff member a laminated piece of tag board paper that has their name, and a space to write the book they are currently reading. They can place the paper where students can see it, so we can build a reading environment. In our campus newsletter I'll offer a link to a Flipgrid prompt where students can talk about the books they are reading. After the conference, I collaborated with one of my parent volunteers, Liz Lowe. We put together a "Caught Reading Program" for our students. Every staff member will be given 10 "Caught Reading" coupons to give to students as they are "Caught Reading" the student can fill out the coupon listing their name, grade level, and homeroom. The coupon states they can turn the coupon into the library for a bookmark. I will put the completed coupons on display, and invite teachers to bring pictures of themselves reading outside of school. I will have these pictures on display with the coupons, so students can see teachers are readers, and we don't live at the school. Here's a great post from the SLJ Summit that offers several ways to build the reading culture on a campus.
Top 10 tips for creating a positive reading culture: @jarredamato @ProjectLITComm #sljsummit pic.twitter.com/4r2tAmgQeo— Jenny Takeda (@JennyTakeda) October 7, 2017
Refrain: (idea repeated though out conference) Librarians play a big roll in providing the solutions to end the literacy crisis.
Chorus: (thoughts that occured in intervals) Collaboration and library leadership are key ingredients to My Nashville song inspired by the SLJ Leadership summit.
"If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber'd here
While these visions did appear..."
Shakespeare, William. "A Midsummer Night's Dream." A Midsummer Night's Dream:
I know I'm not a song writer, but I had fun creating this post!