School Library Week Observance on Hold

Laurens County School District #55 notes this is National Library Week, which started Sunday and runs through this Saturday. But, since schools are on spring break this week, District 55 will honor National Library Week from April 11th  – 17th . National Library Week is a time to celebrate our nation’s libraries, library workers’ contributions and promote library use and support.

This year’s theme from the American Library Association is “Welcome to Your Library.” District 55 is ready to celebrate all that their school libraries have to offer students. Libraries foster a lifelong love of reading and encourage thinking, creativity and inspire young imaginations. School library programs encourage students to work together using new technologies alongside one another in English language classes. Library staff also partner with other campus and district staff members to actively engage with the people they serve, always striving to meet students’ core needs.

District 55 Superintendent Dr. Ameca Thomas said, “I am excited to celebrate National Library Week to continue promoting literacy and the many innovative ways libraries, teacher-librarians, and library staff continues to shape the world of education and beyond.  Libraries today have transformed into forward-thinking exploration centers. Students do more than check out books and find a quiet space away from class. They come to the library for makerspace activities, coding activities, real-world life lessons, and STEAM/STEM lessons.”

The focus of libraries in District 55 will be on poetry since April is Poetry Month. Librarians will have poetry choice boards and create blackout poetry and digital spine poetry with students. A blackout poem involves using a marker (usually black) on an established text (such as a newspaper) and marking through words until the poet forms a poem with the remaining words. Digital or book spine poetry involves organizing or arranging the titles on books’ spines to compose a poem.

District 55 libraries will also offer students an opportunity to take care of fines related to lost or damaged books at half-price through the end of May. The librarians also will encourage students to apply for a public library card to have continued access to reading material through the summer. . The libraries are currently working with the Laurens County Public Library to plan for their summer reading collaboration and promotion.