The display shown in the photo is one designed to
help 4th graders who have been assigned to read a
historical fiction book. Even though a library online
catalog is invaluable, sometimes a display or spine
stickers makes browsing and finding much easier.
An important part of being a Library Media Specialist is building and maintaining a collection that supports the many, varying needs of a school. That means books for every reading level as well as books to support all curricula. It means having a Professional Collection for teachers and staff (and parents if they ask!). Of course we must also include audiovisual resources and try to keep up with newer technologies.
Not mentioned above is the ever-important pleasure reading - graphic novels (newer term for comic book novels), magazines, and nonfiction books that cover favorite topics of students. Below you will find my recall of favorite subjects at Charlestown School (listed in Dewey Decimal order!)
Bigfoot, Greek mythology, the Titanic, space, dinosaurs, sharks, snakes, dolphins, wolves, military weapons, dirt bikes/4-wheelers/monster trucks, horses, dogs, cats, Garfield and other comics, arts & crafts, skateboarding, the Red Sox (and a few Yankee fans!), WWII, and Native Americans.
That list made me realize how many favorite topics I did not list, but you get the idea - our kids love to read for pleasure and love to learn!