Learn how you can create a school calming room to help combat the effects of chronic stress and anxiety on students and help them focus on academics.
Considering using portable air cleaners in your library or classrooms? Get the details on how they work, which ones are most effective, and the best way to use them.
In this episode of the Open Book Webcast, two members of Madison Public Library’s marketing team discuss how to effectively market library services to community members during a pandemic.
In this episode of the Open Book Webcast, you’ll hear from Stephanie Freas, Assistant Director of John McIntire Library, about how she and her staff are meeting community needs during the pandemic as well as planning for the future.
Libraries aren’t just buildings! There are so many ways for you to engage your community members during a pandemic — here are four things to do right now.
In the ninth episode of the Open Book Webcast, you’ll hear from Tinashe Blanchet, founder of The Learning Laboratory New Orleans, who shares how she turned her hands-on STEM summer camp fully virtual during the pandemic.
Keep kids in your community engaged through virtual library programming with these five popular take-and-make kits — supply lists and directions included.
Follow these steps for creating a curbside pickup plan to get books and materials into students’ hands this year.
In the eighth episode of the Open Book Webcast, you’ll learn about the readers’ advisory book bundle program at Madison Public Library in Wisconsin. This innovative curbside library service connects patrons to materials while inter-library loans are on pause.
Figuring out the best way to shield students and staff from germs can be daunting. Download this handy guide to help you compare the features of each desk barrier so you can find the right fit for your learning spaces.
Building community in your classroom has always been an important part of making students feel safe and ready to learn. But how do you do this when you’re not in a traditional classroom setting? Get 25 ideas for creating a culture of community in your virtual classroom.
In the seventh episode, Elementary Principal Amy Williams joins the Open Book Webcast to share how she’s leading her school community through the pandemic by emphasizing social-emotional wellness.
Whether learning at school or from home this year, students will need comfortable personal learning spaces that give them the tools they need to stay healthy and productive. Discover 10 products that can help you create spaces where learners thrive.
Makers still gotta make! Diana Rendina gives you tips for managing your makerspace during the 2020 pandemic while observing social distancing guidelines and keeping kids safe.
In the sixth episode of the Open Book Webcast, hear how Librarian Jessica Ryan pivoted to create virtual programming for the children and adults in her community in response to the pandemic. She then met her community’s needs once again by adapting her programming in response to George Floyd’s death.
Your school community’s well-being will be top of mind this school year as kids head back to school in various in-person and virtual models. Get tips from a seasoned school counselor on how educators and parents alike can support students’ mental health by helping them prepare for changes, stay connected, and be successful this school year.
In the third episode of Demco’s Open Book Webcast, librarian and popular children’s lit podcaster Matthew Winner discusses the role librarians play in supporting students’ social-emotional learning and how children’s literature can help families navigate the turbulent waters of 2020.
In the second episode of Demco’s Open Book Webcast, Art Teacher Mandy Stringer talks about how she had to quickly switch to teaching art virtually during the pandemic and how social-emotional learning became more important than ever in her lessons.
Worried about how you’re going to keep kids making this school year while still observing social distancing guidelines? Makerspace expert Nick Provenzano shares activities to keep kids making in every type of learning situation.
Social-emotional learning will be more important than ever this next school year, and school librarians are poised to lead the charge. Get tips and ideas for infusing SEL into your library program.
In the first episode of Demco’s Open Book Webcast, Cathy Farley, Director of White County Public Library, talks about what reopening their physical library was like after being closed to the public for seven and a half weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Award-winning school librarian Kim Borden outlines why you need to be advocating for your position during the COVID-19 pandemic and provides a three-phase reopening plan template for your library that you can customize and share with your administration.
Educational designer Dr. Bob Dillon leads you through nine key concepts to examine in parallel to health and safety requirements this fall, including rethinking grading practices, designing engaging lessons, and leveraging librarians and specialists.
Every school year is different — but 2020–21 is sure to be unlike any other that came before. Librarian Matthew Winner brings you ideas to help you serve your students no matter what changes come about this fall. Read on to discover ways school librarians can continue to nurture a love of reading, innovate and collaborate with classroom teachers, make their library mobile, and deliver critical services to their school communities.
From funding cuts to staff morale, find out what our survey respondents said are the biggest challenges public libraries are facing right now.
Parents, students, and staff are most likely nervous about returning to school in the fall of 2020. As you start making plans for creating a safe environment for reopening your school, consider how you can best reduce their fears.
From germ prevention to traffic flow to what to do with your makerspace, this planning guide will help you decide how to best serve your students in your library when they come back to school.
What will schools look like for the fall of 2020? Experts aren’t quite sure yet, but they have a lot of ideas for what reopening school looks like. Get tips and resources for creating a safe school environment when students return to classrooms.
From staff procedures to traffic flow to room layout, this planning guide will help you figure out what you need to think about when you open your doors back up to the public.
As students bring books and other materials back to your library, the question of how to ensure staff and student safety is on everyone’s minds. Read this article to learn what the experts say about how to quarantine library materials.
As books and other materials start circulating from your library again, the question of how to ensure patron and staff safety is on everyone’s minds. Read this article to learn what the experts say about quarantining your materials.
There are so many questions surrounding how and when libraries will open back up. To help you plan, pediatrician and librarian Dr. Dipesh Navsaria talks about what we know about COVID-19, how to think about and evaluate steps you can take to keep people safe, and what safety measures could become the new norm.
Once again, libraries around the world are transforming their services to meet the needs of their communities. From providing increased access to digital resources to becoming popup food banks, libraries are continuously proving they are essential institutions in a variety of ways.
We’ve curated a list of home-learning resources to help you serve your community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Inside you’ll find activities, tools, and more for librarians, educators, and parents.