Ideas & Inspiration
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.
BLOGMakerspace Activities for In-Person, Hybrid, and Virtual Instruction
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.
BLOGOne Director’s Rural Library Reopening Experience
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.
BLOG3-Phase Reopening Plan Template for School Librarians
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.
BLOGWays School Librarians Can Serve Students in Fall 2020
Every school year is different — but 2020–21 is sure to be unlike any other that came before. 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.
BLOGThe Biggest Challenges Public Libraries Are Facing
From funding cuts to staff morale, find out what our survey respondents said are the biggest challenges public libraries are facing right now.
BLOGTips for Leading Library Staff Through a Pandemic
Leading a library staff through something as large and uncertain as a pandemic takes care and empathy. Get tips for how to boost morale, manage emotions, and practice self care.
BLOGReopening School: How to Reduce Your Community’s Fears
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.
Use these idea-filled children’s, teen, and adult calendars to plan your monthly programming, and give parents and caregivers daily activity tips with early literacy calendar handouts.