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A Principal’s Perspective on People-First Leadership During a Pandemic

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.

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Create an Engaging Outdoor Classroom in a Hurry

With instructional space at a premium, many schools are planning to take learning outdoors. Discover products to help you quickly turn your outdoor areas into effective learning spaces.

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10 Products to Help You Create Personal Learning Spaces

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.

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How to Manage Your Makerspace During the 2020 Pandemic

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.

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Reaching Patrons with Take-Home Programs

In the fifth episode of the Open Book Webcast, two librarians share how they’re using take-home activity kits to meet the needs of kids and teens in their community.

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Your Back-to-School 2020 Questions Answered

In this follow up to his “Back-to-School: 9 Key Concepts to Rethink for Fall 2020” webinar, Dr. Bob Dillon answers your questions about handling new norms and making the new school year great for all.

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20 Tips for Supporting Students’ Mental Health This Fall

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.

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Activities to Support Social-Emotional Learning in the Library

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.

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Activity Calendars

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.

Activity Calendars