We have brought a little "SPICE" into the library over the summer for our students, teachers, and school community. You can read more about the project in the post, "We Spiced Up The Shelves....And Ditched The Dewey." This project is going to make a difference in the lives of so many by bringing new classifications, over 800 new print books and eBooks, and a new way of looking at the choosing books, browsing books, and the library as a whole.
In the Van Meter Library Voice Monthly (created using Smore), I told the story of "The Love Behind The 'Spice Up The Shelves' Project". At our open house, Greta and her mom Jennifer loved seeing what a difference this project has brought to our library. It will always be a special place for the two of them and all of us to remember Alex and his love for reading, books, spices, travel, cooking, and education.
Mackin, and were so excited as we pulled each one out. The students are going to love them too.
PicMonkey (which is a free online photo editing tool). I then used Pages to create the posters.
And by giving them links to the Little Van Meter Library Google Site and the Van Meter Library Voice blog, I am giving them one more way to connect with the library, resources, and me. Parents appreciate this access and information so they can support their children in the best possible way at home as well as at school.
I created this fun little poster and handout called "Put the Library In Your Pocket". I added several apps that our students, teachers, and families will find useful to have downloaded onto their devices to the "Library In Pocket" folder on my iPhone. I then took a screen shot of that folder open and made it into a poster. So now they can take a quick look and add apps such as Destiny Quest, EasyBib, a QR code reader app, StudyBlue, SymbalooEdu, and a few more. This folder will grow, but this is a nice place for everyone to start. I have posted these in the library and around school as well.
I also created a schedule for the elementary and secondary library. I listed all open library times and scheduled library times. Every classroom and office in the school has one, so everyone knows what is happening in the libraries all of the time.
So as you can see, the "Spice Up The Shelves" Open House was a very success night with lots of old friends and plenty of new ones too.
I can't wait to see what the students think about the "new" collection and how we spiced it up!