This past year has been one of challenge and change, but the Greenville County Schools’ 92 librarians and 75 clerks have not let that stop them. Throughout the pandemic, our school library teams put themselves out there and went above and beyond to make sure our students and teachers continued to have access to high quality literacy materials.
During the closure last spring, school librarians found ways to stay connected with their students with everything from virtual book clubs, author visits, read-alouds, and even postcards mailed to students. School librarians did not let the closure interfere with the annual Battle of the Books competition as it was completed virtually. Librarians were often found helping teachers and students troubleshoot technology issues, as well.
School Librarians have supported all students and teachers in the virtual school program, curating materials and creating resources, and sharing tutorials with students who might never walk into a school building this year. Our school libraries have always been instructional spaces, but as a need arose in some locations, policies and procedures were adjusted to accommodate the creation of additional classroom spaces within the library. Innovation and creativity have flourished in keeping students reading through mobile libraries on carts and book deliveries, First Page Fridays, March Madness Book Brackets, curbside pickups, and modified ‘book tastings.’
It’s not just about the books in our libraries, as school librarians have provided take and make kits, provided support for technology, and collaborated with school staff across the curriculum to promote Social Emotional Learning, and opportunities for students in spite of limitations. We invite you to visit the GCS Libraries Collaboration Page to see more examples of the great things happening in the school libraries near you.