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What do you do when you are a librarian without a library – you have no books, printed resources or computers? Well, when life throws you lemons, you make lemonade.

You can strengthen your partnership with the local public library. I connected classrooms and asked teachers to support visiting the children’s library so students could get their own library cards. They listened to read alouds and learned about resources available to them.


You can collaborate with NYC based authors. I invited L.A. Campbell into the school for an author visit. Students were so excited to meet her that they wrote letters and made time capsules like the main character in her book.


You can build partnerships with technology companies. As a Google School, I signed up to bring Google Expeditions to the 3rd through 5th grade. Children participated in virtual reality field trips directed by teacher controlled tablets. The fact they we did not have wireless capability was alright since Google Cardboard had a smartphone already.

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The PTA sponsored an author visit from Kate Klise. This was a truly incredible experience. She took children through the writer’s process in her presentation and scholars were physically involved in writing their own class story.


In addition to the literature appreciation lessons and information fluency continuum lessons, school libraries can be an open experience. You are only limited by the limits of your imagination. Learn how to leverage learning. When life takes away the books, you bring literacy and learning opportunities in!