April has been School Library Month
On March 22nd at the Capitol Building in Topeka, Governor Sam Brownback signed the Proclamation declaring April as School Library Month 2017. Receiving the Proclamation were school librarian, Ruth McCauley, Promotions Chair for the Kansas Association of School Librarians and Dr. Jackie Lakin, school library liaison with the Kansas State Department of Education.
School libraries are active learning centers supporting students and staff in their endeavors to find current and accurate information when researching for assignments and personal needs. School librarians assist students and staff in the use of online databases, encyclopedias, primary sources and print materials. Winfield High School, like many others in Kansas, is a one-to-one school with each student having a Chromebook. Such programs are overseen by school librarians who are instrumental in the training of students and staff.
The Proclamation recognizes the contribution that certified school librarians make to increased test scores and college readiness for our students. School librarians promote, inspire and guide students in their quest for knowledge and encourage a love of reading.
Students are always encouraged to explore and take advantage of the services offered at their school library and to express appreciation for those who work there. School libraries offer fun activities during the course of the school year – Book Fairs, Poetry writing, Battle of the Books, voting for the William Allen White Book Award, storytelling, read-alouds, read-ins, DEAR days (Drop Everything And Read), digital creations, computer coding among many other things. You will need to check-it-out!
The Winfield USD 465 school librarians are Tabitha Hogan at the High School, Christy Reams at the Middle School, Sherri McNutt at Irving and Country View, and Ruth McCauley at Lowell and Whittier Patron are always to visit the school libraries, just remember to check in at the school office first.