What a whirlwind my first semester as an elementary school librarian has been! I had to really prioritize the past few months in order to keep my head above water in grad school all while being the best librarian I could be for my school community. It. Was. Hard. But I survived, managed to pull off a 4.0 for my whole graduate career, throw the best family night my school has ever seen, hold a book fair that did awesome sales wise, managed to still be a good mom and a great wife, and still maintained regular date nights with my honey. How? By the grace of God! No, seriously…
I feel like I have a lot to catch up on though since I had to put my blog on hold for a hot minute while I made magic happen elsewhere. I ended my year on a wonderful note though-my son got to witness his momma walk across the stage and graduate with her master’s degree and a week later we headed for Colorado and Utah on a ten day road trip. It was much needed. I had planned to blog while on vacation, but my brain really needed a break so I skipped it and opted for sight-seeing and snuggling up on the couch with the family while watching The Office for the billionth time 😝.
Even after ten days, we still managed to come home and have a week left before having to go back to school. I worked on stuff around the house, threw a fun NYE party with my sisters, friends and our kiddos and even had some family photos snapped by my favorite photographer (theimagediaries.com). Maggie moved a few years ago to Alaska with her husband (he’s in the Air Force), so while she visited this Christmas, she did a mini photo session with us. It’s been too long since we’ve had some outstanding photos done of us and I was so grateful that she chose to spend one of her days with us!
Anyways, moving on to the good stuff… I decided I would break my Chronicles of a First Year Librarian Part 2 into smaller sections to kind of dive into what this semester was like after I hit the ground running (more like sprinting 🏃🏼♀️🏃🏼♀️). So check out the following posts-hopefully they can be helpful either in content or just support for those that are novel like myself!
Let’s switch gears…I’ve posted about all kinds of digital technologies that can be used in the education world as a librarian or a teacher all summer long, but come Monday, school schedule begins once again for myself in my new district as a librarian and I kind of want to share my journey of what my first year as a school librarian is going to entail. Honestly, I have been working all summer already trying to get my library the way I want. In one of my grad classes last semester, my professor had us create a priority list as a new librarian. We revamped our top ten list over the course of the semester, but honestly, I feel that what I had on my FINAL list has been changed again since I’ve actually stepped into the role of a school librarian and not just thinking hypothetically.
Let me share with you what I have done so far (and school hasn’t even started yet!).
I have been a teacher for nine years. I was made to be an educator-that is my purpose and what I feel God has gifted me with. With that being said, I have done the same thing the past nine years before school even begins and those things are even more intricate when I have changed grade levels. I also begin with the environment in which I will be in…the classroom in teachers’ cases and the library in librarians’ cases. I can’t seem to focus or function if my space isn’t spruced up the way I want. I need my decorations and atmosphere to be inviting and welcoming and functional.
So this summer I gave my new library an overhaul! My husband is a builder and he grabbed a couple of his daytime guys and they went to painting. The colors turned out better than I ever imagined! They really made the room pop! I took down old and outdated decor and stuffed animals that had been collecting dust. My campus is 4th-6th grade and while they are still elementary and love to be silly and be read to, I think they also want to feel a little bit older than the littles.
Paint transforms everything!❤️
Hello dusty little mouse.
He’s so goofy! 🤪
Grey covering the brown.
The dragon really pops out now!
I created some fantastic posters and put them in some cheap poster frames from WalMart. I organized the currculation desk and cleaned and dusted really well. I also bought some cute watercolor lightbulbs from TPT
that I enlarged at my local Walgreens, cut out and glued onto foam board (go to WalMart for foam board-you will only waste your money at Dollar Tree).
It’s far from finished, but I always think back to the phrase “Fake it till you make it.” If you can look the part, and work hard behind the scenes to figure the rest out, I think you’ll be amazing in the end! I have had such amazing classes and professors, but it’s different when you’re IN it versus being in a class. I am a hard worker and I am a great researcher (hey, I’m a librarian and outta be 😉), and I KNOW this year will be the best year of my education career, even if it is a little challenging!
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