Our mission at the Muskingum County Library System is to find and facilitate opportunities for our community to Read, Discover, Learn, and Create... and on a recent Saturday in June, with the help of Kano Computer Kits, we did just that!
Our first edcamp event in this region of Ohio was - and I'll admit some bias - a success. We did not fill up an auditorium with 200 attendees, and no one made any money or signed any speaking deals. We had commercial sponsors with excellent products and services, but I doubt they felt an overwhelming spike of attention in the days following the event. Why was it a success, and who was it a success for?
I've been anxiously awaiting the chance to share this special announcement; since attending my first edcamp in Cincinnati, OH back in 2010, I've always wanted to host an event closer to home. There's something about the structure of an edcamp that speaks to me, and it's become a mission that I've paid a lot of attention to in the last few years. There are a lot of plans underway for 2015, but this is one that I'm personally excited for the most.
We just added several copies of the popular I Survived... series by Lauren Tarshis to the collection at John McIntire Library, including I Survived...True Stories: Five Epic Disasters, which is five books in one!
You've been teaching a 3rd grade unit on butterflies every spring for the past 20 years. So every spring, you go to your local library and borrow a copy of _Butterflies of the World_. Sure, it's got some torn pages and the corners are dog-eared and it was published in 1972, but hey--the information is still relevant, right?
We recently added several new nonfiction titles to our collection here at the John McIntire Library. From publishers such as Penguin and Lerner, these titles align with Common Core standards and cover a broad range of subjects from environmental issues to biographies for readers of all ages. So check out the "New Books" shelf in the Children's Department the next time you visit John McIntire Library.
Part of our responsibility as educators and librarians is to remind students that reading isn't just about sitting in a circle listening to each other read, or reading something that is required in order to write a book report or complete a worksheet. The goal is to show them that reading can be both a means to an end and a pleasure in itself.
"You're never too old - or too cool - to enjoy a good story." Andy Bell, one of our Early Childhood Literacy Specialists at the John McIntire Library, recently shared this advice with pre-service teachers from Ohio University-Zanesville, and it's obvious to anyone that knows him that he believes it.