School librarians – our Education Rock Stars!
Rustenburg – During the lockdown, we observed that several school librarians made the effort to stay connected with their learners through social media initiatives. Online storytelling sessions, competitions and reading challenges kept the bookworms busy at home.
Laerskool Rustenburg school librarians, who are known to be very good in multitasking with several skills, also provided support to the teachers when it came to setting up zoom sessions, virtual classrooms and assisting with communication in general.
It is now ‘back to school’ for our learners of South Africa, and like all the educators at school right now, school librarians are rising to the challenge of providing a service that adapts to the new restrictions – from remote learning and live-streaming book readings to providing a safe environment while schools reopen for the different grades. This is vital not just to maintain school life as normal as possible but for librarians to maintain a sense of purpose and importance of their role within school life.
Librarians are known for their excellent advocacy skills and this can be utilised when the different grades phase in. At Laerskool Rustenburg, school librarian René Schoombee organised the ‘welcome back reception’ for all the grades. This ranged from a more formal guard of honour for the Grade 7 learners to a festive party for the smaller learners. She made tik-tok videos to promote safe greetings amongst the learners and produced information videos with the safety protocol tips. By assisting with this she not only saved the school money by offering her services, it was also an excellent public relations exercise for the school library. She got the opportunity to connect with the learners before anyone else did. “It was special to be the one that could greet them at the school gates, side by side with our school principal,” said René.
It is often said that the school library is the heartbeat of a school, but now we can also agree that the school librarians managing them are Educational Rock Stars. We wish every school librarian the best of luck in adapting to the new normal, and may we continue to come up with innovative ways to promote reading and literacy in our schools!
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