Virtual students visit campus to receive weekly books from the library.
The library at Creekside Elementary is a learning and gathering hub for the campus, most years. As with many things, it looks a little different this semester, but the library isn’t missing a beat. The importance of literacy is still being shared with students, in-person and virtual alike.
“While I love books, I have always enjoyed sharing my love of reading with my students,” Library Media Specialist Donna Sears said. “The joy in my job is seeing them excited about reading great books because I know it will impact their future.”
For students at home participating in virtual learning, a weekly trip to the school for their library books is a welcomed field trip.
“Students can request books through our Destiny program,” Sears said. “They can search the catalog by book cover, title, subject or author. The student then places a hold on the book.”
As these requests come in, the books are “checked-out” and put aside for pickup.
“A few parents have asked me to pull books for their children and I try to pull books that I know have been popular with those grades in the past,” Sears said. “On Mondays, from 10:30-11:30 a.m., parents drive up and the bags of books are delivered to their cars.”
The service and book selection has been a treat for virtual Creekside families.
“We read ‘Llama Llama Red Pajama’ last night and it was a big hit,” a parent shared through a Facebook comment. “Tonight is ‘Olivia and The Fairy Princesses.’ We can't wait for more books next week.”
Besides the exchange of books, this curbside pickup is also a chance for campus staff to share a friendly smile and wave with students they don’t get to see each day.
“The parents that participate have been very kind and appreciative that we are offering this service,” Sears said. “I received a card from one of the students and her mom. It was really sweet.”