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Osseo Area Schools celebrates School Library Month

Each year in April, media centers in schools around the district celebrate School Library Month. During this month and all school year, library media specialists find unique ways to get students engaged in reading and encourage a passion for learning. 

Maple Grove Senior High School  

During School Library Month, a Maple Grove Senior High (MGSH) student-led book group invited author Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé to meet virtually to discuss her book Ace of Spades.

Library media specialist Kim Haugo played a key role in organizing the online author visit. Haugo loves organizing author visits because it opens possibilities for students to see paths for their future. 

The first author visit was successful, and showed possible opportunities to expand. Haugo continues to make connections with other students and staff at Osseo Area Schools to provide impeccable service, and the media center continues to serve students as a safe space to spend time. During Crimson hour, more than 170 students utilize the space to play games, hang out, and read. 

“I just try to make this a super inclusive place, and we just try to celebrate the joy of reading,” Haugo concluded.

Read more about how MGSH celebrated School Library Month

Fair Oaks Elementary School

Second graders at Fair Oaks Elementary School participated in various Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-related activities, led by Library Media Specialist Rachel Ortiz, during a recent visit to their media center during School Library Month. 

Students learned about and discussed important STEM lessons from Ortiz, including what a hypothesis is and the qualities of a good scientist. They conducted an experiment using a skittle and water, and then broke into small groups to participate in other STEM station activities, such as working together to complete puzzles, building animals that could move, completing construction challenges, using Kiva Planks to learn about architecture, building with straws, cup stacking, building a fort using blocks, and creating a mosaic out of stickers.

“The library gives students a chance to find their strengths and interests, whether that be through a book or using some of our hands-on STEM materials. I really do believe I have the best job,” Ortiz said.

Read more about how Fair Oaks Elementary School celebrated School Library Month

Fernbrook Elementary School

At Fernbrook Elementary School, library media specialist Jennifer Malecha helps to expand her scholars’ knowledge with all of the different resources at their disposal. 

The Fernbrook media center has both a large print collection and an extensive online electronic book collection. When students come to the library, they learn both how to find the physical books but also how to utilize online resources. They also spend time learning about digital citizenship and how to be responsible with their devices.

“The kids here are so enthusiastic about books. It is not a challenge getting them engaged, because they are so excited to come here,” Malecha said. “I think that is the part of the job I love the most, building on that excitement and developing a collection of resources that the kids are excited to check out and meet the staff needs for curriculum.”

Read more about how Fernbrook Elementary School celebrated School Library Month