Barrett Appreciates School Librarian Dan Redmond

Thank you Mr. Redmond for teaching Barrett students and supporting families and staff in the library!  From the APS website

April is National School Library Month, and April 23-29 is National Library Week.The National Library Week theme for 2023 is “There’s More To The Story.” Most people know about the wealth of stories available at the library, from picture books and large print to audiobooks and ebooks. But there’s so much more to the story of libraries.

School librarians support all learners within the school. They collaborate with their colleagues to engage students with diverse literature and texts as well as facilitate their learning around the effective and ethical use of information. Librarians also provide opportunities for students to collaborate, create and engage with their community through programs such as author visits, book clubs, and makerspaces. One of the most important jobs of a school librarian is to connect students with books that will turn them into readers and lifelong learners.

Our school libraries strive to create a safe and inclusive environment for all of our students. Students from around the world are educated in our schools and our libraries reflect this diverse population. We know that all students should be able to see themselves in a book as well as learn about others. With that in mind, librarians spend a lot of time reviewing and purchasing new books for their students. All books are professionally reviewed and carefully chosen to meet the needs of their students for academic enrichment and for the pleasure of getting lost in a good story. This collection development is also guided by diversity audits the librarians perform at least twice a year. Libraries are constantly evolving spaces, responding to the needs of our students and the curriculum. Our goal is to send our students out into the world to be critical thinkers, prepared to be members of their local and global communities.

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