Welcome back to school, Redwood Day! The Library is thrilled to start the 2023-2024 school year with you. We have some great things planned for this year that are going to be exciting for the students and the community, including Battle of the Books and Graphic Novel Writing Month!
This year, the Library will be open during most recesses to provide a space for reading, games, and other fun activities. Lower school will enjoy a monthly recess party that will include craft and play activities. Middle School can look forward to book clubs, wellness classes, and author visits. And, as always, lower school students will come into the library to enjoy lessons that revolve around literacy, research, and digital citizenship.
About Jessie: I’m Jessie, the new library assistant, and I’ll be teaching the K-2 library classes this year. As a longtime educator and the parent of a 1st and 4th grader, I am so excited to have this opportunity to bring my passion and experience with children’s literature to work. As my own kids have grown, I’ve loved exploring picture books, non-fiction texts (although that dinosaur phase lasted a little longer than I needed it to), graphic novels, and middle grades fiction with them, and I can’t wait to dive back into many of my favorites, as well as discovering lots of new ones this year. Much of my background is in middle school English, and it’s already been so uplifting to experience the joy and energy our youngest students bring to school and to the library. In my spare time, I enjoy sewing, knitting, and getting out in nature. I’m also a mending enthusiast, so if you have a favorite garment that’s seen better days and you’re looking for advice on repairing it, swing by the library for a consultation! Fair warning: You may also leave with a book or two.
: I am the K-8 Librarian teaching grade 3-5 library classes and grade 6-8 wellness and life skills classes focused on digital citizenship and media literacy with Shauna Barnett, our Technology Integration Specialist. My two decades in education include teaching middle and high school humanities, serving as an instructional technology teacher on special assignment, and working in school libraries. I am an active member of the Bay Area Independent School Librarians and the California School Library Association. My former colleague and I received the 2023 American Association of School Librarians Roald Dahl Miss Honey Social Justice Award. As a KQED Media Literacy Innovator and PBS Certified Media Literacy Educator, I facilitate professional development for educators. My hobbies include bullet journaling, cooking, jogging, hiking, biking, yoga, salsa, Zumba, and more.
We look forward to a year filled with reading, learning, and fun!