School Libraries Matter

A thriving school library program is the heart of a school, whether in-person or online.  Here we serve every student and school community member by developing literacy, information and technology skills, social-emotional wellbeing and a true, lifelong love of reading. By providing high quality reading, information and digital resources, we ensure that all students have equitable access to what they need to succeed and flourish.

Learn how we can help strengthen your school library program today.

School Librarian Network

Are you interested in gaining skills, sharing resources and connecting with other librarians?  Join our monthly School Library Network, where we talk about best practices, literacy development, activities, technology, collection development, and student engagement.

For the 2020-21 school year, there is a monthly one-hour gathering.  There will be a monthly topic as well as time for open sharing and connecting.  Choose between morning (Tuesdays 10 a.m.) or afternoon (Thursdays 2 p.m.) sessions. 

Bring questions, wonderings and a favorite resource to share!

Dates and Topics:

Nov. 10/12 – Library services online (and on wheels!)

Dec. 8/10 – Collection development (auditing, weeding, selection)

Jan. 12/14 – TBD

Feb. 9/11 – TBD

Mar. 9/11 – TBD

Apr. 8/13 – TBD

May 11/13 – TBD

Contact Ryan Keller at rkeller@hcoe.org with questions or for Zoom link information.

School library network flyer

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is here!  As you pick out books to share with students and consult with teachers developing curriculum, check out these helpful resources.

The best way to learn about local tribes is to reach out to them directly.  Some of our local tribes can be found online:

Hoopa Valley Tribe Yurok Tribe Wiyot Tribe Karuk Tribe Tolowa Tribe


Beyond Pilgrim Hats and Turkey Hands: Using Thanksgiving to Promote Citizenship and Activism
– this article from the National Council for the Social Studies discusses the traditional, and sometimes problematic, ways that the “first” Thanksgiving has been taught to elementary school students.  The authors offer strategies to reinvigorate curriculum for this holiday with both a critical lens and more meaningful connections to civic responsibility and activism.

American Indians in Children’s Literature – Dr. Debbie Reese, of the Nambe Pueblo tribe, is a scholar on the topic of indigenous representation in children’t literature.  Through her extensive blog you will find book reviews and recommended reading lists.

Teaching Tolerance has a searchable database with many readings and learning plans to support teaching Thanksgiving critially and respectfully.

A list of recommended children’s literature for teaching about Thanksgiving.

And even more timely topics from our friends at Teaching Books.