This year, Mr. Ellis-Lee and I again brought the senior AP Government class to see Professor Carl Andrews, a librarian at Bronx Community College. Professor Andrews helped our students examine a college syllabus and navigate the college's database collection to help them find materials for their research paper. The students found some great sources and Mr. Ellis-Lee and I were thrilled to have the research skills we've been teaching reinforced.
I went with Mr. Kozak and his students to see an exhibit at the Guggenheim Museum. I loved listening to the students talk about the exhibit with such authority--their preparedness was a real testament to Mr. Kozak's teaching.
Last fall, the Office of Library Services debuted the city-wide reading program called NYC Reads 365. This program had librarians from all over NYC using the expertise to craft a reading list for each grade level of the best books for independent reading. I was again fortunate to work on the grades 11-12 list. We also received a grant from the Office of Library Services that gave our library all of the books from the 9-10 and 11-12 list. I put special NYC Reads 365 labels on all of the books and challenged students to read as many as possible.
Also, we were fortunate enough to have our Outreach librarian and Riverside's Teen Librarian from the New York Public Library attend both our Fall and Spring Open School night and afternoon sessions. They reached out to hundreds of students and parents, providing information about library cards, free wifi, programming, SAT Prep and more.
This year, we debuted our brand new library! Many years in the making, our construction was finally complete and I, along with the Office of Library Services, spent part of August transferring the books from the old library into the new library, organizing the room and getting everything ready for the first day of school. Our students were amazing by how incredible the space is and I feel lucky to work here every day!
Thanks to our partnership with New York Public Library through the MyLibraryNYC program, we were able to once againparticipate in the New York City Teen Author Fest's annual All City Read. We had five YA authors come and read from their novels for Ms. Scarfi's E2 class. The students had so much fun and the authors generously donated copies of their books to our new library!
Finally, we ended our school year with a bang! I decided to throw a Summer Reading Kickoff Celebration in the library, with trivia and bracelet making and bookmark designing. It was a big success--we had hundreds of students in attendance, gave out probably close to 70 free books, and caused friendship bracelet making fever to catch on! I am thankful to Ms. Freund, Ms. Reyes, Ms. Carr, Mr. Yarmy, Ms. Madera, Ms. Alfonso, Ms. Fryer, Ms. Felicier and Mr. Noonan for showing their support!