April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week and April 6 is National Library Workers Day, created in 1958 to recognize the vital work of libraries and staff members for their contributions through education and lifelong learning.
Naomi Jader, who serves at Schlather Intermediate School, works with her fellow librarians at SCUC ISD to foster a love for reading. “A library is a living organism,” Jader says. “It’s constantly changing, based on students’ interests and popular books at the time.”
A normal school library is a beehive of activity, as students develop information-seeking skills and learn how to sort out good, credible information online and through periodicals. Librarians provide an atmosphere that fosters curiosity and encourages diverse interests among students.
Jader encourages realistic fiction for Schlather students who come from different backgrounds and experiences. “I like books that help (fifth and sixth grade) students see themselves in situations that they can relate to,” she says. She counts Kate DiCamillo, who penned Because of Winn-Dixie, and Rick Riordan, as among her favorite authors for students.
Librarian jobs, including those at SCUC ISD, which involve experience and skills in advanced research, information literacy instruction, technical services and administration requires a Master’s degree, an experience Jader calls, “grueling” after starting her career as a teacher.
Take a moment to thank all the school librarians, who offer opportunities for everyone to explore new worlds through access to technology, multimedia content, and educational programs.