Harlandale ISD libraries are more than a place to check out a book.
Stonewall Flanders Librarian Collette Knight celebrated National Libraries Day on April 12 by hosting makerspace activities in the library all day.
A makerspace is a collaborative work space for making, learning, sharing and exploring with tools that range from no tech to high tech.
“Makerspaces are kind of like the “in” thing for libraries,” Knight explained. “It’s just a way for us to tie in the literature to different activities and to give our kids the chance to experience other technologies that they may not get in other classes.”
The activities included building objects using magnets, legos, using literacy apps on ipads, reading along to audio, as well as playing literacy and math games on the computer. Older students used Lightbox technology to read books on science and social studies. Lightbox shows videos, quizzes, key words, vocabulary and many other features to keep students interested in the literature they are reading.
“The kiddos don’t actually feel like they’re reading,” Knight said. “It engages them and the technology pulls them in to the story.”
Knight added that all the activities support STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and mathematics) education.
Superintendent Rey Madrigal expressed his gratitude toward librarians earlier this week.
“By providing access to books, training students on the use of technology and research, and opening up a world of imagination and possibilities, our librarians transform lives every day,” Madrigal said. “These dedicated and caring professionals nurture our students to develop a passion for reading, provide career development resources, and equip our students to succeed in the digital age.”
He urged Harlandale staff to join him in thanking Connie Montalvo, Coordinator of Libraries & Instructional Materials, and all of Harlandale’s outstanding librarians.