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Schools and Public Libraries working together - Shared screen with speaker view
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
23:07
We visit every school in town, but I'm thinking that we may have to do virtual visits this year...but working with the schools is going to be more important than ever this year!
Jennifer Needham
23:12
What is summer going to look like this year?
Jennifer @ Cragin
23:40
I have a cool program with the elementary school that's part of our summer reading program
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
23:48
School Librarian and I make videos from public library to promote programs. Field trips. Class visits
Jennifer Needham
23:52
Last year I both visited and made videos.
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
24:13
we. is it them as wel but we’re thinking make a video and ask principals/superintendent to share with parents
Sarah - Bristol
24:33
Bristol has a great relationship too. We go out to all of our many schools and do programming. We also have principals doing crafts and games in collaboration with us right now too.
Margaret NHFPL
24:42
In New Haven, each branch works with the schools most closely located to them (clusters); we meet once a month with all of the LMS's and review SRP and best ways to support each other, and we maintain year-long contact with the LMS's in general
Michelle Farella
24:47
Assuming that kids don't go back to physical school, how do we make connections with the schools?
Steve Zampino
24:53
It’s up in the air in Stamford
Marisa Avon Library
24:55
we usually do booktalks in person to grades 5 & 6. We're going to do video booktalks from all of our kids dept.
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
25:01
should say we. visit schools as well and I don’t know why my name has disappeared
Jennifer @ Cragin
25:02
I think we will start planning for a plan B or virtual programs
Sarah - Bristol
25:05
BRistol is still planning - we are unsure what our plans will go to - But we will be ready if a cure is found....
Bina-North Branch BPort
25:08
we have to revinvent ourselves and our summer read
Margaret NHFPL
25:32
No one has said anything yet, but our SRP task fore may be moving to a digital format---which has been a hard transition to try in New HAven in the past
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
25:32
Guess we will use ReadSquared even though we usually do traditional and offer online as an alternative.
T Carvalho
25:47
Danbury Library - for summer reading outreach, we make an effort to visit all the schools to drum up excitement for our programs and for the Mayor's Reading Challenge. I typically create a fun slideshow in PowerPoint.
Lisa - Willimantic
25:52
We cancelled our big summer reading kickoff but the rest of the program is still up in the air
Linda- Hartford Public Library
25:55
Hartford has an awesome relationship with the schools with Boundless
Michele Kaminski- South Windsor
25:55
In South Windsor, we do Outreach at the schools and we work with the schools to share information.
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
26:36
A joint meeting would be a great idea
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
26:48
no idea
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
26:50
We're trying to plan what summer reading programming will be both in-person and virtually so we'll be somewhat prepared either way.
Tracy Danbury Library
26:55
WE haven't heard anything yet
Bina-North Branch BPort
26:59
we are just at the start of this transition
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
27:36
We are already seeing a big jump in use of our digital collections
Marisa Avon Library
27:40
the 5th and 6th grade media specialist has reached out and we're having a phone call tomorrow about our booktalk videos.
Marisa Avon Library
27:59
But I haven't heard anything for a week from my emailing my 7th and 8th grade media specialist...…..?
Jennifer Needham
28:09
We’re waiting to hear from our town.
Colleen King-Bill Memorial, Groton
28:15
Our schools aren’t even sure if they are going to be having summer school.
Bina-North Branch BPort
28:25
we will try to acquire as many ebook versions of our SR lists of books.
Bina-North Branch BPort
28:32
and audiobooks
Bina-North Branch BPort
29:05
Mary Beth--which Library?
Steve Zampino
29:05
Stamford is also acquiring many ebooks to support the summer
Linda Williams - Retired/East Hartford PT
29:14
Seems to me that we are uniquely positioned to make a plea to schools to get on board with whatever plans we have, considering summer learning loss may have started in March!
Myla Perrelli- Guilford
29:20
Mary Beth is at the Easton Library
Colleen King-Bill Memorial, Groton
29:40
I love the idea of videos!
Jennifer Needham
29:48
iMovie
Judy Griswold Elementary School
29:52
I told my administrators that I was attending this unconference for ideas. If anyone from Slater in Jewett City is on here I love Mary Beth's idea.
Sarah - Bristol
29:53
Bristol is in the process of making a Summer commercial to advertise what we are anticipating doing as well. We will post this online and give it to schools to share with their families.
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
30:00
smart phone
Meg - Meriden
30:25
I think we also have to keep in mind that we really have to be patient with teachers/media specialists because right now their main concern is how to make everything work, and they've been taking on so much more than normally
Jennifer @ Cragin
30:31
A silver lining from all this might be a better partnership with the schools and more collaboration
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
31:03
Absolutely true, Meg.
Linda Williams - Retired/East Hartford PT
31:04
Agree, Jennifer!
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
31:05
A little worried because already signed contracts for performers
Amanda Welsh
31:05
WeVideo is a good free site for editing videos
Judy Griswold Elementary School
31:53
Schools right now are very overwhelmed trying to get technology to all families. I suggested using Tumblebooks for students and was kind of told let's talk about that in May.
Michelle Turbak - Edith Wheeler Memorial Library
31:58
I am sort of regretting having planned my entire program and having booked all of my performers by the beginning of February.
Tracy Danbury Library
32:11
We also have summer all planned and finished. I am going to reach out to our performers and see if they will offer any online version.
Tracy Danbury Library
33:16
Question to the School Librarians....how are your districts feeling? Are they very overwhelmed or reaching out for help?
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
34:08
Very overwhelmed.
Judy Griswold Elementary School
34:36
Great ideas-yes we school media specialists love to collaborate but need to wait until it gets closer to summer.
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
34:58
At the very beginning they were frantic for info about resources but it's all about the right now, not yet planning for the summer
Colleen King-Bill Memorial, Groton
35:36
My school has been very overwhelmed. We are just trying to get internet hotspots out to the students because some of them don’t have wifi. I’ve been reaching out to teachers but getting responses from admin has been very difficult because they have so much on their plates already
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
35:52
Figured I'd wait until things are settled down before I approach school librarian.
Emily - Cromwell
36:08
That's what I'm considering too Rebecca
Judy Griswold Elementary School
36:18
👍
Jennifer: Portland
36:19
I'm worried about balancing online activities with offline activities. We started distance learning early. I think 3/16 was the first day...and my families are starting to say that they're sick of their kids being on the computer all the time and would prefer offline outdoor activities.
Bina-North Branch BPort
36:31
we had hoped to do a lunch with media specialists too but then Cory arrived...
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
37:00
I don't plan to start online reading incentive until kids are done with school.
Kristine- Easton
37:03
We are trying to do more massive programs so kids don’t need to be on screens even more time during the day.
Coralie~ Henry Carter Hull, Clinton
37:37
I am very good friends with the elementary school librarian and she is completely overwhelmed. I do not plan to reach out to her about promoting our program, whatever that me be, for quite awhile.
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
37:39
What types of massive programs?
Jennifer: Portland
37:47
Kristine, what types of programs? I would love to hear what types of offline programs people are doing.
Patti Brady-Lux-Farmington
37:52
Seems like every library should have a "hopeful" plan A and a plan B incase we are not open to the public
Jennifer Needham
38:28
Is anyone else concerned about holding programs in person this summer?
Kristine- Easton
38:46
scavenger hunts, family baking challenge (post pictures) I Spy challenges, poetry writing. We’re trying ti think of more.
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
39:02
Yes - even if our library is open during the summer, our director is concerned about having large programs.
Bina-North Branch BPort
39:29
If our libraries are physically closed, how to we mass produce brochures etc. to hand out?
Cathy Potter
40:00
Yes-we’re concerned about the number of attendees at programs and what types of programs we offer.
Bina-North Branch BPort
40:00
We are not allowed to set foot into any city buildins
Bina-North Branch BPort
40:33
Our stats for the year have flown to h*ll
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
41:16
Bina - can the brochures be distributed digitally?
Bina-North Branch BPort
41:23
Free book handouts can help but is limited by what the donors can provide
Jennifer-NHFPL
41:55
If we are doing digital books, many online collections have a limit of how many books can be borrowed
Bina-North Branch BPort
41:56
Janice...yes but there are tons of people without computers or smart phones/tablets.
Evelyn- Bristol Manross
42:04
What about ads in local newspapers to distribute brochures/information?
Bina-North Branch BPort
42:56
PSAs on radio and tv. Kym--can state lib create at PSA about libraries to spread widely>?
Jennifer: Portland
43:02
Someone mentioned yesterday that grocery stores may be our biggest allies because we know they will stay open. We can maybe leave flyers or post on their community boards.
Jennifer: Portland
44:12
I've been emailing the school librarians
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
44:16
emailing some librarians and the head of curriculum
Michele Kaminski- South Windsor
44:19
Along the line of what Jennifer inn Portland said, I have been hearing from teacher friends that som of their families are feeling overwhelmed, especially those in lower income brackets / and ones whose parents are still working out of the house (nursing, stores, etc) who don't have the help to do schoolwork, but also with dealing with being isolated --some are coming up with Wellness Wednesday --as a day for kids to just relax
Kymberlee Powe
45:00
I see you Mary Beth, You'll be next
Kristine- Easton
45:06
I would love to know more about Wellness Wednesdays
Jennifer: Portland
45:06
I love the idea of Wellness Wednesday.
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
45:08
I plan to contact school librarians via email once things settle down
Marisa Avon Library
45:10
for the 5th and 6th grade school, we have a great casual email relationship. We will do a phone meeting tomorrow about summer, but again, the middle school I haven't heard anything (I know you're busy) but the rising 6th graders will be 7th graders and we don't know what books they will need to read
Kymberlee Powe
45:44
Mary Beth and then Jennifer from NH
Jennifer: Portland
46:20
I think I had seen Middletown posted on IG that they were doing a fun spirit week for kids during Spring Break next week....that's something fun that gives a sense of "normalcy" to kids. Did I see a Middletown person here?
Cathy Potter
47:02
Great idea Michele! I’m going to share out activities from our Mindful Mondays program.
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
47:28
We are about to plan next week - Wallingford is on spring break. I want to do some fun things for the kids. Any ideas out there?
Meg - Meriden
48:17
Our school librarian also immediately emailed me when schools went digital specifically for access to Tumblebooks--- if you dont' already have it it's free to sign up for your library until August
Emily - Cromwell
49:23
We're looking a lot at Hoopla's Bonus Borrows
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
49:38
We expanded Hoopla borrows
Emily - Cromwell
49:39
Among other things
Emily - East Haven
49:57
We doubled the amount of borrows available on Hoopla
Kymberlee Powe
49:59
Bradley.bullis@ct.gov
Meg - Meriden
50:03
allocate physical book funds to more checkouts and ebooks If you can
Tracy Danbury Library
50:14
We have expanded our Hoopla borrows as well.
April - East Hampton
50:37
we've expanded too
Jennifer Needham
51:04
I’ve taken some $$ from my book budget and am purchasing more eBooks just for our patrons. It’ll only go so far, though.
Linda Williams - Retired/East Hartford PT
51:34
And many libraries cannot afford Hoopla...
Sharon Cerasoli
53:00
Brad Bullis is awesome.. worked with him in New Haven
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
56:49
yes , TumbleBooks too including TeenBookCloud
Nike- Old Lyme Library
56:58
What about promoting these great offline activities?
Elizabeth Doran
57:05
what was the first thing you did to start the relationship.
Bina-North Branch BPort
57:09
volume seems to have dropped. Can people speak a little louder
Kymberlee Powe
57:36
https://libguides.ctstatelibrary.org/dld/children/summerreading
deirdreajohnson
57:39
I have a question about Zoom - I was thinking about how to get Mythology Mondays online, and would love to get people’s ideas.
Kymberlee Powe
59:02
I like that question Elizabeth, I'll try to squeeze that in.
Emily - Cromwell
59:35
I saw an article that New York City's DOE told schools to stop using Zoom
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
59:40
schools in Wallingford aren't using Zoom, but we have put in more limitations for library
Emily - Cromwell
59:42
Haven't heard about other places yet
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
59:54
Our district uses Google Meet
Elizabeth Doran
59:54
stratford library has a specific account for zoom.
Rebecca: East Lyme PL
01:00:04
What is Castle?
Tracy Danbury Library
01:00:04
We have been asked to stop using zoom as well
Amy-Farmington/Barney
01:00:11
Farmington only does google classroom
Elizabeth Doran
01:00:14
when everyone does there programs we have to use that cite only
Bina-North Branch BPort
01:00:18
bport has a zoom acct
Bina-North Branch BPort
01:00:39
can someone post what happened with zoom?
Jennifer @ Cragin
01:00:48
CSTL is the school librarian CT group
Elizabeth Doran
01:00:51
what's see saw
Kristine- Easton
01:00:53
some districts do not allow Zoom.
Meg - Meriden
01:00:54
There are a lot of privacy issues popping up, Bina
Michele Kaminski- South Windsor
01:00:59
Has anyone used Flipboard for keeping connected with patrons?
Jennifer: Portland
01:01:02
I thought Google Hangouts had a limit of 10 attendees? Is that true? Not sure about Google Meet....
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
01:01:20
We've had 70+ people on our Google Meets
Nike- Old Lyme Library
01:01:32
zoom has privacy and security issues, apparently stuff that should be industry standard at this point?
deirdreajohnson
01:01:39
Google meet can do a large group
Jennifer: Portland
01:01:49
Ok, thanks :)
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:02:27
yes we emailed them
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
01:02:57
I think you just have to keep trying and find the person who will help
deirdreajohnson
01:03:05
I emailed and called. And we have some very proactive School Media Specialists in Danbury - they reached out to me.
Jennifer: Portland
01:03:07
I used to work in the school library so I already had a good relationship with them.
Michele Kaminski- South Windsor
01:03:15
We have an Outreach Librarian that had been working with schools for years, so was already in place here in SW
deirdreajohnson
01:03:41
Yes, we have outreach people in Danbury, too.
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
01:03:47
I've seen a big difference in relationships depending on who is currently the library director and who's in the public library positions. The emails start the ball rolling but then in person meetings really help
Bina-North Branch BPort
01:04:09
our relationship with schools is a yo yo. depends on who is in literacy dept.
Sarah - Bristol
01:04:12
Bristol encourages the principals to compete with each other... My school is going to be #1 and then the library supports that with an assembly for the winning school. When we go in the spring to promote summer reading in the schools - we have a great incentive for the kids.... such as a dunk tank for the principal etc. and the kids really respond to that.
Linda- Hartford Public Library
01:04:16
We also have outreach department
Cathy Potter
01:04:16
ditto for Outreach
Mary Beth Rassulo -Easton
01:04:29
Thank you, Kym!!
Bina-North Branch BPort
01:04:32
we are our own outreach depts.
Catherine Stricklan
01:04:34
time is a social construct hahahah
Elizabeth Doran
01:04:39
thanks awesome!
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
01:04:51
It would really help for public libraries to work closely with the school librarians to determine the databases so we don't overlap and can expand our collective offerings
Jennifer Needham
01:04:52
Thank you!
Amy Berkun
01:04:54
thanks everyone and Kym!!
Di - Westport
01:04:56
Thanks Kym!!
Myla Perrelli- Guilford
01:05:02
Thank you Kym!!!
Maria-West Haven
01:05:03
thank you, Kym!!
Marisa Avon Library
01:05:08
Thanks Kym!
Emily - East Haven
01:05:09
Thank you!
Bina-North Branch BPort
01:05:10
thanks...see you shortly!
T Carvalho
01:05:12
Thank you, Kym!
Matt - Westport Library
01:05:13
Thanks, Kym!
Michele Kaminski- South Windsor
01:05:13
Thank you Kym!
deirdreajohnson
01:05:14
Thank you SO much!!
Sarah - Bristol
01:05:16
thank you... see you at 2:30
Sharon Cerasoli
01:05:17
thank you Kym!!!
Jennifer Fairfield
01:05:20
Thanks alum!
Elizabeth Doran
01:05:22
thank you
Allison Murphy-Wallingford
01:05:23
thanks!
Janice Pellegrino Stratford Library Association
01:05:31
TY bye!
Linda Williams - Retired/East Hartford PT
01:05:34
thanks!