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What is the Monthly Library Challenge?

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The Monthly Library Challenge is a fun way for School Librarians to make their libraries even better! Each month of the school year, we feature a different theme. There is a FaceBook Live video to introduce the theme and challenge tasks for your library. If you complete all the tasks for that month, you can enter to win a $50 TPT or Amazon gift card. Cool, huh?

WHO AM I?

I am an 18-year library veteran with a MLS from University of North Texas. I’ve served libraries from PreK-Grade 12 in Texas and in two cities in China. I also taught 7th grade English in Texas prior to becoming a school librarian.

My “sweet spot” tends to be upper-elementary and middle school grades. I have worked in two IB libraries and am also familiar with Cambridge (one of my libraries in China was at a British international school). I’ve worked closely with PYP Exhibition, MYP Personal Projects, and DP Extended Essay. I was especially involved in the IBCP program as a mentor teacher for the Reflective Project for Production Arts, plus I taught a weekly research skills course that was required for all IBCP students.

HISTORY OF OUR GROUP

I left my school library in China after the end of the 2019 school year to homeschool my two boys. Looking for a way to continue to stay active in the library field, I started the Monthly Library Challenge FaceBook Group so I could continue to give back to my beloved school library community. I knew I would miss my library colleagues, so I wanted to create a place where I could cheer on my fellow librarians and offer my experience to those who need help.

Our first Monthly Challenge was in September 2019. We started with the topic of Library Selection & Reconsideration Policies. That very first Monthly Challenge only had about 50 participants. We did eight challenges last year, and looking ahead to 2020-21, I’ve scheduled nine challenges. My how we’ve grown! Just a year into this journey, we are well over 1500 participants and still growing every day.

Other past topics have included Increasing Library Engagement, Genrefication, Dealing with Difficult Library Classes, Using Boom Cards, and Summer Reading Promotion.

2020-2021 CHALLENGE LIST:

WHAT DOES IT COST?

Joining the group is totally free, with no strings attached.

DO I HAVE TO DO EVERY CHALLENGE?

Definitely not. You can do as many or as few challenges as you like. Some challenges might not work for your library, or maybe you just don’t have the time to manage it right now. I’m here because I want to help you. I do not want the challenges to be a source of stress, and I will not kick you out of the group for not doing the challenges.

HOW WILL YOU KNOW I COMPLETED A CHALLENGE?

At the beginning of each challenge, I will add a Rafflecopter drawing link in the FaceBook group. Once you complete the challenge, you can enter the Rafflecopter to let me know you have finished. This will also enter you in the drawing for the $50 gift card. I will announce the gift card winner in the FaceBook Live for the next month’s challenge.

Entering the drawing is an honor system. It goes without saying that if you didn’t complete the challenge, you should not enter. This has not been a problem in the past, so hopefully, everyone will continue to be professional about it.

HOW DO I JOIN?

You can click here to request to join the group. Members should be involved in the library in some capacity, so be sure to answer the questions about your library in order to be approved. If I cannot verify that you are affiliated with the library through your answers, I will not accept your request.

“Affiliated with the library in some way” includes current and future library students, teachers thinking about going into the library, library aides, parent library volunteers, retired librarians, and of course, current librarians. My focus is school librarians in particular, but public librarians are also welcome to join us!

 

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