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  • Library Media Services is delighted to share some of the wonderful adventures students are having in libraries throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. Every month we highlight several elementary and/or secondary school libraries. This provides an opportunity for each to share some of the exciting activities occurring throughout the school year.

    For the month of May, Library Media Services is pleased to announce that we have chosen to highlight the libraries at Anderson Elementary, Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High, Crawford Elementary, and Watershed Charter Schools.  

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    Introduction: Library Media Services would like to introduce Megan Douglas, library associate at Anderson Elementary School. My name is Megan Douglas and this is my third year as librarian at Anderson Elementary. I moved to Alaska with my family and have been at Anderson Elementary for a little over nine years. I was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and had the pleasure of living in Texas, England, and Alaska. As a military spouse and mother of one, I have a good understanding of what our students go through here on Eielson AFB. My goal in life is to help children, whether that means learning to love reading, how to read, or finding their niche in the world. I have a B.A. in Child and Family Development.

    News: There are so many new changes at the Anderson Library! Ms. Douglas and students can now use the circulation desk for its intended purpose, after it was dropped down 5 inches to accommodate the younger grades.New activity tables and stump stools were bought for the library to help with the new integration of "The Daily 5"!

     AND Library       AND Library  
    April Activities: Students at Anderson Elementary love reading and acting out poetry using their emotions. During library time, Mrs. Douglas and students also talked about being a military child and making new friends everywhere they go. They talked about when one friend leaves they are never forgotten, even when a new friend comes along.

    May Activities: During the last few weeks of the school year, students will have the opportunity to explore many of the resources available to them throughout the summer. They will also be taking an adventure on a school-wide field trip, as well as the all-day Field Day.

    Additional Information: Thanks to a recent Read-A-Thon Fundraiser, Anderson Library raised almost $1,200!  This money will go towards updating the school library. Plans are in the works for a more personalized learning space within the library. This will bring in a center-based feel to make the transition go more smoothly throughout the whole school. For more information, visit Anderson Library’s website.

  • Introduction: Library Media Services would like to introduce Mariko Kinikin, Ben Eielson’s librarian, and library assistant Sara O’Hare: Mariko Kinikin: This is my first year in the library, but my second at Ben Eielson, my fifth in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, and my fifteenth year teaching in Alaska. I came to the Eielson library after my time as an ITT (Instructional Technology Teacher) for the district. Nancy Woodward (Eielson's previous librarian) and I worked together to win the 2016 Follett Challenge, a grant that was awarded last year, but applied this year. I play bari sax in a jazz band and listen to non-fiction audiobooks constantly. Sara O'Hare: Sara is a recent graduate from UAF, where she got her bachelor's degree in Japanese Studies. This is her first year working at Eielson and for the school district. She worked all four years she attended UAF at the Rasmuson Library, and has previous public library experience at the Nampa Public Library in Nampa, Idaho. Her favorite book is Master of None by N. Lee Wood.

    Ms. Kinikin & Ms. O'Hare  
     Sara O'Hare & Mariko Kiniki

    April Activities: Ms. Kinikin and Ms. O’Hare have been hosting Open Mic Coffee House nights at the library. Some of these events are library sponsored, and some are co-sponsored with another department, such as the music or the art department.  

    BEH Students  
    School Year Activities: Ben Eielson Library’s biggest event this school year has been the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow grant contest. Students worked on a STEM project through the sponsorship of the library. Eielson won the state division, netting the library a $25,000 technology prize package, but didn't move into the national top 10. The heartening thing, though, is that even though their part in the contest is over, students still return to the library to work on their Arduino sensor projects. Grant money infusions allowed the Eielson Library to expand its STEM makerspace offerings, which are rolling out on a limited basis in preparation for use in larger classroom settings. Small groups of students have been working with 3D printers, Arduino microcontrollers, Cubelet robots, and Ozobots during Student Support Period, lunch, and after school. While the students are engaging in exploratory activities and play, the staff is watching to see the durability, workflow, and curricular possibilities.As part of the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow grant winnings, Eielson Library was given a Platinum subscription to the Nepris App, which connects industry with classrooms. The library has hosted over 15 industry sessions this semester, with professionals answering questions regarding such topics as propulsion in space to offering guitar playing critiques.
    BEH Students    BEH Student  

    New Books: The Follett Challenge grant money Eielson Library received has allowed Ms. Kinikin to significantly expand the manga section. New, complete sets of Nana, Jiu Jiu, Children of the Sea, Library Wars, Tegami Bachi, Gate 7, Nausicaa, Assassination Classroom, Maximum Ride: The Manga, and Ikigami are available for checkout! The Follett Challenge grant also allowed the library to complete every existing series on its shelves. There is also a complete set of TinTin graphic novels in English, Spanish, French, and Japanese, for those wishing to teach themselves another language and for ELL students to checkout. 

    BEH Library

    Additional Information: For more information, visit Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High Library’s website.

  • Introduction: Library Media Services would like to introduce Cemlyn Larsen, Crawford Elementary’s library media associate. My name is Cemlyn Larsen. This is my seventh year at Crawford Elementary as the Library Media Associate. Previously, I worked seven years as the library assistant at Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School. For three years, while at Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School, I was the musical director for the plays put on by the school. I also taught junior and senior high choir for one year. I have a Bachelor’s degree in ethnomusicology from Bethel University in St Paul, Minnesota. After graduating from college I moved to Alaska and worked awhile in my Aunt and Uncle’s store, Beaver Sports, then worked at the Salmon Bake for a season. The US Postal Service was my place of employment for 14 years, but then I wanted to spend more time raising our family. When my son started school, I began subbing in the schools. After several years I put in for the library assistant position and have been working in the libraries ever since. I have two children already grown, and am expecting to be a grandma later this year. Knitting, gardening, and exercising are some things I enjoy, but reading has been my lifelong love: so many places to go, things to learn and imagine. Some of my favorite genres are biography, historical fiction, mystery, and adventure. This love for reading is something I strive to pass on to the students at Crawford Elementary. Reading picture books to the classes is a joy for me. Getting students interested in reading is a pleasure. Seeing students excited about reading and learning is the goal. Making learning fun makes everyone happy. This year I have had a marvelous parent helper who has processed new books, checked in and shelved books, prepared book club and book fair flyers, and helped process discarded books. She has a son in kindergarten at Anderson this year. She comes in twice a week for a total of 8 hours a week and has made my job easier. Thank you Eleni for your hard work. 

    Ms. Larsen  

    April Activities: The librarian from Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High School, Mariko Kinikin, spent a day at the end of March at Crawford Library. With her help students began a two week long states project. Ms. Larsen and Ms. Kinikin highlighted several Learning Links websites for students to use: CultureGrams and World Book. Students also used a set of 20 year old states books that were discarded, for cutting out pictures. Each student chose a state where they previously lived or visited, created a collage in the shape of the state and wrote several facts about that state. They then wrote a paragraph describing a good or fun memory. Their smaller collages were then put on a big United States outline of a map and are displayed around the school.

    CRW States Project     CRW States Project  

    May Activities: Crawford Library will be hosting a BOGO scholastic book fair the second week of May. This will be the third book fair this year. Students are excited about this one, because they buy one book and then get the second book for free. The school will also have a family skate night during the week as well. Families will be able to take a break from skating to shop for books. 

    Other Activities: For International Dot Day, students in each class were given a circle to design as they wanted. These were then put on banners and Ms. Larsen has decorated the school walls with them. The library is open during lunch and recess for students to visit and read, work on homework when they are behind, or use some of the library centers that Ms. Larsen has been collecting items for and putting together. Puzzles have been a very popular item this year. 

    CRW Library   CRW Library

    New Books: Raising students' awareness of people everywhere in the world and being good stewards of Earth's resources has been a big part of the library this year. To this end, Ms. Larsen has read the following books with classes and they had great discussions:  If the World Were a Village : a Book about the World's People by David J. Smith, and One Well : the Story of Water on Earth by Rochelle Strauss.

    Additional Information: As the school district moves towards personalized learning, Ms. Larsen has begun making changes in the library. As a result, there will be more area for student centers, computers will be moved, and books consolidated and moved to create more open spaces. Ms. Larsen is excited to make some changes as we move in new directions as a district.For more information, visit Crawford Library's website.


    Introduction: Library Media Services would like to introduce Watershed’s library media associate, Amy Kulp. Ever heard of the book My Librarian is a Camel? Well, I should write a book about my adventures as the skiing/hiking/biking/baking Librarian here at Watershed. I have had the privilege of being a part of the Watershed community for 4 years, and enjoy working with Kindergarten through 8th grade. What a blast! I am grateful for the aides that make the library run smoothly and look beautiful: April George and Lynn Malzahn. I also appreciate the many parent volunteers that work faithfully behind the scenes!

    Amy Kulp & Sue Peterson  

    Library Activities: Watershed Library is used every day for reading groups, tutoring, study hall, testing, etc. It is a happening place!  

     WSD Library    WSD Students  
    Watershed Library hosted the 3rd Annual Watershed Poetry Contest in April! Students K-8 tried their hand at poetry, and the entries were compiled into a book that is kept in the library. Nearly one half of the school participated in weekly practices for Battle of the Books. Watershed had teams at all levels compete in the District Battle. The middle school team won at the District Battle of the Books and went on to compete the 2016-2017 Alaska competition!
    WSD Battle of the Books Team    WSD Volunteers

    Can you say "Spring Cleaning"? Watershed Library is nearing a 100% complete in its transition to the District’s Destiny system, and Ms. Kulp hopes to be done by Fall 2017. Watershed recently completed an inventory of the library, and helpers could be seen sporting their scanner holsters! Thank you to all the  parent volunteers who helped make this happen.

    Additional Information: For more information, visit Watershed Library's website.