Collaboration with Public Libraries

from Dawn Nelson, School Library Media Specialist, Oak View Elementary School

Here in Hennepin county we have a public librarian, Nina Shimmin, who has been a fabulous partner. She comes to our school district media team meetings with info. She developed a program with one of our elementary librarians to bring books appropriate for higher level readers right to the school where they could check them out. We nominated her for an MLA award, which she received. Now they are partnering with a school district here in the Minneapolis area, Hopkins Public Schools, participating in the White House ConnectED Library Challenge. They have developed ways to facilitate every student getting library cards and increasing awareness of library resources. They are looking for another partner district and have contacted us in Osseo.

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