Mayor Karl Dean made a pit stop at Old Center Elementary Nov. 1 to read to kindergarten students in recognition of National Family Literacy Day. The Mayor read the book “What To Do If An Elephant Stands On Your Foot.” All kindergarten students also received a copy of the book.
While there, the Mayor also shared some exciting news about Limitless Libraries. So far this year, the online program has circulated nearly 25,000 items! According to the Mayor’s Office, this is a nearly 4,000 percent increase since 2010-11, when Limitless Libraries first launched. The program has grown from offering services to 54 schools during the 2011-12 school year to 128 schools this year.
It almost looks like a college student center or an employee lounge at Google.
Thanks to a generous donation from John Ingram, Hillwood High School cut the ribbon on its brand new library yesterday! Look at all the city officials who came out to see it. It's easy to see why they're so excited. Just look at it!
All photos by Gary Layda, Metro Government Photographer - http://www.metrophotos.nashville.gov/
Dan Mills Kindergartener Julia S. and her parents recently set up a lemonade and cookie stand at their home to raise money for the Dan Mills library book fund. The Schencks raised $650! Julia presented a check to the Dan Mills librarian Starra Withers during the morning announcements on Wednesday, May 9.
There's much more information on these contests and the Limitless Libraries program on their website. Check it out! (Pun intended.)
World-renowned musician Janis Ian has a passion for reading, libraries and education. So her inspiring address at a recent inservice for Metro Schools Librarian comes straight from the heart.Ms. Ian joined the librarians for lunch at JT Moore Middle School on August 9th. She then closed their full-day session with a speech on the power of books in her life and an uplifting message for librarians everywhere as the new school year begins. As thanks, the crowd gave her a standing ovation.Please take a few moments to read the transcript of her speech. It carries a powerful message about how reading - and the people who help facilitate it - can change lives. Truly worth reading.