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Northeast Times | October 18, 2021

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The Keller ISD Library: Take A Look, More Than Books!

The Keller ISD Library: Take A Look, More Than Books!

What does a library in Keller ISD look like? A few of our campuses shared library highlights from the year to celebrate the importance of our campus libraries during National Library Week!

Eagle Ridge Elementary held five STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Nights this year. All families were invited and participated in a variety of STEAM activities including card-making, metal-stamping, electrical circuits, 3D-printing, and engineering.

Independence Elementary held their first year of monthly Mini Mavs story time. This year during December they were able to participate in Hour of Code! The future Mavs coded the Dash robot, played coding games on Hour of Code and even programmed a Sphereo to move through a maze. The community also participated in Hour of Code and many parents were present to learn alongside their students.

Park Glen Elementary is home to the Traveling Museums for Keller ISD. The hands-on museums have been enjoyed by schools across the District and students are able to learn about from pilgrims, animals, the Civil War, World Wars, technology – past and present, and more. PGES has also added the Augmented Reality component to Google Expedition experiences this year. Volcanoes, mountains & animals have popped up in 3D in the library!
**Bluebonnet and Park Glen both have Girls can Code and Tech Ninjas to help with STEM in the classroom.

Ridgeview Elementary was a part of an afterschool coding club, using Dash and Dot, LittleBits, and snap circuits, as well as many great coding websites such as Scratch and Code.org. Having students who were able to spend extra time each week doing these sorts of enrichment activities gave them a great experience and an excitement for what’s to come.

Sunset Valley Elementary started hosting Open Library Nights once a month for families to bring their kids and check out books, code, and just hang out!

Whitley Road Elementary collaborated with the Watauga Public Library Children’s Librarian and created a group activity for trying to solve a dog mystery during the school’s Literacy Night. The kids loved working together, reading clues aloud in the microphone, and solving the mystery. Additionally, there were other inferencing-type activities scattered around the library thoughout the event.

Chisholm Trail Intermediate recieved a Lowes Toolbox grant to redo our courtyard. Teachers now have an outdoor classroom where students can study in the fresh air and sunshine.

Parkwood Hill Intermediate expanded their students’ view of the world and themselves by taking kids on virtual field trips, having them chase robots, creating bookstagrams, making friends and all kinds of wonderful creations in the Makerspace, and learning how to research and stay safe online. Most importantly, they gained empathy and deepened their love of literature.

Keller Middle School students are using virtual reality headsets with Google Expeditions to explore descriptive writing and peer editing.