Visiting Wilson Hill and Brookside Elementary School Libraries

March 5, 2014

State Librarian Visits- March, Wilson Hill Elementary School

State Librarian Visits- March, Wilson Hill Elementary School


State Librarian Visits- March, Brookside Elementary School

State Librarian Visits- March, Brookside Elementary School


On March 5, 2014, I traveled to Worthington to visit two elementary school libraries. I was accompanied by State Library Board member, Krista Taracuk, OELMA President, Susan Yutzey, and Associate State Librarian, David Namiotka. Krista is active in the 2nd and 7 Foundation and she used this opportunity to deliver hardcover sets of Hog Mollies books to both libraries.

Librarian Mychal Pittman reading to kindergartners L-R: Krista Taracuk, Mychal Pittman, Beverly Cain The Wilson Hill Elementary School Library

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We began our day at Wilson Hill Elementary School, where we observed librarian Mychal Pittman lead a class of kindergartners through a series of activities designed to reinforce their classroom lessons about rhyming words. The class got ready for their library visit by singing a song based on the book, The Library Doors by Tony Buzzeo, then had a storytime using an eBook from INFOhio’s BookFlix collection. The children were engaged in the story and had fun listening for the rhyming words used throughout Marc Brown’s book, Wild About Books .

The class then split into small groups to work on a variety of projects set up at six different learning stations. Children had the opportunity to build words, complete puzzles, find rhyming words on a worksheet, read and checkout books, work on word and math games at a smartboard, and use interactive educational software on computers.

Brookside Elementary School Library reading room Books displayed on top of shelves computers for students L-R: Susan Yutzey, Nellie Schmidt, Krista Taracuk, Beverly Cain bulletin board

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We said goodbye to the kindergartners and made our way to Brookside Elementary School to meet with librarian, Nellie Schmidt. At Brookside, we had the opportunity to meet Principal Dan Girard and Ms. Schmidt before the sixth grade class arrived for their time in the library. We were very happy to learn that they are planning to revamp the library space over the summer months. Brookside was built in 1964 and while the size of the library is good, there are a few workflow and functional areas that could be changed to improve the space for students.

We were then able to observe a class of sixth graders who were finishing a project using Meograph, software that allows users to create multimedia presentations. The class project involved researching important events from 2013 and using Meograph to organize and present the information in an engaging multimedia format. With this project, students learned to use the Meograph program, practiced research skills, and learned how to write and read a narration to be used with a podcast.

We enjoyed visiting these two very active school libraries to see how school librarians in Worthington City Schools are successfully partnering with teachers and school administrators to support student learning.