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Is Library all that important?

Sometimes when I tell people I’m a librarian they seem a bit surprised. “Do we even have libraries anymore,” one man asked me recently. I assured him that we do indeed. He said, “Well, I don’t use them. I have Google.”

Saying that Google replaces libraries is like saying WebMD replaces hospitals. While the Internet is an amazing tool (and one which I heartily embrace and employ), to build a lifetime love of learning, schools need to go further.

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Bannockburn Christian Academy’s library has nearly 6,000 volumes of books and we constantly add more. It’s a small room but it’s bright and cheerful and packed to the max with interesting, engaging reads.

Students arrive quietly because that’s what they’re expected to do but even as I approach the doorway, I can feel their excitement. I have it, too. Curling up on the soft, squishy rug they listen to me read aloud book after book. We explore new worlds together and discuss whether those Berenstain bear cubs could really build a rocket and fly to the moon on their own. One scholar asked me, “Don’t you think their parents should go along, just to be safe?”

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We delve into literature by local authors or laugh out loud at the pigeon’s antics. Older students lean forward as I take them through the vast prairie with Mary and Laura or to the principal’s office with Ramona Quimby, age 8. I discuss dragons with the boys and know every princess and fairy book because your daughters do. They love being surrounded by the books and every year as their vocabulary increases and their reading skills bloom, I have the privilege of sharing my favorite authors, classic titles and new releases with them.

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As Americans our attention spans continue to decline. We live in an instant gratification world. We get frustrated when Youtube videos take too long to load or a website isn’t mobile friendly. We often prefer devices over hardbacks. The world has changed.  At BCA we are constantly changing, too, so we can provide the most current technology and opportunities to our students. Can you say STEM lab? I’m all for it.

The library is very technology driven with its computers and online catalog, as well. However, at its core, the library is a place of respite and wonder. There are no grades. Everyone has an opinion about which genre is the best and they’re all correct. We celebrate advancing from yellow dot books to green dots. I’ve been doubled over in laughter. Sometimes we get a bit teary-eyed together. Books are special for so very many reasons but mostly, I love being a librarian (and yes, I believe libraries to be necessary!) because I see every, single day what those pages do for your children.

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Put down your phone. Step away from the computer screen. Join us at the BCA library anytime! You can read to the kids, visit characters from your own childhood, help me shelve books or just sit quietly and take it all in. Our library is good for souls of all ages.

Lisa Wellman, Librarian

Some things are as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Have you seen the signs visible at so many parking areas in our city?

  1. Lock your car.
  2. Take your keys.
  3. Hide your belongings.

At our CPR training each year, we are reminded of the steps to follow in case of an emergency.

  1. YOU…call 9-1-1!
  2. YOU…find a defibrillator!
  3. YOU…find help!

These things are easy to remember because they give only the most essential information.

As I  have prayed for our school year, asking God for His wisdom in knowing what information is most essential, He has impressed upon me the following “best practices” that I would like to share with you, as we begin together, this yearlong journey of discovery.  Perhaps you might employ in your homes this year, some of our “best practices” from school, where students are scholars and parents are partners!

1.  Listen attentively. Ask your children open-ended questions that allow them to expand on their thoughts and experiences.

2.  Limit specifically. Children need time to think and reflect without the stimulation of “screen time” demanding their attention. Limit electronics.

3.  Love endlessly. Allow God’s divine love to spill out of your life, into the lives of your children…extravagantly and unconditionally.  Love really is the answer!

I am so grateful to serve a God who always speaks to me in a language that I can understand…it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Blessings,

Bobbi Flowers

Principal

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