Inside California Education: A Day in the Life – School Librarian

Inside California Education: A Day in the Life – School Librarian


♪♪ Jessica: My relationship
with books started so early, I spent a
lot of my childhood reading, it was a part of my
identity and who I became. I’m Jessica Esperanza, I’m a
School Librarian here at Two Rivers Elementary School,
I’ve been here for 6 years at Natomas Unified
School District. “And then she says Thya Myumba. Thya Myumba” I read a lot of stories, I
check out a lot of books, I answer a lot of
questions, this is my space, this is where I belong. Being a School Librarian is
such a different experience because you’re getting kids
when they’re right at the beginning of their
relationship with books, and being able to help them
figure out where that works for them is really fun. “People told stories
of how in the old days.” To get children to
read starting so young, it gives them a power
over their learning, and it gives them the
ability to be creative, to think outside of the
world that they know, and you see the
impact that makes. I learned early when I’m
reading to kids if I want to really engage them and
keep their attention, they need to be a
part of the story, when you make them a part of
the story either reading a line or doing a
read in response, they’re fully engaged, and
to know that I’m doing that, I’m having that relationship
with these kids, and really it’s just an
honor to go along that journey with them. I think it’s so important
for schools to really put a focus on making the
library some place special, this is a gathering point,
where every child in this school comes
into this space, and kids take it upon
themselves to come in during recess and after school and
they’re given kind of their own freedom, its welcoming
to them it’s comfortable, its somewhere that
they want to be. “That’s because they’re in a
different language. Would you like to try saying
that?” I use the library and the
books to open to themes and ideas of ways that they
matter and it’s also, I think my opportunity to
show them ways that they impact the world, and that
they can be good citizens, because I think we all need
to hear that. “Good job, thank you guys.” we are here for a reason and we
impact everyone around us. Teacher: Boys and girls what
do we say to miss Jessica? “Thank you miss Jessica!”

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