School Tours

Wednesday, November 13
8:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Eminence Independent Schools Tour

The Eminence school library has the benefit of having two full-time, certified school librarians. This allows the school librarians to create unique programming and collaborate with their instructional partners in unique ways. The school library is comprised of a genius hour class, facilitated by a librarian, that meets daily in the space. The school librarians also teach one early primary (K-2nd grade) library related arts class, and two upper primary (3rd-5th grade) library related arts classes. Both librarians help promote reading through a print and digital book collection, various databases, and school-wide reading challenges. The librarians are deeply involved in the micro-credential process, both in determining the criteria and then determining when students have met the requirements. They also work with classes, kindergarten, through twelfth grade, on information literacy skills, research techniques, media projects, and makerspace tools and techniques.

An additional registration fee of $45 is required in advance of the event.

Wednesday, November 13
8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Independent Schools Tour

ISS Tour attendees will have the opportunity to tour three outstanding Louisville schools – Kentucky Country Day, the de Paul School, and Louisville Collegiate.

All three of Kentucky Country Day’s divisions share the same library space. Recent renovations of the library had to work within the confines of the existing space, as well as within a very limited budget. At KCD, you will find a bright welcoming space in a “DIY” fashion. The whole renovation process lasted the entire summer and was a daunting task. But at the end of the process, the results have reinvigorated the library as a hub within the school community. The library will serve as an inspiration to others who work within a limited budget, in a space that feels tired and worn out.

The de Paul School is an independent K-8 school (enrollment approximately 200) located in Louisville, KY. The mission of the school is “to teach students with learning differences how to learn, how to become independent, and how to be successful.”

Louisville Collegiate is a JK-12 school with a thriving school library! With a new Learning Commons space (opened in 2017), the grades 6-12 students are able to take advantage of an up-to-date collection, displays, an Educational Technology Center (with technology for check-out and an educational technology specialist), silent study, and collaborative areas. The library owns approximately 22,000 items for check-out, and is proud to have a living Library collection, as they actively respond to new publication trends, interests within the community, and the changing curriculum.

An additional registration fee of $45 is required in advance of the event.

Thursday, November 14
7:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Middle & High Schools Tour

Books and more. Kammerer Middle School library is grounded in promoting reading and literacy with a great selection of books for all interests. Books don’t sell themselves, so there are always new eye-catching displays going up around the library. But libraries need to be about more than just books. Students at Kammerer know that the school library is THE place to go for different resources from green screens, to cameras, to computers, to drones and robotics. There is always something cool going on in the library. The library is also connected to the school community and the larger community. Through the school library, students have become involved in the Louisville Children’s Film Festival, met with students from other states, hosted musicians, and guest speakers. There is a lot to learn and experience in the world, and Kammerer librarians want their students to be engaged and to see the library as a starting point. The Kammerer school library strives to model what it is like to be a life-long learner and is constantly evolving and growing their program.

Student-focused Ballard High School makes sure that students know that their input is what matters in making the library special. While Ballard librarians make sure that the library stocks the books that students want, they also know how to have fun. With ugly sweater competitions for the holidays, musical instruments available for circulation, and toys on desks, Ballard librarians make sure that the library isn’t always serious. Librarians also make sure that students play important roles in the community beyond the library walls by setting up voter registration for of age students, collecting goods for local immigrants, creating a reading program and fun celebrations for the local elementary school, and sponsoring competitions and clubs to support local charities.

An additional registration fee of $30 is required in advance of the event.

Thursday, November 14
9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Elementary Schools Tour

Norton Commons Elementary knows that the great administrative support it receives is reflected in its efficiency and resources. Creative use of scheduling helps, too. With a dynamic STEAM program and a makerspace focus, this K-5 school’s library offers a collaborative co-teaching space. Student creation is technology driven with projects focused on video game creation, digital music, movie creation, EiE lessons & experiments, engineering, and coding.

At the K-5 Dunn Elementary School library, collaboration is key for making the library a partner in instruction. Teachers meet with the librarian regularly to discuss content and needs, and then together they plan and collaborate on innovative projects. With this model, the library is connected at a deeper level in supporting content instruction. Most collaboration projects are approached through the lense of digital media. Some of things that are currently being incorporated are green screen technology, video production, Virtual Reality, podcast creation, student Google for Edu. collaboration, and digital music production.

An additional registration fee of $30 is required in advance of the event.

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