Write what you know

“I have always wanted to be a school librarian.”

So said Joyce Keeling, Clarion-Goldfield-Dows Elementary and Middle School Librarian for more than 20 years. In addition to her service at C-G-D, Keeling has exercised her passion for allowing young people discover reading by helping other librarians across the world through her three books, which are filled with lesson plans for teaching librarians just like her.

Keeling published her first book, "Lesson Plans for the Busy Librarian: A Standards-Based Approach for the Elementary Library Media Center," in 2002. Since then, she’s written a second volume, and on April 20 of this year, a completely new, updated version was released: “Standards-Based Lesson Plans for the Busy Elementary School Librarian.” It is dedicated to her family, as well as the students at C-G-D.

Early in her career, Keeling said she couldn’t find any book to aid in planning lessons. “There was not any available lesson plan book out there for a librarian based on standards,” she said. Undaunted, she decided to create such a resource herself.


For the full story, see the May 4 edition of the Monitor.