My name is Cari Young, and I'm an elementary school librarian in San Antonio, Texas. Right now I work in a preK-5 school in the suburbs, with about 950 students, but I've worked in small towns and small schools, too. This is my eleventh year in education--before that I practiced law for several years.
My school district was named the National School Library Program of the Year in 2011. I work with some AMAZING teacher-librarians! I love to collaborate with my colleagues, virtually or in person, to make the library the center of twenty-first century learning in our schools.
Learning centers have made my library more engaging for my students and a happier place for me to work. The main focus of this blog is helping other librarians to learn more about library centers, but often we digress to other topics about elementary school libraries and how to best teach our students.
As you can see in my photo, my favorite thing to do in the summer is read at the beach. I'm proud to be the mother of three awesome sons, two grown and one finishing high school. I have a dog named Pinto who is an amazing pup we rescued from the pound.
My days of teaching and blogging are fueled by my inner joy, boosted by Sonic Cokes and sugar cookies! Yum! (I really try to eat healthy foods, but I do have a weakness for sweets.)
I love reading comments like these, from visitors to The Centered School Library:
- Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom! I think using library centers may just be a life-saver for me this year!
- I'm implementing centers in my library, I read your book. I love your blog!
- Love this!! I am spending hours looking through your blog, I am trying to go with library centers this school year :) Thank you!
- Thank you for sharing so much great stuff!
I also love questions about how to get started with library centers, or how to get teachers on board, or how to handle accountability to your principal. I hope you'll jump in to our community, leave a comment, and join the conversation! Welcome to The Centered School Library!
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