The Burlington County Library System is pleased to offer an array of services specifically designed to assist teachers throughout the upcoming school year.
With an expansive library headquarters in Westampton and branch facilities located in Bordentown, Cinnaminson, Evesham, Medford, Maple Shade, Pemberton and Riverton, BCLS is ready to provide a wealth of resources to educators about to head back to the classrooms.
Last year, as part of ongoing efforts to make library resources available to teachers and their students, the library system introduced a new community partnership initiative. School liaisons were established at each BCLS library branch and assigned specific school districts to help ensure communication with teachers, parents and administrators.
In addition, BCLS developed and launched the popular Classroom Assistant program that allows teachers to request a variety of resources to supplement their curriculum and better assist students with research and learning. Teachers simply fill out a form on the BCLS website and library staff put together packages of project-specific resources, such as books from the expansive BCLS collection and electronic resources carefully selected from the system’s online subscription services. The packages may be picked up at library branches or, in the case of electronic resources, emailed to the teachers. So far, requests for Classroom Assistant packages have focused on a variety of topics, including: ancient Roman poets and literary styles; Hispanic artists; Civil War, slavery and colonial times; ancient Egypt; solids, liquids and gases; the solar system; and reptiles. The service is available to teachers and librarians who work in Burlington County schools (excluding schools in Moorestown, Mount Laurel and Willingboro).
Additional BCLS services available to teachers and media specialists who work in communities that pay the Burlington County dedicated library tax include: Educator Cards, which are full-service cards that enable teachers to borrow resources for their classrooms; and Librarian Cards for media specialists that enable schools served by BCLS to provide resources not currently available in their library collections.
Other BCLS educational outreach initiatives and helpful services include:
• A BCLS website page designed for teachers and media specialists. http://www.bcls.lib.nj.us/teachers
• A Twitter page for educators. https://twitter.com/bclsteacherpage
• Blog postings to provide teachers with valuable information.
• Book and theme kits for classrooms (to be launched this fall).
• Outreach presentations to faculty in local schools.
• Classroom tours of libraries conducted by library staff for first-time visits and research.
• And back-to-school night visits by library staff.
For more information about all the services available to Burlington County teachers and media specialists, please contact BCLS School Liaison Coordinator Caitlin Hawe-Ndrio at 609-267-9660, extension 3035.