On Monday, February 24, we held our fourth Educator Night at Pasadena Public Library. 48 teachers, librarians, and administrators from 27 schools came to learn about the resources available at our libraries and enjoy lots of giveaways and opportunity drawings! Around 20 new educator cards were opened. Participants came from the following schools:
- Cottage Cooperative Nursery School
- Sequoyah School
- Polytechnic School
- Westridge School for Girls
- Foster Elementary School
- Longfellow Elementary
- Lila International School
- The Waverly School
- Marshall Fundamental
- St. Gregory Hovsepian School
- Hamilton Elementary
- Blair Middle School
- Aria Montessori Preschool
- New Horizon School
- Wilson Middle School
- Clifton Middle School
- McKinley K-8 School
- Pacific Clinics Early Head Start
- Sierra Madre Middle School
- Children’s Center at Caltech
- Blair High School
- Options for Learning
- Extera Public School #2
- Edison Elementary
- Madison Elementary
- Natsarim Academy
- PCC Child Development Center
And we had many who homeschool their kids as well. To be eligible, educators had to either live within the city of Pasadena, or work at a PUSD school or a school in the city of Pasadena.
Dinner and Icebreakers
Year after year, educators tell us that one of the things they love most about Educator Night at Pasadena Public Library is the opportunity to meet and connect with other educators in other schools. So we provide educators with a boxed lunch dinner and an ice breaker BINGO game for getting to know each other a little better! For each row, you had to find five people who fit those descriptions and have them sign their squares. Each row earned you 1 ticket to use in the opportunity drawing.
Dinner was catered by Perfect Equation Catering, a local business here in Pasadena. I hope everyone liked it — I think we’re going to be using them again in the future. I was pleased to see just how much food you get: their boxed lunches come with a large sandwich, salad, chips, fruit, cookie and beverage.
Educators got to know some of Pasadena Public Library’s librarians and partners a bit better with a brief presentation we gave after people got their food.
And I presented information about three of the library’s newest online databases:
- Flipster, for reading magazines in full color and searching for articles
- Britannica School and Britannica Escolar, with articles tailored to your students’ reading level and the ability to have articles read to you out loud
- TeachingBooks.Net, with lots of resources for finding good books, developing curriculum and doing fun activities like getting to know the authors
In order to make it easy for teachers to find book lists for the kids they teach and flyers about the various programs and offerings we have for each age group, we set up resource tables grouped by Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School.
At the library, we get donations now and then. We also come back with a lot of free stuff when we go out to library conferences–including Advance Reader Copies or ARCs of upcoming books. So we set up a table for teachers to just take whatever they liked!
Opportunity Drawing Prizes
We set up another table with prizes that you could enter to win by getting a row of signatures on our Bingo Icebreaker handout. Educators got to choose whichever prize they wanted to enter.