Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelors of Education; University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Masters of Library Science; Chicago State University Google Certified Educator
Miss Cecilia White
Being a school librarian is my dream job! Where else can you share your love of reading; lead children down a learning path of discovery; throw book fairs & reading parties and introduce kids to cool technology! I believe that libraries have the power to ignite a passion for learning and to provide an adventure in imagination!
I have a love for storytelling and history. It is through the power of stories that we connect to others, learn valuable lessons and uncover the diverse fabric of our American heritage. As author, Phillip Pullman so eloquently states, “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” I find great joy to see children race to the shelves to get their hands on a book, I just book talked. However, hearing the little ones say with laughter that a book character is so funny is music to my ears. For with those words, I am assured that the children no longer are sitting on the rug listening to a story, but rather their minds have climbed into the book and are now experiencing the magic of the story.
In my 24 years as a school librarian, I have seen many changes in how information is transferred. Although print is still a valuable resource, technology has literally flung open the doors of our homes to a whole new world. Technology provides information that is more up to date, diverse and readily available. However, with this magnitude of information, comes the need to use it properly. This is where digital citizenship comes in. It is my goal to teach the children how to locate information efficiently; evaluate it critically and use it ethically. Technology has given us experiences beyond what we could ever fathom. We now have the priviledge to see stories jump off the page of a book through augumented reality; the ability to create a structure on the computer screen and have it materialize with the help of a 3D printer; the power to control the movement of a robot through coding; and the list goes on and on. Although, our technological resources may be limited at the present time, if we dream it; we can build it. It is just a matter of collecting the proper resources to make it a reality. Afteralll, librarians are the smartest people on the earth, not because we have all the answers; but because we know where to find them.