Back to School Night

Viking Boat
The Friends Middle School Library & Information Literacy Program

An Old Norse Epic Poem
In one minute …
or less …


Rising like Mead-hall in majestic 3rd Floor meeting space
Friends Middle School Library
Training ground of talented teammates
Soon to be Leaders in lifelong learning

Quipping quoters of best-loved books
Gathering generally around stacks and sofas
Imagining ways to bring new readers rambling in to join us (1)

Collaborating closely, teachers and students
Curious and creative, producing works of writing,
Art, multimedia, and documentaries

Dutifully discerning data from many sources
Baby bloggers learn to connect with cohorts in other countries
Spinning stories to share with community beyond our borders (2)

Meeting of young minds, clever and caring,
Determined and daring, hub of daily activity
Is our Friends Middle School Library

(1) Here the translator refers to our student-run Library Advisory Board, new this year
(2) Here the translator is being deliberately vague and mysterious, hoping you’ll come ask her about this later in the Library, during your open period.


About Paula Montrie

I am a Middle School Librarian at Friends School of Baltimore. I have been a librarian for 11 years, serving 6 years with the Howard County Public School System before arriving at my current school. I teach two classes: SpeechCraft (a combination of information literacy, public speaking and theater), and Media Literacy at the middle school level. I also collaboratively co-teach with a number of teachers at the school, including Music, Geography, and U.S. History. I love it! My professional interests are: information literacy, multiple intelligences and learning styles, teaching through movement, curriculum-writing, technology integration, and bridging the gap between digital natives and digital immigrants. My personal interests are: dancing, singing, knitting, sewing, art, living history, writing and of course - reading!
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One Response to Back to School Night

  1. Brett says:

    Less hacking and sacking than you see in many sagas, but still very inspiring!

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