School Library Month

Did you know that April is School Library Month? The Ranger Roundup recently sat down with our Library Media Specialist Kris James and our Library Aides Connie Hughes and Martha Wiley to discuss their integral roles in our district and all things books!

Library Responsibilities

As the library media specialist, Mrs. James is responsible for making sure that students have access to as many resources as possible. She maintains and updates our on-site library as well as access to online and digital materials. Mrs. James said, “I also see myself as a the go-to person to educate students and staff about the benefits and dangers of living life online. It’s to that end that I teach Media Literacy to seventh graders and also offer support to classroom teachers (particularly in the English department) to enhance student web literacy.” Mrs. James enjoys helping staff find materials to support their classroom activities and especially enjoys co-teaching lessons that involve finding, accessing, and evaluation information from multiple sources. She added, “I try to stay up-to-speed on common tech tools so that I can help students and teachers who are using media to share their ideas in high-tech ways.”

Mrs. James shared that it’s her love of reading that drew her to this school role. She spends a great deal of her time reading books that she thinks students would enjoy. “I keep the Wood County Public Library’s Libby app busy with all the ebook and audiobooks I borrow!” she said. She then takes what she’s read, watched, or listened to, and uses it to tempt students to read or watch or listen for themselves. One way she does this is to create bulletin boards and book displays. “By encouraging student reading I am nurturing their brains, since there is little we can do to develop intelligence and problem-solving more than reading!” she stated.

Our library aides Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Wiley, do much to assist Mrs. James in running our school library system. They also work regularly with the elementary students. Their responsibilities include reading to students, checking out books, preparing special lessons on historical events, encouraging students to read books or read on their iPads, and also to weed out old and worn materials in order to order new books for our library.

Challenges and Rewards

When asked about the challenges of her role as the Library Media Specialist, Mrs. James confided that working in a support capacity can sometimes make her feel invisible, as she doesn’t have a platform to shout out the services the library offers. She sometimes feels that students don’t understand just how she can help them. She explained, “Dealing with this distance between me and students is the hardest part of the job for me.” However, Mrs. James loves when students to talk to her about what he/she is reading. She expressed, “If we’ve read the same book, a quick conversation about a given character or a similar situation charges me up like nothing else!” Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Wiley expressed that not having a dedicated library space, and now having the library set up in the various pods, is the most challenging part of their position. The most rewarding part of their role as library aides is reading to the children and answering questions that relate to the books being read. Mrs. Wiley added, “We also enjoy listening to their thoughts on how the book we are reading might turn out.”

Library Activities and Events

Mrs. James currently runs a Book Club consisting of high school students who eat lunch together several times a month to discuss books! “We all read the same book and then let our talk about the book take us in any direction we want it to. Since good literature reveals what it means to be human, our discussion of that literature illuminates our shared humanity,” Mrs. James explained. This month, students are reading Kristin Cashore’s Graceling, a fantasy that centers on gracelings, gifted being who use their supernatural abilities for both good and evil. Mrs. James predicted, “When we finish, no doubt, we will discuss not only the elements of the story, but also issues of gender and identity, marriage and more.” Interested students are also encouraged to join the summer book group. The book club will meet twice a month to discuss books and other media that explore what it is to be teens in the world today. Feel free to email Mrs. James at or message her on Schoology for more information.

Family Literacy Night is coming up for our NES students on May 9th. Author David FitzSimmons will be the guest speaker. He will speak to students during the day and will also attend the Family Literacy Night event in the evening. Additionally, due to the success of last fall’s book fair, the library staff is looking into coordinating another book fair for next fall.

Final Thoughts

The NLS library is always open! The school library website can be found at and can be used to access many online resources,as well as to share a question, book review, or media resource. Mrs. James concluded, “The Northwood library staff is small but mighty! I couldn’t provide the services and creative support I do without the help of our elementary library aides, Martha Wiley and Connie Hughes. They both work extremely hard to encourage student literacy and love of learning. Many thanks for all their help!” Finally, Mrs. Hughes and Mrs. Wiley encourage all students to “Read. Read. Read!”


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The Northwood/Wood County Preschool, operated in collaboration with the Wood County Educational Service Center, is pre-registering for the 2019-20 school year.

The preschool programs are developmentally appropriate, play-based preschools supporting the Ohio Department of Education’s model curriculum. The Wood County Preschool Program is an inclusionary preschool program serving children ages 3–5 who have delays in development and children who are typically developing. Tuition, based on a sliding-fee scale, is charged for children without special needs. Children attend preschool two full days per week (either Tues/Thurs or Wed/Fri).

Please contact Naomi at or 419-354-9010, ext. 133 to get on the 2019-20 mailing list. Parents who have questions regarding children who may have special needs can also contact Naomi.

  • Fri. – Mon. April 19th – 22nd: Spring Break
  • Tues. April 23rd: Teacher In-Service Day – No School for Students
  • Tues. – Sat. April 23rd – 27th: Junior and Senior NYC Trip
  • Sat. May 4th – Prom, 7pm
  • Mon. May 6th – HS Academic Awards, 6pm
  • Thurs. May 16th – Seniors’ Last Day
  • Fri. May 17th – Senior Awards, 1:30pm
  • Wed. May 22nd – End of 4th Quarter – Last Day of School
  • Thurs. May 23rd – Teacher’s Records Day
  • Fri. May 24th – Graduation Practice, 12pm
  • Sun. May 26th – Class of 2019 Graduation, 1:30pm

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