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Pine Grove Library: ANNUAL REPORT   Tags: annual report, collaboration, data, flexible, instruction, istaff, partners, programming, teen bookfest, transform  

A year at a glance; highlights, accomplishments, transformations, and plans for the future.
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Culture of Thinking and Learning

Instructional collaboration partnerships with 43 teachers this year!

Partnerships included:

  • nonfiction text alignment
  • systemic approach to research
  • development of resource portals (Libguides)
  • integrated technology/web 2.0 tools
  • access to relevant literature
  • differentiated resources
  • rigorous vocabulary
  • leveled texts
  • project-based learnig
  • genre exploration

Provided general support, resources, outreach to all staff.

Organization, Rules, and Procedures

Our schedule that supported teaching and learning through:

  • scheduling and overall mgmnt of 4 wireless laptop carts
  • flexible use of time/facility
  • learning commons model
  • student leadership 
  • support all testing initiatives 
  • diverse print collection
  • graphic novel room
  • special events
  • grant writing
  • nonfiction resources
  • Author visit & Holocaust Gallery
  • Silent Read Festivals
  • Author webinars
  • "OWL LADY" to align with Hoot 
  • Leadership training at Orenda Springs
  • integration of the arts and theatre
  • bi-weekly publication of InSTALLations--staff newsletter
  • outreach through Twitter, Facebook 

New journeys ahead!



MOVING & SHAKING to a Greener Greater Grove!


READING MATTERS--students develop the collection!

Won this box of TOP 25
from a contest from YALSA!

Beyond the WALLS of the Library...we explore!

Downtown Syracuse during field
trip with STREAM TEAM to explore
local ties to the Civil Rights movement.



Effective Instruction

ANNUAL STATS showing LIBGUIDE USAGE (over 21,000 visits!)

Systemic rollout of EASYBIB for process/product of research tools
Nonfiction resources for all levels, content, learning styles


Year at a Glance (annual data)

Data below reflects the instruction, services, and transactions.   

NOTE: Individual--drop in visits;  Classes--with academic teacher/librarian


Celebrating power and impact of READING

Seeing double? 


Enjoyment and Engagement

We facilitate numerous activities/events to be held in/through the library

  • Talent Cafes 
  • BOOKAPALOOZA--community book read 
  • Partnered with United Way to collect 20 boxes of new(ish) books for kids
  • Collected $116 for the CNYSPCA 
  • Collected $140 for Old Newsboys Fund
  • TechStravaganza
  • ROCKSTAR events (3 marking periods for grades 6-8 students with 95+ average)
  • SOUP-er BOWL buffett for staff and raised over $100 & 4 cases of food for local pantry
  • Garden club 
  • Random Acts of Kindess team
  • Guest Author events(Marion Blumenthal--Holocaust Survivor) 
  • Karaoke events

Teen Book Fest:  A collaborative venture between PG and CHS

A powerful opportunity to get students connected to young adult literature
by connecting IN PERSON with over 40 authors.  Had 55 students/staff 
enjoy this year's trip (our 3rd annual!) 

Positive Relationships/Community Building

This event aligned with National Digital Learning day and was planned by students (iStaff) and for students/staff. Held over 2 days, we engaged over 400 participants in an exploration of games, gaming, makerspaces, and creation.  

Professional Practice (Leadership)

SKowalski is a member of School Improvement Team, PBIS, DIstrict Technology Team, and ESMUT; is also actively involved as a leader, presenter, committee chair, task force member, and writer in areas below:


Keynote Presentation at Jefferson Lewis School Library System (Administrative Breakfast)

Click through the HAIKU DECK to see all slides.

INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP IN AND THROUGH THE LIBRARY - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

ORENDA SPRINGS--Leadership Training

S. Kowalski earned a trip to ORENDA SPRINGS for a group and worked with the students on the 6th Grade Green Teem (Bourke/Kelley)

A challenging and inspirational experience for all.  Some PHOTOS here

Pine Grove MS Library (ESM School District)

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Minoa, NY 13116
315-434-3075(library phone)
315-434-3050 (main office)
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Student Leadership (iStaff)


  • innovative
  • initiative
  • influential
  • inspirational
  • inquiring minds

123 students involved this year!

  • daily projects/deliveries
  • classroom support
  • technology assistance
  • created multimedia productions
  • Attended Legislative Day in Albany
  • Presented at the NYLA-SSL conference
  • assisted with the moving/packing
  • coordinated Techstravaganza
  • helped with grant writing
  • book displays
  • collection development
  • customer relations
  • Bookapalooza leadership




Participate in weekly edchats; 
much outreach/sharing!

What next?

We will continue to integrate the PG Library program in all 6 of our temporary locations with a program that is:

  • integrated
  • mobile
  • flexible
  • project-based

Be ready--we are ON THE MOVE!

SURVEY RESULTS of what PG Staff wants  from the library next year



Always transforming to make an impact


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