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PSJA librarians debut virtual Read Alouds, Book Talks and TikTok to engage students

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PHARR – In celebration of National School Library Month, dozens of PSJA Librarians have produced virtual Book Talks and Read Alouds for students in their effort to continue encouraging them to read while at home. This week, the avid readers will also launch a series of TikTok’s to reminder their students of the importance of reading during National Library Week, April 19-25!

As part of this campaign, librarians can be seen wearing costumes, utilizing green screens and using themed props to make the stories come alive for students and their families. 

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With more than 35 videos already produced by the librarians on a Google Slides presentation, students can watch and hear as they read everything from picture books to short novels during their Read Alouds. With Book Talks, the librarians briefly talk about their favorite books as they would during a book club as a way to immerse students and get them excited about reading. 

Students can find the Google Slides presentation on the district’s e-Learning website for all grade levels or visit www.psjaisd.us/reads. In addition to the videos, each slide also has details about the book, its level and number of points for its corresponding Accelerated Reader quiz, as well as where they can access each book. 

“I’m delighted that our PSJA librarians are taking time from their busy schedules at home to think of our students,” said PSJA Library Director Nora Galvan. “Their creativity is inspiring and I am very proud of all of them. It’s also National School Library Month, and our librarians are continuing to step up to meet any challenges they encounter.”

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You can find the PSJA Librarian TikTok account @PSJAReads.

“Our PSJA librarians have been instrumental as we continue to work and attend school from home,” said Dr. Jorge L. Arredondo, PSJA Superintendent of Schools. “As if they would have known prior to this happening, they have been preparing for years for this type of work. Most if not all, are now Google Certified, becoming tech experts in the education field. Thank you for your willingness to keep on learning to better serve our families!”

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