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This school year presents unique challenges, one of which is the unpredictability of just how we’ll be interacting with students: Face to face? Via a screen? A combination of the two? Whatever the arrangement, students still need to know how to access and utilize library services—and that the library space, virtual or otherwise, is a welcoming one for all!

Courtney Pentland, School Library Connection’s new Curriculum Editor, gathered creative ideas from educators around the country on how to orient students to the library this year. From utilizing realtor tools for tours of the library space to an online stations-based approach to community building, these ideas will prepare you to welcome students back into the fold. Plus, Courtney shares two detailed lesson plans that help students discover and practice using library resources, whether they’re in a physical library or not:

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