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have also assisted with various tasks
related to our 1: 1 Chromebook rollout.
These types of makerspace and leadership opportunities help to support our
students by allowing them to explore
STEAM-related topics with hands-on
activities. This also ties into our curriculum, particularly our P- Tech program, a
six-year high-intensity program that
enables students to earn a high school and
associate’s degree in engineering through
a partnership with SUNY Farmingdale.
RL: Margaux, I know that we are always
discussing ideas for research and makerspaces, but now there is also a new focus
on mindfulness, on looking out for the
overall well-being of our students and
staff. At Freeport we have local nursing
students come in and discuss health
topics with our students in the library.
We also have set up a Zen Zone, which
students can use to meditate or do yoga.
Can you share what you have been doing
at your library?
MDC: This year, there has been a school-wide focus on brain health, stress reduction, and well-being. Partnering with a
guidance counselor, we have plans in
place for a lunchtime meditation club
that would meet in the library makerspace, where students would take 20
minutes out of the day to do body scans,
practice breathing, and participate in
Typically, when students are using our
makerspace, there is a hint of the aroma-
therapy “scent of the day” that has been
mixed according to student preferences.
The mild aroma wafts out of the diffuser,
flanked by Himalayan salt lamps, below
one of several posters with QR codes that
lead to guided meditations to help “de-
stress before the test.” Along those same
lines, during the 2016–2017 school year
we created a stress-reduction station for
students in the GCHS Library, a project
that won a 2017 Pied Piper Award from
the New York Library Association. This
self-service area offered creation activi-
ties, including knitting, drawing, jew-
elry-making, and Spirographs that stu-
dents accessed throughout the school
day. It is now part of our makerspace.
RL: This has been a pivotal year in both
of our libraries. There have been many
changes that forced us to evaluate our
library programs and make them even
better for our students and school community. I am so happy that we have
been able to embark on this journey
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Margaux DelGuidice-Calemmo is a teacher
librarian at Garden City High School, in
Garden City, N. Y. Rose Luna is a teacher
librarian at Freeport High School and a bilingual reference librarian at the Freeport Memorial
Library, both in Freeport, N. Y.