During this time of distance learning, Punahou’s Junior School librarians, Marci Johnstone ’87, Lori Jones ‘04, Alyssa Okimoto ‘06 and Nozomi Ozaki, have been busy creating pre-recorded video lessons, recording read alouds for younger students, and hosting synchronous library lessons.
In an effort to offer engaging resources to students, the librarians also quickly increased the amount and variety of ebooks available to students in both Destiny Discover, our library catalog, and in Sora. Information about how to access these resources, along with additional online resources, was sent to students, teachers and parents.
New Virtual Library Bitmoji Scenes have been created to help students find books, access book talks and recommendations, access reading challenges and more. Students in each grade, starting in the first grade, have their own Virtual Library created by their grade-level librarians. Punahou parents with login credentials may click on the photo of the book cover to access the online book.
Here are the virtual Library Offices (individual rooms per grade) for grades 1-8:
As we all prepare for a different kind of summer break, our librarians encourage students to keep reading – taking advantage of all that books can offer.
“While I have no desire to climb Mount Everest or to jump from a speeding train, books allow us to go on those adventures from the comfort and safety of a couch,” said Johnstone, librarian for grades K – 3. “Books are a window to the world, providing the opportunity to step into someone else’s life, see different perspectives, open eyes to new things and hopefully walk away a better person.”
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