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When you want to show appreciation to the teachers that have helped your children get through the hectic school year, it’s impossible to leave out the school’s librarian. Many elementary school librarians have had to get creative to encourage children to keep reading while at home.
Whether they use virtual meetings to give your children storytime or develop their own digital content for children to access on their own time, the efforts your school’s librarian put into their job shouldn’t go unnoticed. Consider having your child pick one of these unique gifts for your elementary school librarian as a random act of kindness to express their appreciation for the hard work they do.
Arts and Crafts
If you’re looking for a low-cost gift that’s still full of heartfelt meaning and love, consider crafting a creative present for their librarian. Creating a gift by hand allows your children to personalize it with school cheer, pictures, or their favorite books that they’ve read during the school year.
Even the simplest project can keep a school librarian motivated through their darkest days. Once school resumes, they may display the project for all to see as a token of their appreciation. Some creative crafts that you can help your children make are:
- A handmade thank-you card.
- A personalized bookmark.
- A poster or drawing.
- A short flipbook or short story.
Library Décor or Furniture
Once schools and their libraries reopen fully, they may need a small refresh on their old furniture and decorations. If you have the means to give your children’s librarian a new beanbag chair or posters for the walls, the librarian and their students alike will appreciate it.
You might also consider gifting a new piece of functional décor that doubles as a teaching tool, such as individual circular rugs for children to sit on during activities and storytime. If you have a high-quality rug at home, ask if the librarian could use it for a new story-time centerpiece.
Any school’s library could benefit from a hearty mixture of new and donated, lightly used books to keep kids interested in reading. Sometimes, the school’s funding doesn’t allow for too many library purchases. As a unique gift for your elementary school librarian, donate some new books for children to read and check out when they visit the library. The school librarian may even have a wish list that you can ask for if they’re searching for donations.
If you and your children would rather keep the gift personal, give their librarian a book they want to read personally. They may have a particular series or genre that they keep close to their heart—consider special editions of books that they love or new additions to the series.