Educators face many challenges this fall. From teaching remotely to wearing masks in the classroom, teachers are working hard to connect with their students. As part of its commitment to support students and educators alike, Dayton Metro Library is offering to create personalized buttons for teachers.
Dayton Metro Library invites teachers to submit a smiling photo of themselves, and the Library will turn the photo into a large button they can wear whenever they are masked. Buttons are free to any teacher in DML’s service area in Montgomery County. Children’s Services Librarians will deliver completed buttons to schools, or to the nearest Branch Library for pickup.
“We know that some young students are intimidated by seeing masked faces,” said Diane Farrell, Director of External Relations and Development. “Whether it’s a caring teacher or a friendly librarian, if they are masked, it’s hard to read their faces. This is why we’ve created the Show Your Face campaign.”
Teachers should email their photo to ShowYourFace@DaytonMetroLibrary.org, and include their name, school, grade level, and preferred background color for their button in the body of the email. Emails must come from a school email address. Photos should be face or head/shoulders only, JPG or PNG file, in the highest resolution possible.
“Normally, Library Youth Services staff are able to connect with teachers in person, lead classroom presentations, and welcome classes into our Branches for tours,” said Farrell. “But like schools, many of our services are temporarily curtailed. The Show Your Face campaign is one small way we can support educators at this time.”
Dayton Metro Library continues to be a dedicated partner in education. The Library’s website offers access to dozens of free, online homework help tools for students of all ages. Library staff provide expertise in resources that support all stages of learning. Other services include student cards and eCards, Teacher Collections, and virtual enrichment opportunities.
“While we’re not able to offer in-person programs yet, we are pleased to present quality online programs on our Facebook page, such as Mister C’s STEM-Mania, the DML Arts Club and Global Threads Storytelling with Omope Carter-Daboiku,” said Farrell.
Mister C’s STEM-Mania, featuring science activities families can do at home, is live-streamed each Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. through October 21. DML Arts Club, which runs October 6 through 29, gives middle and high school students the opportunity to explore different art disciplines with professional teaching artists. Past videos and many others can be viewed on the Dayton Metro Library’s Facebook page at any time.
For more information, visit DaytonMetroLibrary.org or call 937-463-2665. Questions about the button program can be emailed to ShowYourFace@DaytonMetroLibrary.org.