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Billings school librarian gives students another checkout option

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Billings West High School Librarian, Rachel Schillreff is this week's One Class at a Time winner (MTN News photo) Billings West High School Librarian, Rachel Schillreff is this week's One Class at a Time winner (MTN News photo)

Library is a place of learning.

It’s a place where knowledge is born.

And increasingly, libraries are adding non-traditional items to their collections.

Many libraries are now starting to incorporate unconventional items like fishing poles, devices such as cameras, GoPros, coding equipment, and much more that patrons can checkout.

In an effort to keep up, one Billings high school librarian wants to give her students the opportunity to check out more than just books, but other educational materials to improve their learning in the world of science, technology, engineering, art and math.

That’s why Librarian Rachel Schillreff is this week’s One Class at Time recipient of a $300 grant from Q2 and First Interstate Bank.

To engage the students learning in these areas, Ms. Schillreff wants to add a green screen, which she says will broaden her students creativity.

"The public library brings in some of the things that they have, and they have some great technology that's available to the teens down there, and they had this green screen, and they brought it, and it was just a hit,” said Schillreff, who is the librarian at Billings West High School. “They really liked it. It was a hit with our teachers and everybody wanted to go and play with the green screen, and I thought it would be just awesome to have it at West High, and have it available for kids to checkout, and for our faculty to check out and use for some sort of assignment. They are doing a lot of different book reviews, and when they read a book and want to do some sort of video blog about it, kind of YouTube style, they will have the ability to create a background or have something cool going on behind them. I can see them having that creative outlet."

If you know of a teacher with a great classroom idea and needs help with some extra funds, please let us know.

The application is available here on our website under the community tab.

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