Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Doors

Experiencing different cultures

Meet a 12-year-old Pakistani child who must leave school to care for her siblings. Discover surprising similarities between yourself and a 10-year-old Chinese immigrant in California. Step inside an elementary school that seems as if it were modeled on your own and meet two friends who are suddenly at odds with one another.  

These journeys represent the District's  intentional focus on replenishing collections with books that represent a variety of cultures and points of view.

“We are conscious of the role of books as ‘mirrors, windows, and sliding doors,’” said Superintendent Andrew Selesnick. “We are working to be sure that our classrooms and school libraries are increasingly reflective of all the students in the district and give all students opportunity to experience diversity through story.”

Discovering new perspectives

Meet the elementary school librarians and find out their top picks!

Librarians introduce children to new books during regular classroom visits and in-class book talks. Diversity is also woven into the special programs each librarian leads.  

Increase Miller Elementary School's fifth graders love the book-based Breakout.edu games that Librarian Juli Hoffman creates for her before-school book clubs. Look for hints to what students might read this year in her book picks below! Nick Grasso, the librarian at Meadow Pond Elementary, shares new books at faculty meetings so that teachers can find the right book to lead students to a deeper understanding of a particular topic. Katonah Elementary School’s Librarian, Jeanne Hand, is using books as mirrors and windows as the theme of this year’s Lunch Bunch, a book group that she leads with Reading Specialist Enid Linden. She’s also planning a Book Tasting for fourth and fifth graders—a café environment where books are the only thing on the menu!