Back to School: PokémonGO, Olympics, Election

In some areas of the country, school will start next week. For those of you who are starting soon, I wanted to cover some hot topics among teens and tweens so that you are ready to go “Back to School!”

Pokémon GO

With two teenagers in the house, we are all over this one! My philosophy about new technology is typically that to learn new things you just have to try it and see what all the fuss is about. So, I will be a level 10 today, if you are wondering. Carli Spina wrote a thorough article for SLJ about Pokémon GO which explains some of the basic features and what librarians need to know.


Pokémon GO Librarian

What questions school librarians need to ask for Back to School and Pokémon GO

  • Will my school technology personnel block the site if students are on the school’s WiFi?
  • How will you handle classroom/library management issues surrounding the game?
  • Is my school or library a Pokéstop?
  • Are there stools, bean bag chairs, or other low to the ground items in the library that students will trip over while catching Pokémon?

What school librarians can do to connect with gamers/students

Other Articles


The OlympicsRio Olympics 2016

This is mainly for the early starters, but the Olympics is another hot topic over the next few weeks. You may want to stream coverage in the library. We often watch the television on mute with closed captioning. This year’s Olympics may spur students to research specific topics such as performance enhancing drugs, the Zika Virus, and economic conditions throughout the world.

Olympic Games Rio 2016


Election 2016

Perhaps the biggest back-to-school topic of all this fall semester will be the 2016 Presidential Election. As a senior adviser, I will have a number of 18-year old students who will be eligible to vote in November! It is our duty as information professionals to provide unbiased information to our school library patrons about the candidates and the election process. This year, we will have a bulletin board explaining the electoral college. We will also have debate-watching parties, where students can “fact check” the candidates assertions on the library’s computers during the debates. We will also host both the Teenage Republicans and Young Democrats and allow each club to create book displays promoting their club’s relevant issues. According to this BBC article, no matter what happens this year, the outcome of this year’s election will make history.

Some books to have this election season:

  • Books from the Oxford University Press “What Everyone Needs To Know” series
  • Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again by Donald Trump
  • Hard Choices: Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
  • Trump: The Art of the Deal



Author: Hannah Byrd Little

I’m a dedicated Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle, leveraging my background in higher education libraries to guide students through the crucial transition from school to college and beyond.

I am honored to have served as the AASL Chair for the Independent School Section in 2023 and am excited to begin my upcoming role as Director-At-Large for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) later this year, following my previous experience as a Member Guide in the AASL Emerging Leaders program. These appointments reflect my commitment to advancing library education and professional development on a national scale.

With experience in state-level leadership through the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), including serving as TASL President in 2012, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. My educational background includes certifications as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Advertising & Public Relations), a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education & Information Systems), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.

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