Winter Is Coming

The Election Storm

I am writing this post in the last days of early voting in my state. Next week is election day, and there is so much rhetoric on the news that the election will not be certain for days or even weeks after the polls close. A reporter with NPR, Miles Park, recommends “If There’s No Election Night Winner, Don’t Panic.” For some of us, this is easier said than done. To relieve some of the pent up frustration of polarization the same network, NPR, offers an online form where one can “Write A Note across the Political Divide. What Do You Wish They Understood?

The Second or Third Wave ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Chart from 10/28/2020 – “The first case of COVID-19 in the US was reported on 1/21/2020. Since then, the country has reported 8,777,432 cases and 226,691 deaths”. – Johns Hopkins University & Medicine.

This most intense election is taking place just as the pandemic is perhaps hitting another crest. Many of us did not know how to prepare for shutdowns the first time around. Perhaps the wisdom from the spring will inform our pandemic and quarantine preparation. Of course, we need toilet paper and wipes, but what else was priceless during the stay-at-home orders?  For me, books, audiobooks, and other entertainment. Along with routines for exercise and companionship of a pet.

Drawing from recent experience, we can help our students prepare for the next wave. If you are in-person teaching, talk with students about what staying at home again this winter looks like. Distance learning teachers might prepare students for future stay-at-home orders and discuss how this might change household routines.

Besides preparing our students, we might think about what another wave looks like for our inner life as librarians and readers. Rachel Krasky noted the importance of reading during quarantine in The Guardian’s post “95 Books and Counting: Finding Solace in Reading through the Year of COVID.”  She notes, “In a global pandemic that has kept us at home, isolated from loved ones, isn’t that just what we need?” If it is online teaching tips that you need this winter, check out The New York Times Teaching Project “80 Tips for Remote Learning from Seasoned Educators.”


In searching for mental health and self-care survival tips for the second wave, I came across the idea of “quaranteams.” Sources from Public Broadcasting to MIT have featured articles on the idea of teaming up with a small group of people to form a pod or social bubble. This might be a way students can cope with social isolation that was a struggle during the spring and summer. School librarians can be a part of a quaranteam that creates these intimate social opportunities and creates a group that adds fulfillment to your life going forward.

More information about Quaranteam


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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