About the Librarian

Ms. Sally Schoenberg, Library Information Specialist

When I think about my passion for literature, I realize that it began at a very young age. I remember my Mom taking me to the Highland Park Public Library for activities and book clubs and my Dad sitting me on his lap as we shared his favorite genre, poetry. As a young reader I loved reading realistic fiction like the Beverly Cleary books. When I was in fifth grade a determined school librarian insisted that I read The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene DuBois. I am so grateful to her for introducing me to fantasy, a genre that I still enjoy reading. Now I have the opportunity to foster the love of reading in my students. I create my lessons and select the library materials that support our curriculum with this in mind. Weekly checkout time is a great opportunity for me to find out what they like to read and make recommendations. Finding out that a student loves the book that I recommended is always thrilling. 

My fascination with technology started with a class that I took about using the TRS-80 computer (yes, that was in the 1970s!). I love learning new things. Today I don't know what I would do without my laptop, iPad, and iPhone. Technology has opened up an exciting world of information to all of us. In my library lessons I introduce students to the various print and electronic resources available to them, and how to use them. This includes searching our library catalog, using online and print atlases, almanacs, nonfiction books, and databases. We talk about the best ways of finding answers to our questions. Sometimes this evolves into a research project. The library curriculum includes a seven step method for research called the Independent Investigation Method. Students learn about brainstorming a topic, questioning, note-taking, citing sources, evaluating information, and organizing information. They may create a slide show, a podcast, a QR code or other product in order to share what they have learned. I love seeing the pride McKenzie students have as they accomplish these real world skills.

My first year at McKenzie began in 2004. I feel very fortunate to work everyday in a job that I find so rewarding and exciting.

My Education
BS in Elementary Education, University of Illinois, Champaign
MS in Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, Champaign
National Board Certified Teacher