2018-2019 Elementary Library Yearly Theme: Ubuntu


For the 2018-2019 school year, our libraries will be encouraged to implement the ubuntu philosophy in the libraries by teaching and modeling four core principles. They are,

  1. Be curious
  2. Be considerate of the needs of others
  3. Create a reading community
  4. Leave the library better than you found it

Each school will be encouraged to participate in our GSD Elementary Library Design Challenge to create illustrations for each of the four core principles. For more information about that challenge, please check out this post. Four illustrations will be selected to be part of our ubuntu poster that will then be printed and distributed to every elementary school library.



Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation. (2015, April 29). What is Ubuntu? Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMSqZckROfA&disable_polymer=true

Positive Coaching. (2015, June 09). Doc Rivers’ Ubuntu Culture: ‘I Am Because We Are’. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHmB8pe3e9U

TedTalks. (2013, December 09). Boyd Varty: What I learned from Nelson Mandela. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FV-c2FnPnDE

Tutu, D. (2000). No future without forgiveness. New York, NY: Doubleday.

Ubuntu. (2010, June 30). Retrieved from https://thehurt.wordpress.com/2010/06/30/ubuntu/

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2 thoughts on “2018-2019 Elementary Library Yearly Theme: Ubuntu”

  1. Although I am enjoying retirement, this theme sparked the thought of wishing I could participate!! I simply love it, so perfect, absolutely beautiful and timely. Lucky library staff to participate and lucky students who enter each week to feel this spirit!!

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