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Blogs By and For Librarians. By Cristy Moran on December 26, 2012 There is no lack of literature on the use of blogs for libraries and librarians. Prior to the use of Facebook and Twitter, librarians had long been creating blogs for their libraries. Blog to inform! Blog to market! Blog to stay relevant! But blogging for library patrons is only one avenue that librarians have taken with their blogs; yet another has been blogging to communicate with their LIS peers about their experiences, emerging trends and technology, and library best practices. There are hundreds of librarian and library-related blogs and the following list presents a selection of those blogs that cover a variety of subjects and specializations, are regularly updated with new content, and are often cited and recommended by other librarians.

Bobbi Newman’s blog, Librarian by Day at should be the go-to blog for any librarian interested in emerging digital technologies and Library 2.0. Tags: blogs. Mrs. Orman's Classroom: New Books for Your Classroom Library. I've had more time to catch up on young adult literature over the past several months, so I'm sharing some of my favorites with you--and some that I am highly anticipating--that are essentials for your classroom (or school) library. (Click on the images to purchase via Amazon associates links.) I wrote about Tomi Adeyemi's book Children of Blood and Bone on my other blog here. It's a different take on police brutality--one that infuses the theme in a fantasy world. (Read my post for more specifics about the plot.) It's also going to be a movie and I guarantee the special effects will be spectacular. Children of Blood and Bone is the first in the Legacy of Orïsha trilogy and you'll definitely want to pre-order the second and third books for your classroom, as well.

Last year I wrote about reading Angie Thomas's book The Hate U Give here and here. Her next book, On the Come Up, will be released June 5 of this year. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland was just released this week. Penguin Random House Showcase - Teen Librarian Toolbox. If you’ve read my frequent posts detailing new books, you know the deal: I get lots of book mail. LOTS. Now, at the moment I’m in a bit of a reading slump (let’s be real: I’m in a bit of a life slump), so opening all of these packages daily is starting to intimidate me.

I WANT to read them all. I will TRY to read them all. At the very, very least, I will share them with you here in the hopes that YOU will go read them! All of the books I get end up going back out the door in some fashion—to young readers I know, to classroom libraries of friends, to my own school, my kid’s high school, or in giveaways. I can’t read/review every book I get (again, see: WANT, TRY), but it’s fun to be able to sift through boxes and see what grabs my attention, and to see what books will find loving new homes with the right reader. Pull out your TBR lists or get ready to add to the orders for books that stock your library or classroom shelves. “The energy. June, 1941. J.D. and the Hair Show Showdown by J. The Educator's PLN - The personal learning network for educators. Classroom 2.0.

EdWeb: A professional online community for educators. 5 of the Best School Library Programs Changing Lives Today. Wild Outside by Les Stroud (Annick Press). From surviving a frigid night in northern Canada to munching on grubs in the Australian Outback, Les Stroud’s passion for the outdoors has driven him to some of the planet’s most remote and beautiful locations. In Wild Outside, he invites readers into his world of wilderness adventures with fast-paced stories, nature facts, and practical advice for spending time outside. Featuring kid-friendly activities and tips like how to safely observe wildlife, Stroud shows readers that adventure awaits everywhere—whether in a jungle or a city park.

Andrew P. Barr’s dramatic illustrations amp up the excitement alongside photos of Survivorman’s adventures. Checking out books, asking for research help, and joining a book club are wonderful ways many students can enjoy their school’s library. But as the years have passed, the school library programs and opportunities offered by education institutions have grown in fascinating ways. Carter G. Youtube. American Library Association (@ALALibrary) / Twitter.

Summer Reading Activities. As soon as school is out, I am on the lookout for great summer reading activities. It is so important for kids to keep reading over the summer, and fun activities can be just the encouragement they need. Why is Summer Reading so important? Statistics show that reading just 30 minutes a day can greatly decrease the effects of summer slide. That means children who read will not lose those critical skills they worked so hard to achieve during the school year, and they can go back to class confident, and on level with where they left off. Sometimes it helps to have a bit of motivation though. I’ve compiled a set of fun, summer reading activities that can work for kids in a variety of ages. Which one is my kid’s favorite? Summer Reading Activities 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Once the child has reached their goal number of scoops, they get a special ice cream date with mom or dad.

Can you guess what my kids’ favorite activity is? FREE Summer Reading Activity Have a great summer! Summer Preschool Worksheets. The Art of Creating Book Displays (Part 2) - Knowledge Quest. This is the second post in a series about creating book displays in the school library. There is a true art to creating a successful book display, one in which students will stop and scan the titles, maybe browse a few, and check out at least one.

It is important to be intentional about the topic you choose and the types of books you include. The goal of the display is to be appealing to as many students as possible so the books get checked out! Too often library-school coursework doesn’t include formal training on how to create a physical book display, but librarians are full of ideas and creativity! This is where the power of networking and social media are at its finest–with suggestions and support galore. Why create book displays? I create book displays for all kinds of reasons, but primarily it is to give books that are usually overlooked some limelight. What locations are best? I have also found great success in putting books on display at the end of the individual shelves, too.

5 Reasons Why You Should Plan School Library Events • The Trapped Librarian. Last Updated on January 21, 2021 by Laura It’s no secret that I believe your library should be the center of your school. School library events are a fun and engaging way to make that happen. I’ve got 5 reasons why you should start planning your school library events now! School Library Events Build Excitement Nothing creates more of a buzz in my library than a good room transformation.

School Library Events can Involve Parents and Families Fun library events can help families connect with your school. School Library Events Build a Culture of Reading Libraries have always been associated with reading, but special events give you a way to make reading more exciting. School Library Events Give Opportunities for Creativity In recent years, our libraries have expanded to become places to make and create. School Library Events Help Us Make Connections Outside of Our Schools You Can Do It! School library events can help you make your library the center of your school. Learn More! Be the Light! 10 Ways to Explode Your Students’ Excitement for Reading! - Kids Read Now. 10 Ways to Explode Your Students’ Excitement for Reading! How do you get kids excited about books? Over my 25 years of teaching, I’ve discovered many ways to spark excitement. Here are 10 to get you started: Start an After-School Book Club Invite a guest reader from the community to kick off the meetings.

After the read-aloud, the kids spread out to read independently or with a friend. You can also invite a high school sport team or club to buddy read with the kids. Be a “Book Fairy” Use your points from Scholastic book clubs or grants to gift books to kids. Invite Guest Leaders as Readers Leaders in schools and the community love to be a part of this and your students will be inspired to see what some of their role models read. Encourage Kid-Created Contagious Book Reviews When a student reads a book they love, have them create a book review to share with the class. Hold a Reading Marathon Kick off the Year with a Book Tasting Event Host Book-Bartering Days Get Your Own Little Free Library. Pinterest: Discover and save creative ideas. Get Inspired by These Amazing School Library Ideas - BookPal. 16 Inspiring School Libraries To Motivate Young Readers. School libraries are becoming a bit rarer these days, which makes them all the more precious.

Treasure yours by filling it with motivating words and artwork that draw young readers in to explore. These inspirational school libraries will give you some ideas to fit pretty much any budget. Go ahead, build a literary wonderland! 1. Create Book Smiles These 3-D books pack a big pop! You could easily replicate this idea using poster board and styrofoam. Source: Janice Davis/Coroflot 2. The closer you look, the more you spot the amazing details in this awesome mural.

Source: A Girl and a Glue Gun 3. Dr. Source: Lola Murals 4. You may not have the resources to recreate the dimensional details of this incredible library, but you could definitely paint walls (and steps!) Source: OUP Libraries/Twitter 5. What a great sentiment! Source: Classroom Pinspirations/Instagram 6. Children’s book characters riding a roller coaster together?

7. Source: Settlers Primary School Library Mural/Behance 8. 9. 10. 11. How a School Library Increased Student Use by 1,000 Percent. High School Library Activities. Unfortunately, most high school students do not see the library as a cool place to be. Whether or not you can change that, you can plan some entertaining and enriching activities for them to perform during their scheduled library time. By putting some time into planning these library events you may be able to get them to voluntarily spend more time in the library. Library Scavenger Hunt This activity is for your students to better understand the library and to see all that it has to offer. Get Caught Reading This school-wide activity encourages students to read during their free time. Readers Theater This activity can help students become more excited about material in classic works of literature that are found in the library.

Book Buffet The Book Buffet activity gives students an opportunity to read genres that they never would have picked up by themselves. New school librarian? 10 things you should do first... - Mrs. ReaderPants. Skip to content Menu Currently Reading... Just finished... Leigh's bookshelf: read Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol The Rabbits' Rebellion by Ariel Dorfman Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston Holidate by Monica Murphy Share <a rel="nofollow" href=" reviews</a> and ratings with Leigh, and even join a <a rel="nofollow" href=" club</a> on Goodreads.

New school librarian? You’ve landed a brand new school librarian job–congratulations! Fast-forward to August. Honey, we have all been there. Hang in there–it will get better! 1. As a new school librarian, you will need to wear many hats. Prepare your circulation station. Don’t have any manual check out sheets? I created these cute manual checkout forms and slips, which will work for any grade level.

Grab my FREE manual checkout forms & slips 2. Your new school library will change much in your time there, and you will want to document that. 3. Looking for more? 4. 5. 1. SLM19 Activity Ideas2. STEM Subjects | Free PD Webinars. All webinars are now available on-demand and include closed captioning in English and Spanish. STEM Subjects: Wonk Out with the Experts Did you know Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) jobs in the U.S. will grow by nearly 10 percent by 2024? Policymakers at all levels of government and leaders in the private sector are emphasizing the importance of educating students for STEM-related jobs.

Innovation driven by educators and students is taking the world by storm, and Share My Lesson has the professional development content to help you engage with students to help nurture the promise of a budding passion for STEM. At Share My Lesson’s 2020 Virtual Conference, you’ll engage with colleagues, experts and organizations looking to drive scientific advancement and foster a broader interest in mathematics. How will you help your students propel civilization to new heights and inspire lasting success? Earn Credit: Learn how you can earn professional development credit. STEM Without Sharing Materials - STEM Activities for Kids. One of the best things about STEM activities is the collaboration and cooperation skills integrated into every project. So hearing the recommendation from the CDC that students shouldn’t share materials has caused many a STEM teacher’s heart to break. Although necessary for the current times of COVID, it seems impossible to teach STEM without sharing materials.

It’s not impossible, though. We just have to go about it little differently for the time being. To prevent the spread of coronavirus, we may need keep kids apart, but that doesn’t mean students can’t do STEM activities. Here are some ideas for teaching STEM without sharing materials: Modify challenges so each student builds their own. Towers with Twelve Cards: Stem for One by Teachers are Terrific Engineer with paper (preferably recycled). Simple STEAM with Paper from Meredith Anderson Paper Cylinder Flyer from More Than a Worksheet Paper Column from More Than a Worksheet (free) Engineer with other bulk materials. Get digital. Related. SEL and STEM: Using the Engineering Design Process to Develop SEL Skills. Presented by Jill Olson, Senior Director, Operations & Professional Development, EiE®, the Museum of Science, Boston Moderated by Heather Gunsallus, Vice President, STEM Education, EiE®, the Museum of Science, Boston Sponsored by EiE: Creating a Generation of Problem Solvers Register Here The recording will be posted on this page after the live session.

Closed captioning will be added to the recording within 2 weeks of the live presentation. When students use the Engineering Design Process (EDP) to productively imagine, create, and improve solutions to problems, they develop the same Habits of Mind that engineers, computer scientists, and other professional problem solvers use every day. This edWebinar will be of interest to PreK-8 teachers, librarians, school and district leaders, education technology leaders, STEM coaches, and science specialists. About the Presenter Jill Olson is the senior director of operations and professional development for EiE of the Museum of Science, Boston. STEM Resource Webinars & Workshops - STEM Ecosystems. 200+ Exciting Elementary STEM Projects. The Ultimate Guide to STEM Boxes - The Stem Laboratory. Whether you’re creating Makerspaces, STEM centers or early finisher activities, these tips and tricks make it so easy to pull together effective and engaging STEM boxes in your primary classroom or homeschool.

P.S. Grab our popular Endless STEM Challenge Bundle HERE! Find out tons of sanity saving teacher hacks. And, to help you get started fast, grab a set of free editable printables including: –> Editable box labels to help you stay organized, –> Editable student checklists to easily keep track of student work, –> and Community Helper Pattern Blocks as well as LEGO challenge cards to set up your first STEM center.

Supplies on Amazon Here are the direct links to STEM box supplies on Amazon: –> Snap top bins –> Labeling pockets –> Bright colored paper –> Binder rings Grab Your Printables Ready to jump in and get started?! January STEM Read Alouds — Carly and Adam. Just Do It ... Start Makerspaces | Library Patch. The Monthly STEAM Challenge - Knowledge Quest. Need makerspace supplies? Host a Community Supply Drive! The Show Me Librarian: All Things STEAM.