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Chicago is a beautiful place in the summertime. After a long, cold (although in this year’s case not so snowy) winter the city comes alive. The cultural, cuisine, and sports attractions are all wonderful ways to pass a summer day, but it would be a shame to visit this city without also taking advantage of what nature has to offer. Of course, the largest natural feature of the Chicagoland area is the Lake Michigan shoreline. On a warm day hitting the beach is a great option. North Avenue Beach, right on Lake Shore Drive, is a popular destination. Also on Lake Shore Drive, but a little closer to downtown is Oak Street Beach. For those who wish for a less sandy outdoor experience the Lincoln Park Conservatory is not to be missed. The Chicago River is a natural feature nestled right in the middle of a cityscape that also offers opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Bridget Farrell is a middle school librarian in a northern suburb of Chicago.

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Library of Congress Blog (The following is a guest post by Rachel Telford, archivist with the Veterans History Project.) Norvel Preston Clotfelter. Veterans History Project. In 1917, Norvel Preston Clotfelter’s life was upended when he was drafted into the United States Army. He postponed his wedding, left his job as a school teacher in Mazie, Okla., and began his service at Camp Travis, Texas; he would go on to serve with the American Expeditionary Forces in England and France. But one thing in Clotfelter’s life did not change – he had been keeping a diary since 1912, a habit he would maintain for 37 years – and the 17 months he spent in the Army were no exception.

19 Young Adult Authors To Follow On Instagram Give your Instagram stream a literary makeover with this definitive list of young adult authors whose accounts you should be following. No seriously, go follow them and thank us later. If you like your InstaGs with a side of snark, then make sure to give these authors’ pics a double tap. Sara Benincasa Dude, she is hilarious and GREAT. (Pun intended.)

Information Skills Lesson Plans Resources for School Librarians - Index Menu for This Page: General Collections of Lesson Plans | The Dewey Decimal System | Reference Books and Web Sites | Worksheets | Research Methods and Reports | Miscellaneous and Holiday Lessons General Collections of Lesson Plans The Hub The Queen of Blood is the first book in Sarah Beth Durst’s Queens of Renthia series and one of the winner’s of YALSA’s 2017 Alex Awards. Today I’m thrilled to have Sarah Beth Durst here on the Hub to answer some questions about the book. Congratulations on The Queen of Blood’s selection as a 2017 Alex Award finalist! Where were you when you heard the news? Who was the first person you told about your win?

Donalyn Miller I’ll admit that I hold my children’s teachers to a higher than reasonable standard. Would you want my kid in your English class? As a parent, I could be a burr in your saddle. The Hidden Prince The city of Skyvale is in trouble. Magic use is rampant. Crime is spreading. Told from the perspective of Tobiah, the crown prince with a dangerous secret, and set two years before the heart-racing action of The Orphan Queen, this 100-page digital novella brings to life one of Jodi Meadows's most beloved characters. Tobiah Pierce knows he is a spoiled, sheltered prince, and he's tired of it.

Tips for Keeping Students Engaged By far, my most popular blog post is my 5 Tips for Engaging Students in the First Five Minutes of a Lesson. It has been viewed over 117,000 times since I posted it. At first that surprised me – like, fell-off-my-chair surprised me – but the more I think about it, the more I get it: good teachers deeply want to engage their students – especially teenagers. 40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents Use mealtimes to learn about one another’s musical tastes. Choose one night each week as music night and rotate who gets to choose.Be willing to talk during times that are comfortable for your children, such as while riding or driving, or on a walk. Sometimes not having to make constant direct eye contact can make the conversation flow better. Sending e-mail, telephone calls, handwritten cards, photos, children’s art, and personal letters are all wonderful ways to stay connected with your children’s long-distance relatives. Hang a whiteboard on your refrigerator or in a common area such as an entryway.

Hafuboti Hafuboti is the crazy dream of an Assistant Library Director/Creative Director, crafter, ukulele player, TV watcher, pop culture enthusiast, fibromyalgia manager, and Jim Henson fan. The goal of this blog and my shop is to have fun, be creative, share (ideas, displays, and decor – some home and a lot at my Nebraska public library). This blog definitely started off as a place to express my personal style, but then quickly transformed into a much more library-focused blog. Generally I write about “Librarian Stuff” i.e. displays, signs, passive programs, and big themes. But don’t be surprised to find the random “Life ‘n Stuff” post – feel free to skip those if they aren’t your thing. My non-business name is Rebecca and I’m a bit of a perfectionist, but I try hard not to take things too seriously (especially myself).

asthenovelprogresses SOOO this is was super fun! My first ever challenge featuring my best friend (who is a silly goose as you can tell from the video :P) and it went WAY better than I expected it to :D I hope you enjoy the video, and if you'd like to see more challenges like this definitely let me know! 10 Very Good Tools for Student Researchers January 27, 2016 One of the onerous parts in essay and academic writing is the bibliography section. Managing, organizing and citing references can sometimes be a real challenge especially if you don't keep track of what and who you cite. The last thing you want after a strenuous writing task is a messy bibliography with one reference missing a page number, the other needs publication date or, worse of all, having to go back to your sources to check for the source of that quotation you included in your conclusion. If you find yourself constantly grappling with problems such as these, the web tools below are absolutely something you might need to consider. These are some of the best applications for organizing, managing, and publishing bibliographies, citations and references.

Book Cover Images and Copyright - The Librarian Who Doesn't Say Shhh! I’m creating this post because I get a surprising number of hits on my FAQ page about this specific question! I figure people are googling the question, so crafting a post on it might be helpful for my googlers (this kids googling for book reports on The Time Machine, however, are still out of luck). The question comes from librarians and teachers, and involves some combination of: How can you use copyrighted book cover images on your blog?Do you ask for publisher permission?

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