Author Archives: Joan Lange

Curation and Curiosity

The librarian’s role as curator was the topic of a TxLA conference session by Joyce Valenza. For anyone who has attended one of Joyce’s high-energy presentations, you know that you leave with your brain whirling with new ideas. This session … Continue reading

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Magical Portals for Research

“A straight line is not the shortest distance between two points.” Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle in Time Searching a special collections archive can at times feel as mind-boggling as finding the wrinkles that lead you to another time dimension. How … Continue reading

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Thinking Like Leonardo

In the “Should it be STEM or STEAM” debate, no one is a better poster child of how Science and Art complement each other than Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo’s journals are filled with close observations of nature and the human … Continue reading

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Launching an Idea Wall

This year, new school construction provided opportunities for our middle school library. A library office and workspace disappeared to create a hallway connecting the new lower school building to the middle school building. It felt like the old adage…”it’s not … Continue reading

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Books of Hope and Resilience

“Hope” is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all.                                    … Continue reading

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Weaving Literature into Science: Novel Engineering

“You have been my friend. That in itself is a tremendous thing.  I wove my webs for you because I liked you….By helping you, perhaps I was trying to lift up my life a trifle. Heaven knows anyone’s life can … Continue reading

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Take a Reading Field Trip

“History is more than war and politics; it is literature, the arts, engineering…above all, history is human.” This quote is a constant refrain in David McCullough’s recent book, The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For, which is a … Continue reading

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Teaching Empathy with Primary Sources

“They never saw a child.” Ruby Bridges It was my first reading of The Watson’s Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, and I was fascinated by the book’s structure: most of the book is not about Civil Rights, but … Continue reading

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Judging a Book by Its Cover

Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.  Voltaire “Judging a book by its cover” has the negative connotation of shallow perceptions and narrow-mindedness; however, in a recent Design Principles unit, 7th and 8th grade students examined cover … Continue reading

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The Rule of Three: Making Stories Memorable

  Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.    Mark Twain   Don’t be mislead by the Mark Twain quote; this article is not a commentary about political elections, but rather, … Continue reading

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