Author Archives: Allison Peters

An Update on the AISL Mentor Program

“The mind is not a vessel that needs filling, but wood that needs igniting.” Plutarch The Board is thrilled to announce that the Mentor Program is here! In the AISL Membership Survey conducted earlier this year, almost 50% of our … Continue reading

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To Starting New

This year, our school’s library staff shifted into new roles. That’s why the first word I added to the LS Library’s WOW Word Wall was neophyte. While experienced librarians, we are beginners together on this new adventure. Our team structure … Continue reading

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Puppy Tales

In the spring, we welcomed a puppy into our little family.  As we cuddle, house train, walk around the neighborhood, and feed him, characters and moments in children’s literature spring to mind.  Here are some examples: During an in-house Nathaniel … Continue reading

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Poetrees and Flutterbies

At this time of year we celebrate Spring, Poetry, and Butterflies in the Primary wing of the Lower School.  Many classes read books about the seasons, all classes read and write poems, and our second graders learn about butterflies, each … Continue reading

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Invite More Cuteness to Your Library!

If you’ve ever had a Get Caught Reading! bulletin board in your school, you know what I am talking about. Cuteness! This year we made it a goal to take pictures of students reading quietly in the library and post … Continue reading

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Mr. Wiggle and No-No-Never-Never

Hello, AISLers!  Welcome to 2016.  Welcome back to school. Welcome back to Independent Ideas. Earlier this school year I asked you, the experts in the field, for ideas on how to augment my first grade unit on book care.  That … Continue reading

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“I thought you were a nice Librarian”

That’s what one student said as I wrapped up a surprise lesson on plagiarism. In truth, I try to be a pretty nice librarian and like all of us, I hold students accountable to high expectations. To perform research well … Continue reading

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Origin Story VI

Welcome back to our summer series of Origin Stories. Reading the Origin Stories posted this summer I notice that we all have a lot in common regarding love of reading, teaching, sharing, and well, reading!  My origin story fits right … Continue reading

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Origin Story V

Welcome back to the Independent Ideas summer series, Origin Stories. Today, Claire Hazzard, from St. Clement’s School in Toronto, shares how she found librarianship. *** Like most other AISL librarians, I’ve always loved to read. I was the kid who … Continue reading

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Origin Story IV

Welcome back to the Independent Ideas Summer Series, Origin Stories. Today we will head down to Georgia to meet Rivka Genesen from the Heritage School. *** “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” -Seneca (allegedly- this attribution is disputed) … Continue reading

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