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Prepping for Exam Week in the Library

We’ve just had fall term exams at Mercersburg Academy and I wanted to share a few things that we did to help kids relieve stress. As a boarding school, students are able to come in to the library during the … Continue reading

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Following Through on Book Clubs, and, Windows & Mirrors

Over the last few years, avid and ambitious readers among the students and staff have pitched their book club desires to me. Naturally I’m game, but as our clubs and organizations already are challenged by finding time to meet I … Continue reading

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Global Library Partners

Recently my 7th grade history teacher approached me about making connections with students around the globe. She wanted students to have global pen pals for an authentic interaction. I immediately started working on the project and began researching possible partners. … Continue reading

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on new ways of seeing librarianship…

I started my career in education as an elementary classroom teacher. During that time I had the opportunity to teach in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grades. My favorite grade was 2nd. 7-year olds have this wondrous way of … 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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Some of the things we’ve been up to in Lower School

We started the year with How to Read a Story by Kate Messner and Mark Siegel. We love the new flexible furniture in our library instruction area. We are partnering with our local Independent book store, Tattered Cover, to host … Continue reading

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Why we chose the Silhouette Cameo 3 cutting machine

Enormous thanks to my colleague, Viola Lyons, for contributing this – as she did the research for the purchase, it made sense that she was the one to comment on the experience. When we were investigating which machine to buy, … Continue reading

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I Want to be a Librarian so I Can Read All Day

  I thought that I would have all sorts of wonderful insights into our “Library Re-imagining Project Using Design Thinking” by now … but we are still slogging along … the project, begun before the start of the last school … Continue reading

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Gearing up for Nonfiction November

November is one of those months that’s filled to the brim with reading and writing celebrations — from NaNoWriMo to National American Indian Heritage Month to Picture Book Month, and all of the other celebrations cleverly packed into this children’s … Continue reading

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Conflicted Thoughts about a presentation that was “Mostly True”

Remember the last time that you heard a speaker who challenged your thinking and perhaps made you question your role in your profession? Sometimes, like with professor Eric Mazur who keynoted FCIS a few years ago, I didn’t even realize … Continue reading

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