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Let’s give them something to talk about

I want to share with you some really good books that I’ve been reading that you might like to consider for Black History Month, or an all campus read, or maybe you’re looking for a book to anchor your mental … Continue reading

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on messed up library lessons…

Sometimes, when I plan and execute information literacy lessons and things go well, I feel like the… I pat myself on the back and write about it in the AISL blog and I’m all, “Yay! School libraries rock! I rock! … Continue reading

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Search Alouds: Showing Not and Telling the Search Process

When I have the opportunity to work with students within the the core subjects I attempt to make research sessions active for students. I have noticed from the past when I was doing most of the talking and pointing out … Continue reading

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Self-check out with Lower School

One of my favorite aspects of teaching and working with children is learning how to eat my words and ideas as gracefully as possible. When I arrived in my Pre-K-12 library in 2014 I had a lot of limits- never … Continue reading

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“Worms” In Literature and Beyond…

Last year one of the books on the list for the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award books was The Worm Whisperer by Betty Hicks. The story is about a boy who spends lots of time outdoors with animals and who … Continue reading

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Trouble With Simple Advice

Never teach something that will need to be unlearned later. This seems like such simple advice, and in today’s world never more important. In a diverse world still searching for social justice, we cling to our myths and the traditions … Continue reading

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Button button, who’s got the button?

As part of our low-tech makerspace, we recently purchased a button maker. (An informal poll indicated that kids were more likely to make and wear smaller buttons, so we went with the 1″ model). This week is the first time we’ve made it available: … Continue reading

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Using Asana in the Library

Hello from Mercersburg Academy! My name is Alexandra Patterson and I am the Director of Library Services at Mercersburg Academy. I’m so excited to share about what we are doing in the Mercersburg Library with everyone. It’s funny that Katie’s … Continue reading

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When will I finally…

I don’t know about all of you, but I do not feel I have fully mastered the whole getting-it-all-done-and-with-flair-too thing. With every new school year, I feel that sense of excitement and promise and opportunity, and then, “How is it … Continue reading

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Plaid Is Not A Fad In Our Library!

Recently our library decided to redo our furniture. The old furniture had been in place for over 20 years! We had designers visit our school, but we were not in love with any of the choices. In addition, we would … Continue reading

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