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My To-Do List

I am so thrilled to be writing this from beautiful New Orleans, where I’m attending the AISL annual conference for the first time! As I bask, I want to share what I’m sure are just the very beginnings of my … Continue reading

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Mental Illness in YA Fiction

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness (from http://www.nami.org). Two years ago, one of my students, Katherine, began … Continue reading

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on Gilligan in the library…

I’m going to just put it out there. This is an awkward subject and an awkward post, but here goes… Sometimes being a librarian makes me feel like I’m Gilligan stuck on a deserted island. A lot of the time … 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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Pajama Storytime

My students and I have different experiences, or lack thereof, of the public library and its programming. Our student body draws from across nine Georgia counties, which can range from suburban to rural; the libraries are not necessarily a walkable … Continue reading

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The Things I Can Do

Lower School students are buzzing with excitement for our upcoming author visit with Jeff Mack.   Jeff Mack is an author and illustrator of extraordinary picture books and a middle grade chapter book series called Clueless McGee. First Graders laughed their … Continue reading

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Distinguishing evidence from analysis: A student’s perspective on the first step in source evaluation

Sara Zoroufy is a junior and the Research Teaching Assistant for the Castilleja School library. Inspired by Nora Murphy’s work on source literacy, Sara chose to spend this year observing research lessons and unpacking how she and other students think … Continue reading

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Uncle Sam — err, the AISL Board — wants you!

If your school is anything like mine, one of the values we strive to instill in our students is community service, or volunteerism. Not just to pad a college or university resume, but a genuine investment of time in an … Continue reading

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A storyteller

Last week, Canada lost one of its most beloved storytellers: writer & broadcaster Stuart McLean, host of the seemingly perennial Vinyl Café , passed away leaving quite a legacy. For decades, people from all across our country – from small … Continue reading

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Shelfie Challenge

This year, my 3rd/4th grade team of teachers decided to change up the way they were teaching technology. Our two classes function independently of each other, but they have been yearning for some joint planning time as well as opportunities … Continue reading

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