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Serving International Students

This year I’ve been looking at a couple of “big picture” issues at our library, squeezing in my investigations around the edges of everyday library life: user experience, especially of our online presence, and examining those new AASL standards with … Continue reading

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Strategic Searching

Each year I partner with our phenomenal 7th grade history teacher to do a lesson on Strategic Searching and ProQuest. The students are tasked with finding information about an issue in Latin America; however, if they put Issue in Latin … Continue reading

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Inquiry through Interview: What is the news supposed to do?

  Guest post by Chris Young. A version of this post originally appeared in January on my blog, The Cardigan Papers. I often wonder if middle and high school students are as concerned about the integrity of the news media … 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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Biography Book Musical Chairs

In February, Black History Month, our Fourth Grade students studied the Civil Rights movement.  Inspired by the Unquiet Librarian’s Musical Chairs + Book Tasting * we played a little musical chairs of our own: Biography Book Musical Chairs.  Through this fun … Continue reading

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Affective Labor is Real: A Librarian’s Guide to Navigating #NeverAgain

Guest Post by Elaine Levia Here we are. It is hard for me to write that only the most recent events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida have inspired this post. We’ve been inundated with stories of  … Continue reading

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Lower School: You can find it anyplace–even in the Middle School

Scene 1: It’s a Tuesday in the Middle School library, and Sophie–a 5th grader–is arriving for library class. She has her iPad in her hands, and has evidently walked all the way from the Middle School building (close to 100 … Continue reading

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Shoe or phone?

  We cannot be the only school library that likes to have power cords available for use by students in need. Sometimes phone but mostly laptop, requests are frequent and desperate, so we’re happy to help. Except for the fact … Continue reading

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Be Internet Awesome

For so long, we have relied on Common Sense Media’s digital citizenship curriculum and Digital Passport activities in Lower School, but now we have a new (to us) option — Be Internet Awesome by Google. For those unfamiliar, here’s a … Continue reading

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Reading creates community

Sorry for the delayed posting; last week was Book Fair week! “She’s quiet, shy, and always has her nose in a book.” “She needs to connect with those around her.” “She isn’t learning how to navigate the real world.” “She … Continue reading

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