I would *really* love to plug the AISL Summer Institute that is taking place at my school in 8 days(!!), but between last minute plans for exactly that, grades and comments being due like now, end of year book donations, and faculty meetings galore, I’m going to need YOUR help to get this blog post done.
Are you up for it? I need you, friends!
Let’s talk about the best of the best that we found this year. Maybe we can add some books to our vaca to-read list, maybe we can play with some apps in our ample free time, maybe we can plant seeds for lessons to take place in the fall? Let’s see where this goes. Come on, it’ll be fun! Just copy/paste this, replace my answers with your own and if you think of something I missed, add it! The person who comments below you can copy YOUR list and this ‘best of’ thing can grow and grow.
Best fiction: “Salt to the Sea” by Sepetys (reading now)
Best non-fiction: tie for me–“The Boys in the Boat” by Brown and “The Organized Mind: thinking straight in the age of information overload” by Levitin
Best YA fiction: “I’ll Give You the Sun” by Nelson
Best Graphic Novel: “Smile” (my reluctant reader 5th grade daughter loved it!)
Favorite App: Nearpod for presentations & Netvibes for blog aggregation (Overdrive for audio books, a big duh, I know, but I got really into ebooks this year.)
Most Improved App you should check out again: Evernote
Top Circulating Magazine in your library: Mental Floss & People
Favorite Database: Gale’s Global Issues in Context
Most excited to try out in ’16-’17: Personal Librarian Program, Ebsco Discovery Service, hosting an author
Most popular book display: Blind Date with a Book (February)
Favorite Non-AISL Blogs: Free Tech for Teachers, The Unquiet Library, the 21st Century Library
Most binge worthy Netflix/Prime Show (hey, Librarians are human too): Poldark, Mozart in the Jungle, Catastrophe, The Good Wife
Programmatic Success in 2016: Pop Up Maker space with monthly challenges (low–>high tech)
Most dreaded end of year task: Inventory (cue dramatic music)
Book I most want to read this summer: Outlander, book 1
O.k. your turn! Copy/paste, modify, add to, do what you like, but use the comments to let us know what was a big hit in your world in 2016!