Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Book Review: The End of Our Story

What would you do if the man you thought you knew turned into a complete stranger?  

Will and Bridge have been best friends since elementary school, but it turned into something more as they grew older.  Bridge spent a lot of time at Will’s place growing up, hanging out in his father’s workshop while her mother was working. But Bridge messed up their romance in their junior year, and Will couldn’t forgive her.  Around the same time as Bridge disappeared from his life, Will’s father started acting differently.  Will found that he needed his best friend, but she wasn’t there.  Suddenly, both of their worlds are turned upside down when Will’s father is murdered during an apparent attempted robbery.  What does this mean for the future of Will and Bridge?  Can they find their way back together through tragedy, or are there too many secrets?

The End of Our Story, by Meg Haston, is a quick and engrossing read.  It is simultaneously a high school love story and a story about tumultuous family relationships.  The chapters can be slightly confusing as the narrators change between Will and Bridge, as well as time periods, flashing back to their love story as they were growing up, their time apart, and coming back to the present situation of Will’s murdered father.  The twist at the end is slightly predictable, but it is altogether a very enjoyable read.  Readers of John Green and Sarah Dessen will enjoy the The End of Our Story, by Meg Haston.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

IASL Awards Galore!

Check out the IASL Book Awards that were announced at the 2017 IASL Conference as well as our Distinguished Advocate Recipient and the Outstanding Library Program Awards!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

2017 IASL Conference: The Perfect Blend

The 2017 Iowa Association of School Librarians conference starts tomorrow (April 2)!

Don't forget to share and follow the learning via Twitter and Instagram with the conference hashtag: #IASL2017!

Monday, March 6, 2017

IASL Shirt Order

Attention IASL members!

The Membership Committee is organizing an IASL shirt order.  Purchases can be made through the links below.  There are two pick-up options.  The first, is to pick up at the conference.  The second option is to ship to an address of your choice.

If interested in ordering, please select the correct link for your pick-up method. Ordering will close March 19.

Please direct any questions to:
Miranda Kral, 
IASL At-Large Board Member, Membership Chair

Friday, February 10, 2017

Deadline to Comment on ESSA Draft Plan--FEBRUARY 15, 2017


The first draft of Iowa's Plan for implementation of the ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) is available until February 15th for review and comment. I urge you to go look through the draft and make comments online regarding the role of teacher librarians and effective school library programs.

The fast way to do this is to go to the plan and search for all mentions of libraries and librarians and read what they have planned. Then go to the online survey to make specific comments. Director Wise recommended that when commenting about language that suggestions be made such as, "In section 4 on page 48, amend the language under ENVIRONMENT, Physical Environment to read, "The extent to which school facilities are adequate, [add]equitable, clean, and up to date."

I attended the ESSA meeting with Director Wise and Associate Director Tilly in Marshalltown, and listened to their explanations of the plan. I urge you to comment. 

Thanks to the work of Christine Sturgeon, Becky Johnson, Val Ehlers, Sarah Staudt, and others in our organization, our voice has been heard loud and clear. But we cannot afford to go quiet. 

The second draft is slated to appear in May. The final draft is due in September. Implementation will likely be 2018-19.  

Friday, January 27, 2017

Book Review: Heartless

Living in the kingdom of Hearts, Lady Catherine loves baking and would love to open her own bakery with her best friend.  But her family expects her to marry the King of Hearts, who is perfectly nice but also slightly foolish.  Cath has no hope of making her dreams come true...until she meets the new mysterious court joker, Jest, and her dreams start to change.  Can she really sacrifice love for family duty?

Heartless is Marissa Meyer’s new work, set in the world of Alice in Wonderland (before Alice).  As in the Cinder series, there are many references to characters and ideas in the original, from the Cheshire cat to the Mad Hatter’s tea party to the looking glass between worlds, but with Meyer’s own twists. This new work starts to flow more quickly than her previous series, but if the reader doesn’t know much about Alice in Wonderland, they may not pick up on some of the foreshadowing.  Good for readers who enjoys twisted or fractured fairy tales.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

American Library Association's Youth Media Awards

Yesterday, the American Library Association announced this year's Youth Media Awards! If you haven't had the opportunity, be sure to check out the lists here: ALA 2017 Youth Media Award Winners.

And don't miss the opportunity to discuss these award-winning titles! Connect with other Midwest Teacher Librarians tonight (January 24) through #mwlibchat on Twitter!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Honoring our Retirees - Deadline Approaching!

Do you know an IASL member who is retiring this year?

Please complete this form so we can recognize their service at the spring conference!

Deadline for being recognized at the conference is February 1st!