Friday, September 28, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"Poetry is poetry, and one's objective as a poet is to achieve poetry, precisely as one's objective in music is to achieve music." Poetry Rocks! Modern American Poetry by Sheila Griffin Llanas

Thursday, September 27, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"Love is like sticking your car keys in a pocket with your sunglasses and thinking your glasses won't get scratched." Purple Daze by Sherry Shahan

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"Seth had never seen a storm gather so fast. A choking sense of dread was growing inside him." Havoc by Chris Wooding 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe" Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll

Monday, September 24, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"I felt her come by later, as I was dozing off. Her standing, by my bed. The depth of shadow of a person felt behind closed eyelids." The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Friday, September 21, 2012

YA Book of the Day

 "We are Lorien and Earth's only hope, and we are prepared to sacrifice everything. Power in numbers will save us all."  The Rise of Nine (book #3 of I Am Number Four) by Pittacus Lore

Thursday, September 20, 2012

YA Book of the Day

 "One day, I'll find the wolf. ... and he'll know I've been waiting, searching for him all my life." The Wolf by Steven Herrick

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

YA book of the Day

 "I start my reentry into the next life. I really hope it's better than this one." The Death of Jason Porter by Jaime Adoff

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

YA Book of the Day

" I lost my boyfriend, Lucca. Love doesn't tell time. Love is simply there or it isn't." Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder

Monday, September 17, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"I can't believe no one else can hear I am screaming inside my head." I Don't Want To Be Crazy by Samantha Schutz

Friday, September 14, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"Michael, Tommy, Mixer, and Bones aren't just from the wrong side of the tracks - they're from the wrong side of everything." Gentlemen by Michael Northrop

Thursday, September 13, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"When we started the website we wanted it to be honest. ...some people will say anything. Anything to hurt someone else..." The Truth About Truman School by Dori Hillestad Butler

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"The list was my idea. I didn't mean for anyone to die. Will you ever forgive me?" Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

IASL dates for your calendar

Many of you are planning your professional development activities for this school year. Be sure to put this on your calendar now!

The annual conference of the Iowa Association of School Librarians will be held Sunday evening April 7 and all day Monday April 8, 2012 at Kirkwood Event Center in Cedar Rapids.

Rooms will be available at conference rate at The Hotel.

Additional details and announcement of our keynote speaker to come later.

YA Book of the Day

"My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die." Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

Monday, September 10, 2012

What To Look For at the ILA From the IASL

The Iowa Association of School Librarians is sponsoring a number of sessions at the Iowa Library Association Conference in Dubuque Oct. 10-12. The theme is We’re all in this TOGETHER.

More information is available on the ILA web site at

IASL is sponsoring a Wednesday preconference with Christopher Harris, the Director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in western New York.

Here’s a description of his session:
1. Dealing with Digital
Pre-Conference with Christopher Harris

 What does it mean for our schools and libraries that information is going digital? The rise of the ebook is neither the end of the book nor the end of the librarian.

Christopher Harris, the Director of the School Library System for the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership in western New York, will better equip librarians who work with youth and teens, to guide students and colleagues through the digital information wilds. "Our mission," Harris notes, "is to find safe ways to get to yes for technologies that drive inquiry, creativity, and student engagement with digital learning." In the near future, this means coming to grips with ebooks, open educational resources (OER), and bring your own device (BYOD) schools. All of this, of course, is wrapped within the need to adapt to Common Core instruction. But don’t despair, working together, we will find ways to deal with digital...and everything else!

This training will include:

•         A work session on bring-your-own-device (BYOD)

•         A work session on open educational resources (OER)

•         A work session on ebooks/econtent

The training will end with time to plan for incorporating digital in your library program.

Cost is only $30 for IASL members; $40 for non-members.

More details to come on other sessions!

Becky Johnson
President, IASL

YA Book of the Day

"The girl had reached the wall, and was opening a door marked NO ADMITTANCE. She beckoned the blue-haired boy after her, and they slipped through the door." City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Friday, September 7, 2012

YA Book of theDay

"It was a dead body, someone he could have saved but chose not to. Jacob had let the person die because,
in his view, it was the right thing to do." Thirteen days to midnight by Patrick Carman

Thursday, September 6, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"I was covered in blood when the police found me." Low red moon by Ivy Devlin

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"A girl in a green dress stands waiting, her heart pounding. Me. The screen is dark and it stays dark. That can mean only one thing."  Matched by Ally Condie

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

YA Book of the Day

"You can't. It's April twenty-first! Nobody ever advances a baby this late in the month." Birthmarked by Caragh M. O'Brien