Monday, September 30, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Cassie Sullivan is living a quiet life with her family, with the normal concerns of a teenage girl, when an alien ship is spotted within our solar system. Are they friendly? Will they attack? For days, nothing happens. Then suddenly, all electricity is knocked out throughout the world. Days later, tsunamis take out the coasts. Next, sickness kills a large percentage of the population. In the fourth wave, aliens systematically hunt the remaining humans. But the worst is yet to come in...the fifth wave. How will Cassie survive? How will she know who to trust? And how can she save not only what remains of her family, but possibly the remainder of her own humanity?
The 5th Wave, by Rick Yancey, is an action-packed science fiction novel that asks the question, “What if an alien invasion isn’t the full-out attack we think it will be?” The characters are likable and realistic, and the plot keeps you guessing until the end. Readers who enjoy end-of-the world type novels like Life as We Knew It or Ashfall, or alien invasion books such as The Host or Ender's Game, will love The 5th Wave.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
“The freedom to read is essential to our democracy. It is continuously under attack...." — Freedom to Read Statement
At the AASL Affiliate Assembly, state associations were encouraged to consider an organizational membership in The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF), a non-profit legal and educational organization affiliated with (but not part of) the American Library Association. While the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom offers advice and resources related to intellectual freedom, the FTRF actually supports litigation related to censorship and other intellectual freedom issues. For $50, the Iowa Association of School Librarians now is an organizational member supporting important work in defense of free speech.
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Banned Books Week Sept. 22-28, 2013
One: Stay Informed
Two: Challenge Censorship
Three: Support Your Local Schools and Libraries
Four: Check out a Banned Book!
Did you know….
“Every burned book enlightens the world.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Check out the link below to find...this map is drawn from cases documented by ALA and the Kids' Right to Read Project, a collaboration of the National Coalition Against Censorship and the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
"What is obvious to you, is amazing to others."
In our profession, we must share our ideas, our experiences, our successes and failures with one another - and with the public. If we stay silent, we keep others from sharing in our "genius" moments, and worst of all, hide the great things we and our colleagues do for students in our schools.
Thanks to Kathy Kaldenberg for always reminding us of this saying and "living" it in real life, too! You can follow Kathy (@scsdmedia) and other great Iowa Teacher Librarians on Twitter. Follow our organization @IowaASL and check our followers and following lists for more inspirational folks to add to your PLN!
Let's all share our ideas and advocate for our students' right to great librarians!
Friday, September 13, 2013
The Iowa Association of School Librarians holds its Annual Membership Meeting as part of the Iowa Library Association Conference each year. This year’s conference runs from October 16-18 in Coralville.
This year’s IASL Membership meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 17th, from 4:30-5:15 at the Coralville Marriott. Our meeting will be held in the following room, Oakdale III.
This year’s theme is Healthy Libraries Build Healthy Communities. Jean Thompson, author of this year’s All Iowa Reads title The Year We Left Home, will speak at Friday’s luncheon. Other presenters include Ted Wegner, the Grassroots Coordinator for the American Library Association Washington Office, and Emily Sheketoff, the Associate Executive Director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office. Ted is the son of retiring State Librarian Mary Wegner.
More information about the conference is available on the ILA Web Site at www.iowalibraryassociation.org.
Here is a link to the Conference Registration Brochure: http://www.iowalibraryassociation.org/images/Conference_Planning_2013/ILA-2013-Reg-Brochure-Web.pdf
Here is a link to the July/August 2013 Catalyst , which features articles about the conference:
As IASL's representative on the ILA Planning Committee, I welcome your input on the ILA Conference. You can contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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