Thursday, March 26, 2015

National Poetry Month-April 2015

Celebrate with an outstanding poem!

Whether you are creatively writing and/or reading poetry, Scholastic has some ideas to inspire the process for PreK-12th.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Book Review: Vanishing Girls, by Lauren Oliver

Nick (short for Nicole), her younger sister Dara, and their neighbor Parker are best friends, as thick as thieves through their growing up years.  They have secret hideouts, secret messages, and enough memories to fill up a book.  But when Nick and Dara’s parents are separated and divorced, everything starts to fall apart.  Dara begins to date Parker, and starts getting into trouble--sneaking out, staying out late, drinking, experimenting with drugs.  Nick does her best to keep Dara out of serious trouble with her parents, and her friendship with Parker is strained as Dara and Parker are on a cycle of break-ups and make-ups.  But everything takes a turn for the worse when Nick and Dara are in a devastating car accident.  Dara gives Nick the silent treatment, and Nick begins to suspect that Dara has gotten involved in something even worse than the typical teenage rebellion, which might involve a young girl that has gone missing in town.  Will things ever be “normal” again?

Vanishing Girls, by Lauren Oliver (Delirium; Before I Fall; Panic), is a riveting book about friendship and family.  Although it seems like a run-of-the-mill sister story, as pieces of the past are revealed through diary entries, blog posts and comments, and newspaper articles, the story draws you in deeper and deeper, until an intriguing twist at the end.  Readers who like realistic fiction with a touch of suspense will definitely enjoy Vanishing Girls.

Monday, March 23, 2015

STEM/STEAM series: Makerspaces

Put some STEAM into your library space.

 Makerspace is a hot topic/buzz word as of late in library land.

Does your library space present an opportunity to include some STEAM?  If so here is a slide show that may be of interest. 


Other STEM/Makerspaces Articles 

Journey to the student-centered makerspace

Create an environment for the community that welcomes patrons to engage with information, people, and materials. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Freedom of Information Day is March 16, 2015

Let freedom ring! 

More information about Freedom of Information Day

How can we apply this practice in our school libraries?

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Celebrate and be glad!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Friday, March 6, 2015

Book Reviews: I Am Here and The Last Time We Say Goodbye

In I Was Here, by Gayle Forman, Cody has always wanted to leave her small hicksville town, and when her best friend, Meg, gets a full scholarship to a college in Tacoma, she thought it would be the next best thing.  Until Meg suddenly and without warning commits suicide, throwing Cody’s life into a tailspin.  When she travels to Tacoma to clean out Meg’s room, she meets Meg’s roommates, her friends, her crush...and discovers that her suicide may have more to the story.  While Cody struggles through her grief to make sense of her best friend’s death, and who else may have played a part, she discovers more about herself than she ever could have imagined.

In The Last Time We Say Goodbye, by Cynthia Hand, Lex is dealing with the aftermath of the suicide of her popular, vivacious brother, Ty.  Her mother is a mess, her divorced father is predictably distant, she has pushed all of her friends and boyfriend away, her therapist is forcing her to write in a journal, and suggests taking anti-depressants.  And to top it all off, both she and her mother think they are seeing Ty around the house--smelling his cologne, receiving cryptic messages, seeing his shadow.  How can she possibly think about ever moving on?

I Was Here, by Gayle Forman (If I Stay), is an intriguing story about friendship, secrets, and dreams.  It is an emotional coming-of-age story as Cody finds her place in a world that is rocked by her friend’s death.  The Last Time We Say Goodbye, by Cynthia Hand (Unearthly), is also a story that will take you through the grieving process with Lex.  Chapters go between Lex’s journal of memories of first and last times with her brother and the actual story.  Of the two books, the characters of Lex and her mother seem more realistic and able to connect to the reader in the portrayals of a grief-stricken family members, but both are well-worth your time.  Readers of tear-jerkers with suicide themes such as Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher), Before I Fall (Lauren Oliver), and Looking for Alaska (John Green) will enjoy I Was Here and The Last Time We Say Goodbye.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Nominate a Colleague!

To celebrate #nlwd15, the ALA is seeking nominations for Library Stars. These stars can be anyone who works in any type of library.

Please consider nominating a colleague for this honor!  Not only it is nice to recognize our awesome people, it also serves as a great way to advocate for our library programs!

The nomination form can be found here.

You can also see the Library Stars from each state who have already been recognized here.

From the ALA:
NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.
That in order to recognize the hard work, dedication, and expertise of library support staff and librarians that the Tuesday of National Library Week be designated National Library Workers Day; and, that on that day, interested library workers, library groups, and libraries should advocate for better compensation for all library workers and, if the day coincides with National Pay Equity Day, these individuals, groups, and libraries should recognize both days together.