Monday, December 19, 2016

Book Review: Falling Over Sideways

The day that everything changed was a normal day.  Dance practice, homework, worried about the new school year, quibbling with parents, her brother off at some practice or another.  Until Claire was eating breakfast next to her father and he started acting strangely.  His words weren’t making sense and he couldn’t move one side of his body.  From that day on, everything changed.  And Claire simply didn’t know what to do with this kind of change.  Not only does she have to deal with mean girls at school, a rivalry with an old friend, and her dance friends leaving her behind, but now her dad is sick, her mom is distracted, and her brother is dropping everything to help out at home.  Where does Claire fit in?

Falling Over Sideways is a typical Jordan Sonnenblick book: a serious subject with a light-hearted touch.  His books are always a quick and enjoyable read, though there might be a few tears along the way.  If you have readers that enjoy books by John Green or other books by Jordan Sonnenblick (Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie), they will love Falling Over Sideways.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

ILA Conference - Seeking Presenters

ILA Annual Conference 2017
Seeking Inclusion Finding Success
October 18-20, 2017 Coralville Marriott

Iowa libraries can be vital partners in their communities.  Libraries are often champions of inclusion in the broadest terms.  Whether it is the library seeking inclusion with administrators or processes, the inclusion of new policies, procedures, materials or programs, or welcoming users who seek to be included in what the library has to offer.  This conference is an opportunity to showcase how libraries (and our communities) succeed when we seek inclusion in all these ways. 

Do you have an idea for a conference session or speaker?? 

Deadline to submit session ideas is January 9, 2017.

Interested in presenting a session?  ILA will do a call for session proposals in mid-January, 2017!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Recognizing our Retirees! Deadline: February 1st

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!

IASL Awards - Deadline February 1st

Do you know an IASL member who is retiring this school year?  Someone who is an outstanding advocate for school libraries? How about a Teacher Librarian who advances our profession on a daily basis?  

You should nominate them for an IASL Award!

Fill out this form to nominate IASL members for the Vision Award or to recognize a retiree. 

Fill out this form to nominate anyone who stands up for school libraries for the Distinguished Advocate Award

Fill out this form to have your library recognized as an Outstanding Library Program (This one requires additional materials - please see criteria on the Awards page).

The deadline to nominate someone or apply for IASL Awards is February 1st!