October 19, 2016
In our last newsletter I talked about 10 Scary Superpowers. We all have them, but some of our powers could use a touch of polishing from time to time. Take for example, the power of storytelling or spell binding.
December 03, 2015
When I was a young child, my mom took my sisters and me to the public library every week. She let us choose the books we wanted--however many we wanted. If I decided to read the same book over and over, she let me. The librarian never said things like: "You can't have that many books," or: "That book is too hard for you," or: "You've checked out that book every week for a month. Let's choose something else." What a good librarian she was!
May 08, 2015
At the end of a long day of professional development, a person can feel any number of things: affirmation, inspiration, or even saturation. Having been on the other side, I take that into account when I plan an agenda. This week I was fortunate to work with the librarians in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their free PD was the result of an "enter to win" by middle school librarian, Linda Raybould. What did they win?
March 13, 2015
Booktalks. We do them every day. From the kids who come in the library to the person next in line, we "talk up" books, almost without thinking. With a little planning, those talks can be polished into a program that gets your books flying off the shelves. A good hook, though, is worth it's weight in gold.
November 17, 2014
Dear Deb, I have 30 kindergarten students who check out books during a 30 minute period. How can I speed up the process? How can I be sure everyone actually checked out their books? Signed, Overrun by the Little Ones
September 17, 2014
This month in the JLG Monthly Newsletter I wrote about being flexible on your path to becoming super librarian. I advised you to evaluate, revise, and revamp your circulation process. Last week I had the opportunity to work with a local elementary school librarian, assisting her with cataloging and collection development. While I was there, we talked about her circulation process.
December 06, 2013
Years ago, I was the Susan Lucci of education. Every year I was nominated for Teacher of the Year and every year I lost. Then I earned my library degree. After that, I was nominated for Teacher of the Year and Media Specialist of the Year, and lost. Again and Again.
December 05, 2013
Every classroom teacher has a signal for getting a class's attention. The library is the largest classroom in the school, so it only makes sense to have a signal there as well. Training your students in the procedure for getting their attention takes some initial explanation, rehearsing and reinforcement, but the payoff can be huge.