February 23, 2017
In our webcast today, Kayleigh and talked about some of our favorite upcoming books for teens. From angry bananas to stories of teens behind bars and witchcraft, these new books for grades 6-12 are sure to circulate!
December 13, 2016
That's right. I'm going to prison. I've got one more trip to make this year and it's to a correctional institution. The inmates are young men, aged 18-21. Before they are released, they must also complete their GED. I'll be working with their teachers, providing resources for differentiation, lesson plans, and other resources. Offline. Yes. Offline.
November 10, 2016
On today's webcast Leslie Bermel and I talked about some of the fall debut titles for readers of all ages. From a house that needs help, an at-risk boy on a polo pony and a compelling memoir of the childhood of a North Korean boy, your readers will hope that these debut stories are just the beginning of the work we will see in the future from the fall debut class of 2016.
November 01, 2016
On today's webcast I chatted with Sara Pennypacker, Barbara O'Connor, and Candace Fleming. From a giant squid, to a girl who makes the same silent wish every day, and new characters for independent readers, these new books from authors you know and love will fly off the shelves.
October 27, 2016
Did you score awesome titles at $5 a book at the recent warehouse sale? Are you on your local board or site council? Do you watch our webcasts and read School Library Journal, Library Journal and The Horn Book Magazine? Do you use LiveBinders, Edu.Symbaloo, or Pinterest to organize your online resources? Then you have some of the 9 Scary Super Skills to be thankful for. Polishing these skills keeps you moving forward and reminds you that you have the best job ever!
Tags: professional development.
October 08, 2016
On Monday, October 3 Leslie Bermel and author, Jeff Strand chatted about his creepy works. His latest title, The Greatest Zombie Movie Ever is a JLG selection from this summer in the PBH category. JLG has also selected two of his prior works: A Bad Day for Voodoo and I Have a Bad Feeling About This. Like Leslie, I was also told not to read Voodoo in a public place.
October 03, 2016
What are your Super Powers? Are you willing to try anything once? Can you use the power of duct tape to keep a much-loved book together for a half dozen more reads? Do your technology skills allow you to create infopics that drive new customers through your door? Do you know everything?! (or at least where to find the answer?) Then you, my colleague, have Super Powers.
August 30, 2016
How do we revitalize research in a world that thinks everything can just be Googled? The truth is that much information CAN be Googled. How good they are at Googling is another question. Our job then is to teach them how to use digital resources efficiently, effectively, and ethically. So just how do we do that?
August 29, 2016
This week I traveled an hour out of town for a couple of visits to Licking County Ohio, which is 40 minutes east of Columbus. Launching the new year, we talked about the Super Powers we need to run the library well without going bananas. We all have a Super Power. Perhaps yours is matching books to kids. Perhaps technology is second nature to you. What is your Super Power? What is your kryptonite?
Tags: professional development.
August 25, 2016
I just got back from spending a morning with the media specialists in Norfolk, VA. Under the new direction of Valerie Ford, these media specialists had a very full day of professional development. I led off the morning with my keynote, Revitalizing Research in a Google-Driven World. If I could boil it down to a few pointers, this is what I would say.