October 12, 2017
With the turn of the calendar, comes the fall of the leaves. As a young girl, my family often went camping in the autumn. In the evening we sat around a campfire and told stories. So when I see patches of gold and red in the trees, my thoughts turn to storytelling.
September 07, 2017
On today's webcast Renee Newry and Kayleigh Hanlin talked about tips and tricks for creating a lively book club experience and shared some of the fall forthcoming books.
March 09, 2017
Astronomer. Pinkerton detective. Automobile driver. Computer programmer. Women continue to rock our world through their talents, leadership, and wisdom. In our webcast today, I talked about some of our favorite upcoming books by and about women. From hot new biographies to strong female characters, writers, and illustrators, these quick booktalks will lengthen your shopping cart list.
February 09, 2017
In our webcast today, I shared four ways to strengthen diversity in your library program. As I said, every effort you make towards inclusion and diversity matters to someone. By being aware, keeping up with the literature, shaking up your programming and bringing in outside resources, the impact you can make is so valuable.
April 25, 2016
As a college English major, I took plenty of literature courses. Short stories were read. Novels were pored over. Poetry was analyzed. In one class we dissected a poem, learning "exactly" what the writer from hundreds of years ago was saying. In a later course, I was delighted to revisit the same poem with a different instructor. Perfect, I thought, I already know just what the poem means. I quickly volunteered my vast knowledge and was told that I was absolutely wrong. "It means no such thing," the instructor adamantly declared.
February 12, 2016
What is diversity? Is it race, gender, ethnicity, ability, or culture? Is it all of the above and more? If we work with diverse students and patrons, shouldn't our teaching strategies, programs, and literature collection be a reflection of our community and beyond? Librarians are faced with the challenge of linking these students and arming them with tools for life beyond academia. By ensuring that they have a welcoming place, devoted to the way they learn, with resources and tools that accommodate their needs and those they will meet, teachers and librarians can build a positive environment that will affect their literacy development. Here are some forthcoming elementary titles to fill that gap.
January 20, 2016
Each year our sister publication, School Library Journal, selects 16 books for their annual Battle of the Kids' Books (fondly known as BOB) competition. Different from other "awards," they actively seek to balance the list with books that are diverse in the following fields: racial and ethnic, genre, audience and publisher. By the same token, they work to recruit a slate of similarly diverse judges. Today is the big announcement. Last year's winner was Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin. What was selected? Do you have them? Want them at an amazing price?
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!
October 26, 2015
For my last trip of the month, I went out of the box and spoke at the National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference in Reno. I was slated to present Bridging the Content Gap with Nonfiction, a new session I just wrote. I promised to talk about new nonfiction (I chose 30 titles), free resources for teaching, additional free information text resources, and technology to bring it all together. In an hour. Um. Yeah. While I was getting dressed, two thoughts came into my head: 1) Don't let my new grandbaby come while I'm gone and 2) Let someone show up for the session. So. What happened on Saturday morning?
Tags: book selections, booktalks, collaboration, collection development, Common Core, conferences, JLG, library outreach, nonfiction, professional development, programming, resources, Science, STEM, technology, testing, weeding.
September 23, 2015
There's a nip in the air. Leaves are beginning to turn. Baseball playoffs have begun. Christmas decor is on display at Lowe's. (Seriously. I saw it myself.) It must be fall! Today marks the official first day of fall. Daylight Savings Time ends on November 1, though your hours of sunlight after work will be long gone by then. In the meantime let's look at some great seasonal books to highlight in your displays, lessons, and storytimes.