August 05, 2015
This morning I did a fast 30-minute webcast on the INFOhio Boot Camp. The two-day virtual program, Training to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, featured sessions on flipping library instruction , Graphic Novels to Make Your Brain Bigger, and 5 Tech Weapons for Your Zombie Fighting Arsenal. With a keynote presentation by Shannon Miller, "Be the Change You Want to See," Ohio teachers and librarians had plenty to think about as they participated in chats, pre-session thought-provokers, and post-session quizzes. What did I talk about? "Free Resources to Make You a Marketing Genius" Want to know what I said? Keep reading.
July 14, 2015
It's easy to hold your audience captive when you find a winning combination. Kids love animals, so sharing picture books about dogs and cats is a storytime bonus. The following titles chosen by the editors at Junior Library Guild are sure to please your listeners--whether they have a pet or not.
April 02, 2015
I used my first LEGOs at the SLJ Summit last October. Yep. First time. Though I've stepped on quite a few and marveled at the larger-than-life creations at Downtown Disney, I've never made anything. Stephen Turnipseed, President Emeritus of LEGO Education, North America, gave a rousing keynote speech at the 2014 Summit. "Creativity will become the most marketable skill set in the future." We made ducks with LEGOs. All of us. And get this: they were all different. With the exact same blocks (4 yellow and 2 red), we all made different ducks and none were wrong.
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.
February 25, 2015
Earlier this month I presented a two hour workshop on The Power of Marketing. During that time attendees wrote and practiced their elevator speeches. They gathered ideas about how to do everyday marketing. We talked about branding, diversity, and public image. And I gave them a challenge: do two things, tell me, and share with another colleague. One elementary librarian stepped up in a big way. What did she do?
February 18, 2015
Deanna McDaniel, media specialist at Genoa Middle School in Westerville, Ohio, worked with her sixth grade teachers to encourage more than 330 budding writers. National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) sponsors a Young Writers Program which provides educators with curricula and resources for teaching novel writing to young students. Kids learn about word count and McDaniel's kids wrote 1,211,471 words. How did they get middle school kids hooked?
January 07, 2015
What kind of student were you? Did you sit in the front row or hide in the back? Which clique was yours? Did you bring your lunch or buy it? What did you do at recess? Before your readers get your last goat, take a moment to put yourself in their shoes. Everyone comes with their own baggage. Sometimes you can see it, and sometimes you can't. This week in my weekly column at SLJ, I wrote about kids who struggle in school. Here's what I really thought as I was reading.
December 31, 2014
Eat less. Exercise more. Save more money. Every January resolutions are made. With great resolve we determine to be more healthy, more diligent, and more productive. With our reading, perhaps it's time to think out of the box a little. Instead of the generic "read more books" or "read X number of books," why not try a more specific list of resolutions?
December 16, 2014
We all make difficult choices. Some are harder than others. In the following selections by the editors at Junior Library Guild, kids fight with their siblings, adjust to parents with chronic illnesses, and fight racial prejudice. Sharing these titles with your readers will give them a chance to see that they are not alone.
September 19, 2014
Ahoy Mateys! It's the 12th annual Talk Like a Pirate Day! which was founded on a whim by two guys, John Baur and Mark Summers. As the story goes, they were playing a game of racquetball and as the game digressed, they began to encourage each other in pirate slang. Why not have a day where we do that every year?