Friday, May 8, 2015

Thanks TASL!

I had the honor of receiving the MVP Award from the Texas Association of School Librarians during the TLA convention in Austin for my blog.  It was amazing to know that I was about to share this event and honor with my #TXLChat friends since Nancy Jo Lambert and the entire chat moderators were the runner ups.  I am proud to be a member of this group and have learned so much from each and every chat.  Please join #TXLChat on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 CST to learn, share, and collaborate with some amazing Texas librarians.



Shown in the picture from left to right is: Shawna Ford, Nancy Jo Lambert, Becky Calzada, Sue Fitzgerald, Jan Hodge, Sharon Gullett, and Sonja Schulz. Missing from the photo is: Neil Krasnoff, Michelle Cooper, Marsha Edney, and Sandra Carswell.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Let's Move It!

Who said that library programs need to be ALL about the library? In our latest adventure the nurse, PTA, and library staff collaborated on a healthy competition for staff after STAAR testing to get everyone ready for their summer vacation. We pulled out our fitbits, odometers, and apps and will start to actively walk, jog, skip, Zumba, or participate in any activity with forward movement for the last 6 weeks of school. All participants will record their steps and convert them into miles in a weekly Google form. Our nurse will add weekly tips to the online flyer while the PTA will provide the prizes for the top three staff who walks the farthest. The library staff will keep track of the data and post incentive badges on the doors of those participating. This activity will feed right into the school-wide PTA Fun Run with students observing the friendly competition. The most exciting part of the PTA Fun Run is that all proceeds are going directly into helping the library purchase furniture to make it comfortable and relaxing for students and staff.

Collaboration can be achieved through many venues in our schools. As librarians, sometimes we need to think outside the box and outside our walls with programming. With the stigma that some still think we sit behind the desk and read all day, we have the responsibility to demonstrate our presence in our school communities. Since this is the beginning of the program, I have high expectations that it is successful with many participants. The exciting part of any program is the unexpected. I will follow-up at the end and share the outcome.
 

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's Another Awesome Thank You.




As a librarian many times we have that lonely feeling in our positions.  We eagerly work with everyone in the school and community.  We are experts in so many fields that it's difficult to make a list.  We are often the go-to person that our students, faculty, and administrators depend on for so many tasks.  With that in mind it warms me to no end that my staff treated me to lunch and a beautiful bouquet for National Librarian Day 2015.  I graciously thanked them and hope they truly understand this simple action is so appreciated.  So I say to all librarians keep up the awesome job and have a great National Librarian Day.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Libraries in the Internet Age

Just another inspiring video that came through my PLN that I felt I needed to share. Is your library changing with the times?



Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Little Prince Book Trailer

On my 18th birthday my beloved older sister gave me an amazing book titled The Little Prince. This book has held a special spot in my heart for many years.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Bruno Mars Uptown Fun: Unread Book

As I was browsing through my Twitter feed tonight I came across this tweet from my dear friend Naomi Bates (@yabooksandnore). I just had to share this with my friends.


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lone Star Reading List 2015-2016 Virtual Style

It's another Lone Star Reading list virtual poster.  This visual entices many of my students and faculty to discuss and seek out the titles on this awesome list.  By using thinglink it allows me to easily embed or share the link. I am so grateful to those who are on the committee and devote countless hours to compile the incredible titles on this list.  It makes promotion of these books a breeze.  Please use or share the poster.


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