Saturday, April 23, 2016

Middle School Book Brawl

It was an amazing event as described by my fellow middle school librarians. The 5 district middle schools collaborated on a literary book competition for the first time in our thriving district. Following the example of our elementary competition, the event was a huge success with 15 district teams filling a middle school cafeteria. Our library roles and collaboration made this exciting competition one we will continue in the future. Click on this link for more details.

Friday, April 15, 2016

#TXLA16 and #TXLChat

Many will be attending the Texas Library Association convention in Houston soon while others many not have this awesome opportunity.  The next best option is to follow two incredible hashtags on Twitter.  Join the convention remotely and use #TXLChat and #TXLA16

Monday, April 11, 2016

How Do You Say No?

As I sat in our district meeting recently it was brought to our attention that there had been complaints about librarians unwilling to help.  I contemplated the scenario where one would  come right out and say, "No, I will not help you."  But do we really have to use the word "no"?  Can our actions, facial expressions, body language say no?  As a librarian I took an oath to help my learning community.  Can the problem be a perception rather than my fellow librarians denying the services so needed?  When I began my career the perception was that we stayed in the library stamped books and read all day.  It was far from the truth but I realized that I alone MUST change this misconstrued perception of my role as a librarian.  I challenge everyone to eliminate any negative perceptions that my be lurking in the school or district.  Be a positive role model willing to help even when overwhelmed with tasks and responsibilities.   As many may know, unwanted perceptions can be devastating to the profession. Smile and use NO sparingly. 

Literary March Madness 2016

Our Literary March Madness winner is  official with over 70% of our 520 votes going to The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey in our final round of voting.  Some may say they don't like the fact that students may watch the movie rather than read the book but with my experience the movie generates so much interest that we cannot keep any copies of The 5th Wave or The Infinite Sea on the shelves.  I also love the conversations with students about the differences between the book and movie.  I am proud of the interest that this single program has generated about literary in our school.

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