Applications Open for the 2018 AASL Awards Program
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:24:01 +0000

Applications for the AASL 2018 awards season are now available. AASL members are encouraged to nominate a colleague or themselves to be lauded for their outstanding talent and dedication to the profession as part of this prestigious program. AASL awards... Read More ›

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How to Weed by the Numbers and Clean Up Your Collection
Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:00:20 +0000

I love weeding. A well-curated library collection makes me happy. But weeding can be difficult. We attach a lot of emotion to books. Others don’t understand why anyone would ever want to get rid of books. We have to hide... Read More ›

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Special Collection as Collaboration
Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:00:33 +0000

The Dr. Muhammad Rizvi Mowjood Memorial Collection at Fawcett Library features books, videos, and recordings centered on Islamic faith, history, and culture. This special collection is supported by an endowment that was started in 1992 by Dr. Mowjood’s family. Working... Read More ›

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Disaster Recovery for School Libraries
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 18:00:54 +0000

Lately, it feels as though we are in a constant state of preparing for or recovering from disasters, both natural and human made. As storms Irma and Jose were downgraded to what still devastated some U.S. southeastern border communities, we... Read More ›

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mysimpleshow: More than Just a Simple Digital Show
Thu, 21 Sep 2017 14:30:43 +0000

Wouldn’t it be great to have an online tool to help you explain key concepts and educational ideas to students and peer educators? Have you seen mysimpleshow? Have you tried it out? Because that is exactly what mysimpleshow does. Mysimpleshow,... Read More ›

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Enrich Your #AASL17 Conference Experience with Social Media
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 16:00:44 +0000

I’ve been a conference “junkie” ever since I became a teacher librarian. I love the the energy, the mega dose of learning and inspiration I can take back to my library and school, the chance to see and network with... Read More ›

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Pairing Picture Books and Primary Sources: Dangerous Jane by Suzanne Slade
Wed, 20 Sep 2017 13:00:48 +0000

There are great nonfiction stories that show the growth of a character and then there are great stories that show the resolute nature of a character when people change around her. The latter is what drew me to the picture... Read More ›

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Books for 8th grade only: Reasonable or infringing on accessibility?
Tue, 19 Sep 2017 13:00:48 +0000

In our middle school library, we have a small, but potentially troublesome accessibility issue. We aren’t entirely sure how to resolve it or if we even know what resolution looks like right now. We have a collection of books noncompliant... Read More ›

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Hurricane Season: Making Connections with Picture Books and Resources
Mon, 18 Sep 2017 13:00:02 +0000

Most of us watched the destruction of the latest hurricanes on news feeds. Others had to endure the devastation first hand. It may be difficult for children who never experienced extreme weather conditions to make connections with hurricane victims and empathize... Read More ›

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Welcome!
Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:00:16 +0000

A Welcoming Environment It’s been a short time since I retired from my job as Teacher Librarian at Petaluma High School, and one might think that I would begin my journey of kicking back and enjoying the sun. I have... Read More ›

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