Hi friends! What library centers are you sharing with your students this November? Here’s what’s happening in our elementary school library. We had our Book Fair the first week of November, and I feel like I’m still catching my breath! We’re already into benchmark testing on campus, so teachers and students are getting more stressed. I’ve got some fall library centers set up for our
Hi friends! Our Learning Librarians Facebook group members recently shared their best tips for Scholastic book fairs, and I’ve gathered them here to help you out! Previews: Spend time before the book fair opens previewing the books with students. Read parts of the books aloud to your classes, share the video, or do book talks on morning announcements. School Supplies: Keep the small toy-like items
Hi friends! Free library centers are just what I need right about now, as I plan for book fair, reading challenges and research projects. How about you? Free Halloween Listening Centers Just print out these QR codes, place them in a pocket chart. At a nearby table, put out iPads with a QR code reader installed and with headphones. I-nigma is my favorite QR code
Hi friends! It’s time to grow a storybook pumpkin patch in our school libraries! This is one of my very favorite activities in our school library! It promotes reading with our families, lets our students show their creative side, and decorates the library with colorful reading promotions–all with very little time invested on my part! Here’s a look at last year’s pumpkin patch. Here’s how
Hi friends! Are you celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in your school library? In the USA, we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month September 15 to October 15 every year. Why these dates? Because September 15 is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico declared its independence on September 16 and Chile on September 18. Library Display
Hi friends! Have you tried creating a library lesson with Powtoon? I just created my first Powtoon, to save myself from repeating my library orientation over and over and over. Here it is. Why do I love Powtoon as a teaching tool? My students paid attention. It was a cartoon! I made it once, then I didn’t have to repeat myself endlessly explaining library expectations.
Hi friends! Today we have a guest post from Stephanie Vukovich. She’s an elementary library media specialist in Ohio. She’s been sharing in our Learning Librarians Facebook group, about her classroom management system that is PERFECT for the library. Stephanie says: “Last spring I accepted an offer for my dream job- I was going to be a Library Media Specialist in an amazing elementary school.
Hi friends! Let’s talk about taming that shelving monster! Do you struggle to keep up with the books returned each day to your school library? Do you dread that task, or get overwhelmed by giant stacks of library books? The generous educators in our Learning Librarians Facebook group recently shared some TERRIFIC ideas to help make your library life easier. Parent Volunteers Do you have parent
Hi friends! Chapter 8 of Reading Picture Books With Children is called “The Picture Book Playground.” Have you read this chapter? This chapter and quote were a big “aha” moment for me! Talk about a paradigm shift! But let’s back up and walk through Chapter 8 in order. Intentional Inquiry Author Megan Dowd Lambert describes her Whole Book Approach as “an intentional, inquiry-based approach to
Hi friends! Are you ready for summer? I love the anticipation of long summer days, with no alarm set in the morning! I can stay up late and read one more chapter, then another. How about you? Are you stacking up books for your summer reading list? Let me add my suggestions for five books librarians must (should? could? ought to?) read this summer. I’ve