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There is quite a buzz in school library land regarding the massive librarian cuts to the Philadelphia School System (from 200+ school librarians down to now just around 15.) My friends  Joyce Valenza and Jennifer Lagarde have both provided us with great action items to ensure we “educate” those powers that be who are making […]

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If you missed this past Monday night the TL Cafe, here is the crowd sourced presentation with the tools shared: Here is our TEXT CHAT ARCHIVE PDF – EduTech_Smackdown_Chat.pdf TLCafe Webinar ARCHIVE (opens in Blackboard Collaborate)

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UnSouled by Neal Shusterman My rating: 5 of 5 stars View all my reviews   I don’t know how Neal Shusterman is so capable of churning out novels that just suck me right in!! I truly dislike sequels and series, but I now cannot WAIT for the final installment in the Unwind series (er, I […]

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I have been seriously considering this Follett Challenge each year that it has been out, and this year I even have ideas swimming around in my head ready to spill out into a video and an application!  I’ll keep you posted on my progress. A lot of my ideas actually happen next week, so I’m […]

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That’s right. I’m stepping up to the virtual mic on Tuesday, December 2, 2013 at 8PM for the 3rd annual TL Cafe (Teacher Librarian Cafe) EduTech to share the tools I used to do a recent Book Speed Dating activity. It’s open-mic night. Will you be there?? Who, What, When, Where? It’s all online of […]

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A very natural part of being a high school librarian is being able to match books to students when they come asking. All of us feel very adequate in doing this when it comes to students who read the middle of the road popular YA books.  Over the years I have been literally to my […]

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I just finished planning and preparing for a book talk I’m giving soon.  I am stunned. It’s 29 slides! This is for 5 books, mind you. I had given some thought to creating a Prezi, but opted for a PowerPoint instead.  My collaborating teacher is gearing up for a Romeo & Juliet unit, and she […]

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I’ve been following friends and acquaintances all day at the School Library Journal Summit in Austin, Texas.  I wanted to go so badly. I even asked my friend Rocco Staino about possible funding sources. He and Samantha McManus (Sullivan Middle, Rock Hill) both told me to apply for a  state library travel grant.   Great […]

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We have begun brainstorming for Teen Read Week, which is October 13-19, 2013.  We just wrapped up our Banned Books Week with a great contest in which the top ten challenged books of 2012 were strategically displayed with a hand covering the titles.  I had around 110 participants take a chance to win our contest. […]

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I began reading up on the books being challenged this past year for a library display. Here are the books for 2012 that are the most frequently challenged books. I had to laugh at some of them, as of the top ten, seven are a part of our high school library collection. One is even […]

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