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As we are midway through April with our Poetry Month celebrations, I am pleasantly surprised at the participation and response from our students. I’m also reflecting over some of the benefits I have seen. Let me share some surprising perks from our Spine Poetry Activity. Perk 1: Growing stock of student created spine poems for […]

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We enter the third week of our Library March Madness Tournament with expected results (at least expected for me.) Here is what was posted for our students.  I am pleased with the number of students “voting” online.  Im sure smart phones have something to do with that. Our first week we drew sixteen names from […]

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Last year during the spring semester I swiped an idea from a neighboring district’s USC library intern (Karen Meharg, a now fully certified and working school librarian), and set to create a Library Book Tournament for my school. It was dubbed our “Library March Madness,” and patterned after the well-known NCAA Basketball Tournament (though a […]

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We ended our latest Lunch Book Club last week, and we are in the process of selecting our books for next semester’s clubs. Our school has designed three book clubs that align with our three lunches at school, and students who sign up (in time) get a free catered lunch. This is not the only […]

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Have you heard about it? If you haven’t seen it, take a look. EW is running a YA book tournament of sorts!! Gee this takes me back to last spring, when I saw where another colleague, then an SLIS intern at neighboring Spartanburg High, was running a similar tournament. I shared it here February 27, and […]

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172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad My rating: 4 of 5 stars Okay I freaking loved the book….until the very end. The suspense built naturally, and by the end of the book my family said I was lip reading during a wild football game here at the house (which was crazy I might […]

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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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Our current USC-SLIS intern led a booktalk yesterday for one of our Honors English classes. They are setting up mini book clubs within the class, and each book club has to choose one of the dystopian books from the presented set. I am super impressed with the Prezi despite that I myself don’t enjoy them. […]

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I ran across this today and thought, wow, this could drive one of my “Bring Your Own Book” (aka BYOB) club meetings that come together monthly at lunch.  I know this example is tailored for elementary, but I think with a little tweaking it certainly could work for any level. Other ways to use this […]

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YALSA has released the 28 titles nominated for their title of 2013 “Top Ten” Teen Reads.  I’m playing with ways to promote them. Of course I’ll pull together a book display at school. But getting ready for TLA this week reminded me of Projeqt, one of the 2012 AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning, […]

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