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Share Story Snoops with your community

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Developed by four moms from the San Francisco Bay area a little over a year ago, Story Snoops is a rich and attractive resource you’ll want to share with your parents, teachers and kiddos–both the eager and the reluctant. These moms of a cumulative total of nine, describe themselves as passionate readers who strive to [...]

Sync free audiobook downloads

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Each week this summer, Sync, part of the Audiobook Community, will once again offer free digital audiobooks pairings. Each audiobook pair consists of a current YA title and a thematically connected classic or frequently studied title. The program begins on June 23rd.  And here’s the list: June 23 – June 29 Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater [...]

I could get hooked on Vook

Time to celebrate even more ways to remix and mashup the wonderful experience of reading! I have a feeling that the Vook and the TextVook are going to be popular reading options for many of our young readers and learners. A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video [...]

Reading suggestion engines: Your next read

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Sometimes readers’ advisory doesn’t come easy.  Sometimes we need some quick help recommending titles.  A number of my students, most notably my Book Club kids, belong to book networking sites like GoodReads, LibraryThing, and Shelfari. But not everyone really wants to join and build a reading network based on tagging and rating and reviewing. I’ve [...]

A revised manifesto

Thank you all for the kind feedback you offered for my rant a few days back.  As I wrote that response, in the back of my mind I considered a few realities: 1. Some administrators have never seen a vibrant library program. 2. In tough times moving forward is more challenging. Not moving forward is [...]

Very Kind Kindle support from Buffy! (and on further celebrating our network)

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I love you, Buffy J. Hamilton!  And I love our network! Earlier this fall I worked with the Special Ed Department on a Kindle roll-out, a project we’ve set up as a formal research project to explore the effect of ereaders on reading motivation.  But when we unpacked our own first library Kindles yesterday, a [...]

Young Adult Author Wordle and the beautiful purple cart

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Nora and I were thinking of a way to highlight young adult authors (and a way to use our beautiful purple book cart).  Our student readers kept asking for the same favorite names over and over again and we wanted to introduce them to a few new authors.  (John Green simply cannot write as fast [...]

Scholastic’s Reading Bill of Rights (and other inspirational stuff)

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Need some inspiration?  Looking for a powerful partner to help promote reading in your community?  Take a look at Scholastic’s new Reading Bill of Rights.   It’s now on the bulletin board outside our front door. Part of Scholastic’s Global Literacy Campaign, Read Every Day. Lead a Better Life, the brilliant, cornerstone Reading Bill of Rights [...]

R & J remixed and enriched!

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A thousand times good day! I discovered Interactive Folio: Romeo and Juliet from my Diigo in Education group this week and I am in love. This may be one potion to cure the star-crossed relationship some of my students experience with the Bard.  I want to take all my Shakespeare with a pinch of Canadian [...]

POWER Library: A shadow of its former self

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The POWER Library is offered as a service of Pennsylvania’s public libraries, school libraries and the State Library. The POWER library allows you to access thousands of full text periodical articles, newspapers, a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps, reference materials for young people and more. You will find materials of interest in most [...]