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Read it 1st! (For Nerdfighters & the world)

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Inspired by Nerdfighteria, we decided to bag the traditional book-to-film display in favor of a far more awesome, far less sucky Read-it-first display. Our Springfield Nerdfighters not only approve, several volunteered to help us pull it together. The Readit1st pledge page offers a variety of embeddable web and Facebook buttons (with logo designed by Hank) [...]

Two goals, one stone, easy magic

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So my two big goals for the school year are 1) encouraging reading outside the curriculum 2) proving that learning opportunities exist outside the doors of our school and our library. Shannon Miller and I started chatted about connecting our book clubs late this summer, but the beginning of the school year hit and so [...]

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 [...]