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On our somewhat virtual book club


I’ve been meaning to share about what’s happened to our book club since it grew somewhat virtual.  My friend and colleague Jane Lofton beat me to it with this post.  I asked her if I could re-post with a few comments to describe what it looked like on the Springfield end. From Jane: Connecting Our […]

Our YA Lit LibGuide (a guest post from Chrissy)


My big goal for the year is to promote reading.  So I asked my practicum student, Chrissy Sirianni, to use my BookLeads wiki as an inspiration and add her own special curating touch to create a YA Lit Guide.  And then I asked her to reflect on her work: I was thrilled when Joyce suggested […]

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


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) […]

Still time for the Trailees!


Good news!  The deadline is extended for SLJ’s Trailee Awards! If you missed the August 31 deadline to nominate your favorite book trailer–perhaps because of that little thing called summer–you still have time to gather those little video gems. The deadline is extended till September 15. Submit your favorite book trailer in any of these […]

Am I the messenger (too)?


Yesterday, at the very end of the day, I was out on the floor helping the usual AP US History bunch dig up the usual primary sources for their usual DBQs, as well as the evidence they need for their debates.  Many of these kids also happen to be members of my Book Club.  Now, […]

Young Adult Author Wordle and the beautiful purple cart


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 […]