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Eyes Wide Open: A proof of concept for sustaining the conversation around books

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What if a book continued to resonate for its readers in a tangible way long after the pages were closed? What if books inspired, not just individual–but collective and collaborative response, creative expression, participation, action? What if communities formed around books? What if an author’s webspace inspired true dialogue and interaction? And how can librarians, [...]

Popping the shelves at Brisbane Grammar (and David’s templates)

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Pretty much everything I saw during my visit to the libraries at Brisbane Grammar was impressive, especially the passion and creativity of the teacher librarians, led by Director of Information Services, Cathy Oxley. But in this post I want to share one very simple element– how they’ve made the book collection pop on/off their traditional [...]

Street Lit in school libraries

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K.C. Boyd wrote this morning asking me to help get the word out about announcement of the 2014 Street Lit Book Award Medal (SLBAM) winners. This award was created by Dr. Vanessa Irvin Morris, author of the Reader’s Advisory to Street Literature and the official press release appears on her Street Literature site. The young [...]

Recording kids’ history as readers

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I had to share this wonderful idea from Sarah Mulhern Gross’s recent Infotopia post: Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students’ Reading History!   Sarah, a high school English teacher, was excited about sharing her lesson with the school library community. Sarah describes herself as a book evangelist.  She shared her interest in having students think about some of the books that have affected [...]

From Karen: Nonfiction eBook Collections: The Pros and Cons

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My friend Hornberger and I are having a conversation about nonfiction ebooks. In a recent post I chatted about my students’ eager acceptance of the EBSCO e-Book Academic Collection. Karen, the librarian at Palisades High School, as well as our PSLA Tech Committee co-chair and blogger, decided to test drive the database herself.  She also [...]

A great year for #SWVBC (with Libba and Lauren!)

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It’s been a great year for our Somewhat Virtual Book Club.  Actually, it seems easy to forget that it’s also been the first year for the SomeWhat Virtual Book Club. In the fall I shared that we experimented by joining several schools around the country for monthly book discussions.  Our kids were happy to make [...]

Join the June 7th #summerreading tweetfest!

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New York Times Learning Network editor/blogger, Katherine Schulten, wrote asking me to share news of what promises to be a big day in the bibliotwittersphere. Mark your calendars. Spread the word. Tell your colleagues.  Tell the kiddos. Let’s make this a huge international conversation. Let’s create the kind of  feed that even the most Twitter-resistant [...]

About The Watermelon: Can a YA novel change the world?

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My old college buddy (SUNY Binghamton ’75), author Michael Laser recently shared his latest young adult novel with me. We chatted a bit about the world of YA literature and about what inspires him to write. He shared with me that his latest book was differently motivated. The Watermelon is a loss of innocence story [...]

Unglue.it: crowdfunding ebooks

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unglue (v. t.) 2. To make a digital book free to read and use, worldwide. unglue (v. t.) 4. For an author or publisher, to accept a fixed amount of money from the public for its unlimited use of an ebook. The crowdfunding of books is a new type of cause and it may allow [...]

The visit: from the author’s lens

A couple of weeks back, we were fortunate to host a visit from author James Kennedy.  James was adorable and so very generous with our students.  He charmed even the most charm-resistant of our kids. He mesmerized my Book Club fan-girls for two whole hours after a full day of formal presentations at both our [...]