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Nonfiction is not Nerdy

Dr. Kathleen Baxter is on my list of great speakers. Have you had the opportunity to hear her lately? She specializes in nonfiction titles and writes for SLJ monthly.  She is also co-author with Michael Dahl of Gotcha for Guys! Nonfiction Books to Get Boys Excited about Reading  in addition to many other titles. According to her [...]

Nonfiction is not Nerdy

Dr. Kathleen Baxter is on my list of great speakers. Have you had the opportunity to hear her lately? She specializes in nonfiction titles and writes for SLJ monthly.  She is also co-author with Michael Dahl of Gotcha for Guys! Nonfiction Books to Get Boys Excited about Reading  in addition to many other titles. According to her [...]

Presenters – How do you find them?

Every year I listen to different conference presenters and wonder "How did they find this speaker?" Of course there are the standard keynoters in the school library world, but when you are seeking new voices, HOW DO YOU FIND THEM? In the past, I went to LM_NET and asked others. I traveled to national conferences [...]

Presenters – How do you find them?

Every year I listen to different conference presenters and wonder "How did they find this speaker?" Of course there are the standard keynoters in the school library world, but when you are seeking new voices, HOW DO YOU FIND THEM? In the past, I went to LM_NET and asked others. I traveled to national conferences [...]

Can a PreK-1st grader be a good citizen?

Aren’t good citizens part of the life-long goals we aim for? We try to model and instill values such as honesty, fairness, life-long learning, social responsibility, etc. Yet, being the practical person that I am, I have to wonder if most of the didactic series on values are worth purchasing. Have you ever seen a [...]

Can a PreK-1st grader be a good citizen?

Aren’t good citizens part of the life-long goals we aim for? We try to model and instill values such as honesty, fairness, life-long learning, social responsibility, etc. Yet, being the practical person that I am, I have to wonder if most of the didactic series on values are worth purchasing. Have you ever seen a [...]

State conferences

You cannot be a successful professional in total isolation for long periods of time. You can withdraw briefly, but you must stay connected to grow, stretch, and change.  Are you a member of your state school library association? Most state joining fees are very low. The state organization offers workshops geared to your specific needs. [...]

State conferences

You cannot be a successful professional in total isolation for long periods of time. You can withdraw briefly, but you must stay connected to grow, stretch, and change.  Are you a member of your state school library association? Most state joining fees are very low. The state organization offers workshops geared to your specific needs. [...]

Congratulations, Sherman Alexie!

Hooray, Sherman Alexie! I was putting copies of your book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian into my friends’ hands just this past week with my recommendations. July 17th I blogged about this title. This week he has won a National Book Award. It feels good to find something every once in a [...]

Congratulations, Sherman Alexie!

Hooray, Sherman Alexie! I was putting copies of your book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian into my friends’ hands just this past week with my recommendations. July 17th I blogged about this title. This week he has won a National Book Award. It feels good to find something every once in a [...]