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The library as changeable space

Have you ever stood at the circ desk and surveyed your library when it was orderly with everything put away? This so seldom happens for me and is usually on a Friday night. Perhaps many of you find that you have one of the largest, most comfortable rooms in the school. Gyms don’t invite people to […]

March Theme for Carnival

From the Kidlitosphere:  Jenny Schwartzberg of  the Wonder Land of Books blog announced this week that the March Carnival of Children’s Literature theme should be anything Irish, about the country, culture, literature history, anything Irish-American, or even something green for St. Pat’s. Let your imagination work and have fun! It’s entirely up to you to take it […]

Rule #6 BUI only with friends

Wait! Wait! I’m talking about Blogging Under the Influence. Who you read has a tremendous impact on what you think. Who do you allow to influence your opinion on literature and children’s services? Have you visited the February Carnival of Children’s Literature which was hosted on the Imaginary Blog this month? The Carnival is a unique collection of […]

Mexican Immigrants in America – You Choose books

Today’s review: Mexican Immigrants in America: An Interactive History Adventure by Rachael Hanel. A Capstone Press YOU CHOOSE series title, 2009. ISBN 9781429620130. Students who read Mexican Immigrants in America will benefit from this well-plotted introduction to the facts and the feelings behind Mexican immigration. With three story paths, 43 choices, and 17 endings, this title […]

Nostaligia – Hope Chests

 Wooden toy boxes big enough to hold a child or all of our toys when we put them away. Jewelry Boxes made of wood and shaped like treasure chests. Wood lockers for my sons. My mother’s wood chest in her bedroom filled with her most precious memory items.  These are a few of my favorite things. But […]


I have been explaining why people "Facebook". Notice I am using this as a verb now. For everyone who isn’t part of the facebook phenom I want to remind you that according to Mark Zuckerberg  "More than 175 million people use Facebook. If it were a country, it would be the sixth most populated country […]

Heard in the stacks

Thought I’d share a couple quick comments I heard in the library stacks lately.  A resource teacher came in to tell me: "Those students we "forced" to check out a book this week cannot be pried loose from reading. During the entire advisory period they read." She has no discipline problems and they are totally obsorbed.  […]

When the Whistle Blows by Fran Cannon Slayton

When the Whistle Blows is a surprising first-novel that will especially appeal to your boys and young men. It is a growing up novel that includes scenes reminiscent of Richard Peck’s Long Way from Chicago and has a classical mannerism that will steam its way on to state award lists all over the country.  Rituals at midnight. Launching cabbages at […]

Dear Teacher, Please excuse this student to class

In the follow-up to my post on how Stone Arch’s new DC Superheroes books got us into trouble, here is Michael Dahl’s answer when I wrote his publisher asking for an excuse note for class: YES. Wouldn’t it be cool it you had a form printed up and I could sign it and say the […]

Off-topic: Witches, Vampires, Werewolves & more

I love my YA supernatural books with witches, vampires, werewolves and all the other non-human characters. Sometimes I need much more  – something like the delightful Kim Harrison The Hollows series. Today I paid attention to my Hollows newsletter, following all the links, reading the first two chapters online of White Witch, Black Curse, wishing […]