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Why ALA Midwinter? Frontline Advocacy

I’m here in Boston reading the tons of committee reports for my liaison visits, executive board duties, etc., but secretly counting down the minutes til the exhibit floors open. I love EXHIBIT HALLS! It’s a chance to meet authors, publishers, and old friends. Moreover, you get to touch the new books. My feet will take me [...]

How do you shorten URL’s

Even on this blog, I run into technical problems with too-long URL’s. They mess up the formatting, layout, and are just frustrating to type. One of the groups I help with is called Books for Soldiers. They recently sent me information on how they are coping with the down-sizing of charitable donations. They will be sponsored [...]

Thinking competencies & quick lesson design with FNO

Like you, I read educational articles online to stimulate my mind and my practice. One that I catch each month is From Now On: the educational technology journal by Jamie McKenzie. The most recent volume 19, #3 for January 2010 has 2 articles: In The 21st Century Skills Bookmark: A Dozen I-words Trump the 4 [...]

Academic Challenges do we have them?

Our students need academic challenges and celebrations for academic success, also. Today we held the Sixth grade Spelling Bee in the library. The students were unsure what they were attempting to do, but by the end of the Bee, the school was abuzz with talk of spelling and being acknowledged for their academic ability. So [...]

Help Jayne & Bob build a school in Cameroon

Jayne Dambman recently requested help on LMNET to set up a small school library of about 1000 books in Africa. I was intrigued so I asked Jayne to tell us more. My husband, Bob, and I are both public school teachers in PA. I am a librarian and my husband is a technical education teacher. As [...]

Help Jayne & Bob build a school in Cameroon

Jayne Dambman recently requested help on LMNET to set up a small school library of about 1000 books in Africa. I was intrigued so I asked Jayne to tell us more. My husband, Bob, and I are both public school teachers in PA. I am a librarian and my husband is a technical education teacher. As [...]

Shout out For Chicken Spaghetti

Susan Thomsen writes about children’s books at her blog, Chicken Spaghetti, which she named after one of her favorite Southern casseroles. One of my favorite annual posts is her best list: Best Children’s Books of 2009: The Big List of Lists: A roundup of "best of" lists and children’s literature prizes for books published in [...]

Announcing The Search for the Top 100 Teen Titles

Betsy Bird’s AFuse#8 Top 100 Picture Book Poll in 2009 was exciting and a wonderful use of web tools to participate in our love of books. This year AFuse#8 has announced the Top 100 Children’s Fictional Chapter Books Poll which focuses on middle grade fiction only (using Powell’s as a guide). With her permission since her [...]