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USDOE Conference calls

I found this information on several school librarian listserv’s but don’t know who the original source was. I checked with the ALA-WO to be sure it wasn’t private info and Emily Sheketoff responded: "This administration says it wants government to be transparent, so blog away"  Having an articulate, positive school librarian presence on both the [...]

Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later

Time slipped through my typing fingers and I forgot to remind you to visit The Brown Bookshelf during their 28 Days Later initiative to "celebrate some of the best under-the-radar and vanguard black children’s books authors and illustrators." The 28 Days Later campaign kicked off with a spotlight on Marguerite Abouet.  According to the Brown Bookshelf’s About [...]

Book Lovers or Library Lovers Day

I have been calling February 14th Book Lovers Day this year. Rather than wait for anyone to send me flowers or chocolate, I’ll be surrounded by my friends THE BOOKS at the library and at the local bookstore in my community.  It turns out that the Australian Library And Information Association  has been celebrating LIBRARY [...]

Peer Coaching, Mentoring, and Supporting Positive Change

During our recent email discussion, the Library Geek Squad members discussed Peer Coaching.  Colet Bartow, Library Media Curriculum Specialist for the Montana Office of Public Instruction  shared a document on Peer Coaching from the Pugent Sound Center with links to the Partners in Learning Network.    Lisa E. Perez Area Library Coordinator of Chicago Public Schools Dept of [...]

Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour with April Wayland

On January 12, 2010, the Association of Jewish Libraries (www.jewishlibraries.org/blog) announced the winner in the Younger Readers Category:  New Year at the Pier written by April Halprin Wayland and illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch. Published by Dial Books for Young Readers, 2009.  Today we kick off the Sydney Taylor Book Award Blog Tour in Practically Paradise. The Sydney Taylor Book Award [...]