How Public Libraries Help Make School Librarians Indispensable.

As a middle school librarian, I consider one of my greatest tasks to be ensuring that all of my students, regardless of ability or interest, have plenty of choices when visiting my library. Middle school is challenging, though: we have students who may be reading at the 3rd grade level (or below), students reading on the …

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The Great Weeding of 2015-2016, part 1.

Weeding is sometimes seen as a "touchy subject" for librarians. There aren't many touchy subjects for us, but I would venture to say that weeding is definitely one of them. Some librarians would rather spend an entire day picking a splinter from their big toe than weed books from their library,  and there are librarians …

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Working Overtime: Why Teen Book Festivals are Worth the Saturday Investment.

I spent most of my day yesterday (Saturday) working. Sort of. Being a middle school librarian, whenever I'm reading, I'm working. My thoughts usually subconsciously include: Would my students benefit from adding this book to our library? Would my staff? Could my school use this book as a literature circle book? Would this author be …

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