Beginning English, Makerspace, and Purpose

I absolutely love that my library's makerspace has been able to serve our Beginning English class this year. See this post from October about our first lessons! For a variety of reasons, we haven't been as consistent about having monthly lessons in the makerspace as we first intended. This month, we were determined (that, and …

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Providing Safety When Students’ Lives Get Complicated.

If you're like me, this past week has been...rough. Aspects of our country have been changed so much, often at a flick of a pen, much to the horror and shock of many people in America - and across the globe. It hasn't been easy on my students, either. The middle school where I work is …

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Fall: A Time to be Busy (and Remember What We Do)

I don't know about you, but fall is always incredibly busy for me as a librarian. Between orientation, starting to collaborate with teachers, and attending conferences, every moment is good, but every moment is full, too. Through the course of the last month or so, I've experienced and reflected on many things that I've been wanting …

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Orientation, Making, and Welcoming Everyone into the School Library

Happy back to school! I know most of us have been back for a while, but oh man, I feel so drained after school for most of September. There's so much going on: launching clubs, processing new books, meeting & getting acquainted with new staff, and oh yeah, that minor detail called orientation. Since my school …

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Keeping Your Library Relevant When Your School Goes 1:1 (part 2): Helping Teachers Facilitate a Digital Classroom

This post is Part 2 of Making Your Library Relevant When Your School Goes 1:1 (see first post here).  So, why do we as librarians need to know about tools like these? They are going to help us have staying power with our staff and students when all students have their own devices and may …

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