12 Days of Tech-Mas FAQ

‘Tis the season… Tech-Mas 2019 is upon us, my friends! Each year, I receive tons of questions via social media about our annual collaborative computer science and library tradition. This year, I’ve gathered ’em up for one big FAQ post. So grab a mug of hot chocolate and slap on your ugliest Christmas sweater, because […]

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Family Book Club: Love Sugar Magic

This week, 4th and 5th grade readers and their families gathered in the library to celebrate and discuss Love Sugar Magic: A Dash of Trouble by Anna Meriano. This sweet and spicy story is all about family, tradition, and the way baking and sharing food is a way of showing the people you love just […]

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How do you Honor Neurodiversity?

This is what my desk looked like at 3:30 PM yesterday. Why am I showing you a picture of an empty spot on my desk? Because three hours hours earlier, this spot was overflowing with books about mental health: And after middle schoolers got to ‘em, here’s what was left. Young people are hungry for […]

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Does it Fart? by Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti

Does it fart?? As a kid, this would have been the book of my dreams! First graders and I were nonstop giggles sharing this nonfiction book by Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti. I love any opportunity to show my readers that nonfiction can be exciting, engaging, and educational, and this book is a perfect example! […]

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20,000 Pennies at the 2019 Virginia Association of School Librarians Conference

Last Friday, November 8, I had the pleasure of joining a fabulous presentation team to share 20,000 Pennies, our story of community connection sparked through literature. Our presentation team included Kara McClurken, co-founder of Bennett’s Village, and Jack Dozier, St. Anne’s-Belfield School student and leader of the Leveling the Playing Field for Children in Charlottesville […]

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Graphic Novel Collaboration

  The best way that I’ve found to teach graphic novels? Let the experts lead the way. Sixth grade graphic novel experts put their skills to the test last week leading a lesson on Graphic Novels to fourth grade RLA classes. In our graphic novel unit, sixth grade English teacher Mr. Passmore and I showed […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read… November 4, 2019

What is Ms. Fitz reading? Here’s the view from November 4th! October was a hard month, and it impacted my reading. With travel, sickness, speaking engagements, and work craziness, I didn’t get to spend as much time with books as I wanted to. I’m looking forward to a more relaxed November (🤞🤞) with more time […]

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The Haunted Library 2019

On October 29, the Haunted Library opened its doors once again for a one-night-only,  hands-on family celebration. Much like last year’s event, the 2019 Haunted Library invited ghouls and ghosts to attend in their costumes and explore creepy projects and games together. This year, middle schoolers were completely in charge of the event – from […]

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Insta Review: The Jumbies, by Tracey Baptiste

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Well, I’ve reached a low point in my scaredy-cat reading ways. I had to put this book down halfway through because it gave me nightmares… and it is written for fourth graders. Laugh if you […]

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Insta Review: Who Let the Gods Out?, by Maz Evans

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram Calling all Percy Jackson fans – you won’t want to miss Who Let the Gods Out. Percy has a secret British cousin and he is just as stubborn, hilarious, and entwined in the complicated world […]

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