Quest: How Can We Help the Hunger Crisis?

There’s a hunger crisis in Charlottesville – how can we help make a difference? Ms. Monty and I are beyond thrilled to be the faculty mentors supporting student Quest leaders Izzy and Spicer as they dive into that BIG question and so many more: What is a hunger crisis? What’s the difference between hunger and […]

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Winter Candle, by Jeron Ashford

Winter Candle, this year’s Tech-Mas inspiration story, written by Jeron Ashford, has become one of my favorite winter celebration books ever. The story follows one special candle as it makes its way around the Juniper Court apartment building, lending the light that each family needs for their winter traditions. Winter Candle has drawn us in […]

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Ms. Fitz has Read… December 2, 2019

What is Ms. Fitz reading? Here’s the view from December 2! November was all about audiobooks! With a new Audible subscription, I was able to listen without having to wait – a huge bonus when you have impatient kids waiting to talk to you about what you’re reading. I abandoned more books than I finished this […]

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Insta Review: Young Fredle, by Cynthia Voight

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram What is it about mice that makes stories about them so endearing? Somehow they are both underdogs and champions; both animal and human. Whatever it is, we all love mouse stories – The Mouse […]

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Insta Review: The Ethan I was Before, by Ali Standish

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram When a student suggested this to me, I thought I knew what to expect; boy faces tragedy, boy has to move far away to heal, boy makes a new friend to help him get […]

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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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