Design Thinking for a Covid Halloween

Happy November, friends! Although there was no Haunted Library to celebrate the spooky holiday this year, there was plenty of opportunity to problem solve and get creative to safely spread some creepy fun in the era of Covid-19. Let me set the stage for you. We live in a neighborhood that normally sees quite a […]

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Solving Library Problems with Design Thinking: 3D Printing Braille Signage

  Each year I push 4th grade students to use the design thinking process to create a lasting and meaningful contribution to their library. In past years, we’ve used graphic design to create new signage that’s more accessible to young readers, and interviewed kindergarteners to create systems to help them find the books that they […]

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Solving Library Problems with Design Thinking

This summer at the Learn to Learn IV: Computer Science institute, Computer Science Specialist Kim Wilkens and I were both struck by the same bolt of idea lightning. (Don’t you love it when that happens?) After watching Jennifer Chiu, an associate professor at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, present about […]

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Distance Learning Success: Robot Design Project (K-8 Collaboration)

Distance learning is hard. Honestly, it’s hard for everyone involved. It’s challenging for the students, who long to be in their classrooms with their friends. It’s challenging for the teachers, who have had  to pivot in a moment’s notice and completely recreate their curriculum and teaching style, all while staying up at night worrying and […]

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Solving Library Problems with Graphic Design

Running a K-8 library is hard. It’s not the curriculum that’s difficult, or even the task of purchasing relevant and exciting texts for such a wide range of ages. Switching gears from 5th grade to kindergarten on a dime isn’t easy, but that’s not what I’m talking about. No, I’m talking organization. That’s the hard […]

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Resources for Computer Science + Literacy: A Love Story

In this post, you’ll find all of the resources I shared in my virtual professional development session for the 2020 Computer Science Institute, called Computer Science + Literacy: A Love Story. Check out more from the Computer Science Institute here.   Here are some computer science + literacy resources that you might find helpful: Closing […]

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My Favorite Moments of 2019

Earlier this week, I shared the most popular posts of 2019, according to statistics, on Fitz Between the Shelves. And while it’s fascinating to see what readers enjoy the most, it’s also surprising to see what makes it to the top of the list; because they’re rarely the moments that I loved the most! So […]

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Behind the Shelves: Easy Library Changes

Hi Sarah, Can you tell me more about the nonfiction floor signs you posted the other day? I received this question on Instagram last week, and I’m happy to share a closer look at some of our recent library updates! There has been a definite theme for our recent library changes: EASY. As in, what […]

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3D Printed Braille Signage has Arrived!

Design Thinking: Empathize ➡️ Define ➡️ Ideate ➡️ Prototype ➡️ Test ➡️ Share And the final step… CELEBRATE!!! 🎉🙌🎉 4th graders installed their 3D printed Braille signs into their permanent homes in the nonfiction section of the library today. Students used the design thinking process to create this accessible signage in hopes to make our […]

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Tech-Girls Monthly: February Spotlight

I’m honored to be the February Spotlight for Tech-Girls Monthly, the killer newsletter from Tech-Girls and Charlottesville Women in Tech. Each month, they highlight a different woman working with technology and feature their story in their newsletter and on their website. Check out my interview – including what drives my passion and interest in technology, […]

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