Countdown to Library

Transitions are tough, ya’ll. Especially when you’re five. This year, I’m trying something new with the transition into library class. We’ll meet in the doorway, count down together, and make time for a one-one-one greeting before we make our way inside. Because all the wonder, love, and magic in the world can’t reach you if […]

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Behind the Shelves: Help, I’m transitioning to my first K-5 library!

Hello Sarah, I am transferring from high school to an elementary school next year as the librarian. The school is Pre-K – 5. This is very broad, yet would you please have any advice to offer? Are there any specific books, blogs (other than your own obviously), etc. I should read/follow? Thank you so much! […]

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The Book that Changed Everything

In our opening meetings this week, our Head of School spoke about THE book: The One That Changed Everything. For him, it was Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon. Once he read it, nothing was the same. Then, he asked us to consider and share our own. My mind went to Harry Potter. As a kid, […]

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Insta Review: My Life with the Walter Boys, by Ali Novak

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram My Life with the Walter Boys was a “YOU HAVE TO READ THIS” suggestion from Reece C., and if you’re going through Summer I Turned Pretty withdrawal after bingeing that series (💁‍♀️), then let this […]

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Coming Soon: Tech Girls Party with Computers 4 Kids

Mark your calendars! Tech-Girls, Computers 4 Kids and I are throwing a Tech Girls Party with free food, books, and hands-on tech time. And you’re invited! Join us at Computers 4 Kids, in the Charlottesville IX Art Park, on Wednesday, August 14th from 5:30-7:00 PM. We’ll be hosting girl geeks from all over the area […]

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Things that Made My Brain Explode: August 2, 2019

Articles and news stories are constantly pushing me to consider something new, broaden my perspective, or change the way I look at an issue. My husband likes to joke that my brain explodes with something new on a daily basis. These articles – and the brain explosions that result from them – are so beneficial for […]

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#STABSummerReading: July 2019

Can you believe that it’s already August? As usual, the summer is going by in a flash – I know that my teacher friends are already counting down the dwindling days until we’re back in our classrooms, refreshing and creating for the new year. But it’s not quite that time yet, we’ve still got some […]

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Coming Soon: More Free Summer Programming with New Dominion Bookshop

Local to the Charlottesville area? I’ve been working with New Dominion Bookshop, the beloved Charlottesville institution, to bring free family programming out of the library and into the city this summer. You can read more about the partnership here. We had a whale of a time at our first round of events (ha! Whale! Narwhal! […]

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Graphic Novel Geeks Only: Create Your Own After-School Club

This article was published on Nerdy Book Club on July 27, 2019. You can read in its original format here.   If you’re a reading teacher, librarian, or parent, then you probably already know: graphic novels are all the rage. They’re fun to read, they’re deep and evocative, and they engage all kinds of readers at first glance. […]

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Insta Review: Poisoned Apples, by Christine Heppermann

Insta Review gives you a new book recommendation in under a minute. Go ahead, time it! View this post on Instagram “Photoshopped Poem. Some say the Before poem / had character. / This poem is much more attractive. / With the Healing Brush Tool / I took out most of the lines. / I left in […]

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