Coming Soon: 2017 Books on Bikes Bike Parade

You’ve heard me talk a lot on this blog about Books on Bikes (no really… a lot). It combines my very favorite things: books, exercise, popsicles, and the Charlottesville community. Biking with the Books on Bikes team is the best part of my summer every year, and I’m so excited to be introducing this amazing project to […]

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Family Connection: The “Childhood Book”

The other day, a sixth grader approached me when I was standing at the circulation desk. “Have you read Mountain Dog?” He asked. Students approach me about books like this all the time. It’s my favorite part of the day. Sometimes it’s to talk about how much they loved a book – sometimes it’s to […]

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Family Connection: Resources for Talking to your Child about Immigration and Refugees

  When I first started working with kids, I was under the naive assumption that parents and teachers had complete power over the opinions of the children that they work with. “My students will always be kind and patient and tolerant,” I thought, “because that is what I will teach them.” Cute, right? Enter: Reality. Children […]

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Learning Village Library featured in School Library Journal

Over on School Library Journal today, STAB Computer Science Coordinator Kim Wilkens and I are talking about Foiling Fake News, a unit we developed for fourth graders to help them to put their digital literacy and computer science skills to the test. We had a blast while helping our fourth graders to sharpen their critical thinking […]

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Family Connection: Library Yoga

When I feel small in a world so big, when I wonder how I fit in, when the world is spinning so fast… I tell my wiggling body: be still. I tell my thinking mind: be quiet. I tell my racing breath: be slow. – I Am Yoga, by Susan Verde  In the transition from […]

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Family Connection: Resources for Talking to Your Child about 13 Reasons Why

Note: This post is intended to be a resource for parents, educators, and students, instead of a personal reflection. If you would like to hear my personal feelings about 13 Reasons Why or engage in a discussion about difficult topics in young adult literature, I invite you to contact me privately via email at fitzbetweentheshelves@gmail.com.  When […]

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Cardboard MakerSpace Book Club

Her hair fell into her face and she hunched over, tongue sticking out of the corner of her mouth, fingering an LED light and a strip of copper tape. The cardboard car sat stubbornly askew on the tabletop. She moved silently, in tiny increments, only pausing to wipe her hand on her skirt or tuck her […]

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Visiting Author: Kwame Alexander and Ekua Holmes

Thanks to the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book, St. Anne’s-Belfield School welcomed more than 2,400 young students from around the Charlottesville area onto the Learning Village Campus on Wednesday for a special event: Out of Wonder: Poets Celebrating Poetry – A Conversation Between author Kwame Alexander and illustrator Ekua Holmes, moderated by Sarah FitzHenry. In my […]

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Family Connection: “Book holes” and Repeat Readers

Have you ever seen this viral Amazon commercial from 2015? If you’ve ever binge-watched a TV show (I’m looking at you, Gilmore Girls), then you know that yes, indeed, the struggle IS real. When you’re attached to a fictional world and invested in what happens to the people inside of it, it can be hard to […]

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