Behind the Scenes: Making a Book Display

I’m not that great at book displays. I know, I know, librarians are supposed to have great book display game. We’re supposed to be cutting, tracing, glueing, bubble-letter geniuses. Maybe it’s the fact that my readers are so enthusiastic that books in our library don’t take much selling; maybe it’s because my ideas are much […]

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#IADWAYR – September 5, 2017

In today’s episode of #IADWAYR, 5th graders in Core 2 answer the question: It’s A Day, What Are You Reading?   

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#stabsummerreading

If you’re sharing your reading on social media, use #stabsummerreading so our awesome reading community can stay connected through the summer months. Follow #stabsummerreading to see what your friends, teachers, and other STAB students are reading! Here it is, my middle school friends – the moment you have been waiting for. Are you already bored with […]

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Quest: Can We Help a Community Organization?

Last semester, I was lucky enough to work with a talented and driven group of young women on a Quest called So You Want to Learn Guitar? When it came time to start preparing for my next Quest, I had no idea how I would top such a fun, challenging, and rewarding semester. Offer another […]

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Yankee Swap Summer Book Exchange

Every so often, wandering through the library with my middle school groups, I’ll hear a sound that is music to my ears: students  “You have to read this book. It’s so good. I’m obsessed with it.” Peer to peer recommendations are incredibly powerful. No matter how well I know a student or how passionately I […]

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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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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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Quest: So You Want to Learn Guitar?

The final product of my Winter Quest group, called Learn the Guitar: But How? The group of five 7th and 8th grade girls chose a Taylor Swift song and created a custom musical and vocal arrangement, recorded the guitar track, recorded the vocals, edited the combined musical track, filmed the video clips, and edited the […]

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Library Lately

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I post photos almost everyday of all of the action going on between the shelves. Our library isn’t just a place for checkout – it’s a lively, exciting, rockin’ place where all sorts of fun, games, songs, and exploration take place! Scheduled weekly visits from students […]

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This Month in Photos: March 2016

Spring is officially here, bringing with it all of the excitement of beautiful weather, bright flowers, and fun activities! Johnson is a flurry of excitement these days, and it’s all a librarian can do to keep up. March and April have been busy busy busy, and I’m happy to share a snapshot of some of […]

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