My Child Loved to Read… What Happened?

“What happened to my reader? Last year, he was in the library every week picking out books. I had to take his book away at meals. Now, I can’t get him to read anything. It’s like he has no interest in it.”

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Changing the World, One Reader at a Time

Fitz Between the Shelves is changing. When I started writing about libraries in 2012, I had one goal: to advocate for my library program. What were we reading? What were we learning? How were kids using their designated library time? There was an undercurrent to each post: This space is important. Students use it, students need […]

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Things that Made my Brain Explode – November 2, 2018

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 […]

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Starting a Conversation about anti-Semitism

I have a platform, and it’s obvious that I use it for more than just reviewing books. This is a space where I communicate my hopes, dreams, and fears for the world; where I talk about what matters to me through the books that I read and the lessons that I teach. But I’m also […]

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Above and Beyond Kindness

This is what above and beyond kindness looks like. 8th grade library interns organized a secret Halloween goodie exchange to brighten everyone’s busy October, called “Spooky Interns”. When they asked if I’d like to play, I explained that health related dietary restrictions mean that the candy-focused Halloween isn’t really a fun holiday for me, and […]

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Teaching Meaningful Kindness

St. Anne’s-Belfield School celebrated Kindness in Chalk Day and Unity Day today, and I loved watching all of the extra kindness spread like confetti over our school. And tonight, I’m wondering – How do we continue the conversation, and how do we make it even deeper and more meaningful? How do we teach and model what […]

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Your Story Matters – Use Your Voice

Every voice. Every story. Every language. Every day. Your story matters. Use your voice. I’m so proud of, and excited about, this new display in the Learning Village Library. Thank you to Señora Roth and our Upper School dorm students for helping to bring this idea to life. Can your family help add more voices to […]

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The Hate U Give Movie with Cville OneBook

I know absolutely zero about movies, so I don’t have any fancy review to share on this incredibly powerful and painful film. But I DO know that I’m so thankful to Hold the Line Magazine for giving me the opportunity to step outside of my echo chamber and spend the evening weeping, laughing, and screaming in a […]

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Things That Made my Brain Explode – October 12, 2018

There’s a lot of really great information on the internet. Of course, there’s a lot of junk, too – but if you look closely, and you’re plugged into the right communities, there’s a lot of really great information. Sometimes, it gets buried in the breaking news or weather alerts, and we miss it. (Or, if […]

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Resources for Talking to your Child about Consent

consent [kuh n-sent] verb (used without object) 1. to permit, approve, or agree; comply or yield (often followed by to or an infinitive): He consented to the proposal. We asked her permission, and she consented. 2. Archaic. to agree in sentiment, opinion, etc.; be in harmony. (Source) Although it has a wide range of complicated connotations, the definition of consent is actually very simple: to permit, approve, or agree. We consent to things everyday. Or, we disagree with them. As adults, it’s something we have practiced and exercise regularly (although some […]

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