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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September & October Antiracist Read: Me and White Supremacy, by Laya F. Saad

Image via Brave and Kind Books My September and October anti-racist read was Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Laya F. Saad. In September, I experienced this book via audiobook, which the author read herself. In October, I purchased a hard copy from my local bookstore, […]

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August Antiracist Read: I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown

Image via Sojourners My August antiracist read was I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness, by Austin Channing Brown. I experienced this book via the audiobook, which the author read herself. Here is some information about the book, from the AustinChanning.com: In a time when nearly all institutions (schools, churches, universities, […]

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Monday Wonder: What Questions are We Asking about Online Learning?

Today, I’m wondering: Why do people ask “Can online/remote learning work for all children?” when they never asked, “Does classroom learning work for all children?” I shared this question in my Instagram stories yesterday and got so many smart and heartfelt responses that I wanted to shift the conversation here to open it up for […]

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Sarah FitzHenry, Professional Optimist

This year, for the first time in my professional life, I won’t be a school librarian. I’m starting a new role at a new school, and the change comes with a lot of feelings. I’m still working through those. (But suffice it to say, there are a lot of emojis involved.) Mr. Fitz and I […]

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July Antiracist Read: So You Want to Talk about Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

(Image via Brave and Kind Books) My July antiracist read was So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo. I experienced this book via the audiobook, which the author read herself. Here is some information about the book, from Brave and Kind Books: Widespread reporting on aspects of white supremacy–from police brutality to […]

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May Antiracist Read: Stamped – Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

My May antiracist read was Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, by Jason Reynolds and Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. This book is the young readers adaptation of Dr. Kendi’s best-selling Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America. Here is some information about the book, from Jason Reynolds’ website: This is NOT […]

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Antiracist Resources from Social Media, June 1, 2020

No matter how you learn best, there are myriad resources available to help approach, begin, continue, or deepen your antiracist journey. Here are a few resources that have helped me recently, including information about original sources for further reading, listening, and learning:   1. Are your kids too young to talk about race? A look […]

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Thoughts from a Socially Distant Teacher

Today, I was chatting with a librarian friend and lamenting how difficult it has been for me to focus on reading in the past week (we were chatting over Instagram from the comfort of our own homes, as we stay home in an attempt to flatten the curve). In response, she sent this: “Here’s the […]

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