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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Hurricane Harvey Book Club

Since the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, thousands of students in Texas have not been able to return to school. When they do go back, many will have lost their classroom, school, and public libraries. As part of an ongoing desire to teach our students empathy and the importance of community service, 4th grade teacher McKenzie […]

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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?ย   

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#stabsummerreading

If you’re sharing your reading on social media, use #stabsummerreading so our awesome reading community can stay connectedย 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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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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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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Fitz’s Faves: Bella’s review of Out of My Mind, by Sharon Draper

I gave this book five stars because it is a wonderful book about a girl named Melody. Melody struggles with illness that makes her unable to walk or talk. It’s like she’s in a world where nobody can understand her, she’s trapped in her own mind with no way out. She is so smart, but […]

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Solving Library Problems with Graphic Design

Running a K-8 library is hard. It’s not the curriculum that’s difficult, or even the task of purchasing relevant and exciting texts for such a wide range of ages. Switching gears from 5th grade to kindergarten on a dime isn’t easy, but that’s not what I’m talking about. No, I’m talking organization. That’s the hard […]

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