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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Picture Book Month Celebration

November is Picture Book Month, a fun opportunity to celebrate our favorite books, as well as our beloved experiences and memories with them. The beautiful pictures, the thoughtful words, the silly characters – there is so much to celebrate! We’ve been reading wonderful pictures books both new and old all month long, and have had a […]

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5th and 6th Grade Book Club: Booked, by Kwame Alexander

Finding a book exciting and interesting enough to captivate both 5th and 6th graders, boys and girls, with a wide variety of interests and reading levels, is no easy feat. The book needed to be short enough not to frustrate readers working on their skills, but challenging enough for even our best readers to push […]

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Spring 2016 Book Fair Scholarship Essays

It’s that time of year again! Our Spring Book Fair is in full swing, and we are collecting donations to make our Book Fair Scholarships for this fair a success. Each year we raise hundreds of dollars to fund scholarships for hard working students that can’t afford to purchase books from the Book Fair. This […]

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Introducing: Lights, Science, ACTION!

Somewhere during the STEAM Team madness, I got an email. Local non-profit Light House Studio had an idea for a workshop that would be perfect for our tech-savvy, ever curious scientists. Would I like a STEAM Team project about movie making and science? Nope. No thanks. I don’t want this to be a part of […]

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World Premiere: Second Grade Classes present, Take it From a Second Grader

Over the past few months, Johnson second graders have been working even harder than usual. These students have stepped out of their comfort zone to become role models, mentors, and teachers to a few lucky first graders – and I couldn’t be prouder. The videos embedded below were designed, scripted, shot, and “edited” by second […]

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