Student Spotlight: Advice for the 2019 Reading Challenge

We asked students: What is your best reading advice? With 1,500 books read so far in 2019, we wanted to inspire other communities taking on the same challenge. Experts from kindergarten through fourth grade shared what has worked for them in finding the right books, making time to read, persevering when things get hard, and […]

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Behind the Shelves: What is a Literature Based Makerspace?

Hi! I just read your post on the Nerdy Book Club blog. You mention a “literature based makerspace.” What is that?? That sounds so cool! -Emily A literature based makerspace is, quite simply, a makerspace that’s inspired by a piece of literature! Do you remember that feeling you used to get when you were a kid, […]

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Coming Soon: Family Book Club, Out of My Mind

5th grade families are invited to participate in our inaugural Family Book Club! Students and their families have the option to read Out of My Mind, the critically acclaimed novel by award-winning author Sharon Draper. This collaborative book club, created with librarian Elaine Kauffman from Trevor Day School in New York City, was specially designed […]

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Three Cheers for Parent Readers

Three cheers for our amazing parent community! 🎉🎉🎉 Parent and family readers have been such amazing teammates in our 2019 Challenge, sending their titles in to help our numbers grow. Need a suggestion? Ms. Dozier just finished The Library Book and An American Marriage; Mr. Corral read Leading from Within; Mr. and Mrs. Edmonds both […]

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Bilingual Books

Bilingual books and books in languages other than English count for two titles towards our 2019 Challenge total, but that’s only one reason we’re obsessed. Our library carries books in Spanish, French, Arabic, Chinese, Hebrew, Swahili, Zulu, Korean, and more – and each of these help us to broaden our horizons and learn a little […]

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The 2019 Challenge

January is the perfect time to start thinking about goals and resolutions.  Who do you want to be this year? What’s in your way? What can help you to get there faster? In our library community, we are always working towards becoming stronger, more confident, more joyful readers. And the only way to get better […]

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Best of 2018: Instagram

The Fitz Instagram has had a huge year! It was my goal to step up my social media game in 2018, and the crazy growth on Instagram is a sign that things are going well. While I love sharing more formal and planned-out thoughts with you via the blog, Instagram is my go-to for quick […]

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Best of 2018: Blog Posts

It has been a big year for Fitz Between the Shelves. With a new focus and a bit of a makeover, there have been lots of changes around here. And with those changes have come some extra traffic to my little corner of the internet, with more than 11,000 views this year. This may not […]

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The 12 Days of Tech-Mas 2018

More Tech-Mas photos, including family snapshots from our Winter Wonderland Family Showcase, below. It’s the most wonderful time of the year… Tech-Mas time! Each year, our 12 Days of Tech-Mas tradition has a theme (last year, we went wild for robots!) and for our third annual  celebration, we decided on a Winter Wonderland theme. That […]

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Student Spotlight: How Can Your Teachers Best Support and Empower You?

Last week after Angie Thomas spoke to Charlottesville with Cville OneBook at the The Jefferson School, a panel of incredibly brave and eloquent local students answered questions about their experience with The Hate U Give, racism, and living in Charlottesville. I asked this remarkable group what advice they had for educators to support and empower their students. Here’s […]

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