We failed. Now what?: 10 Steps for Discussing Failure with Kids

Student-led, inquiry based, project based… these learning terms are big in the education world, and the pressure for students to create meaningful, big, showy products is intense. But student-led and project based learning isn’t all productive work periods and beautiful results. Sometimes, the most meaningful and memorable thing that students can do is fail. When […]

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Quest: How can we make our spaces more inclusive and welcoming for all?

What is an inclusive playground, and why does it matter? Our Quest has been working to understand and break down barriers that children in Charlottesville face that keep them from being able to read and play. Last month, we were lucky enough to meet Kara with Bennett’s Village, who taught us so much about Bennett, […]

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Women in STEM display for Women’s History Month

Our library’s little 🤚🏽🤚🏿🤚🏻🤚🏾🤚🏼 can’t get enough of these gorgeous Women in STEM posters from Women You Should Know. I find readers touching the faces and tracing the words countless times a day (especially Mae Jemison, who, along with Leland Melvin, has reached beyond rockstar status in our world). Did you know that Rosalind Franklin was integral […]

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Quest: How can we level the playing field for children in Charlottesville?

Not all children in Charlottesville have the same opportunities, and they ALL deserve the chance to read and play. We’ll be spending the trimester building Little Free Libraries, working with Bennett’s Village to help make an all-abilities playground a reality, and scheming up other ways to make Charlottesville a safe, welcoming, and fun place for […]

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Celebrating Strong Women: Resources for Women’s History Month

  For the first time this year, I put the work into bringing Black History Month to life in my library. It was such a wonderful month of questions, discussions, explorations, and growth! It changed the way that I look at displays and celebrations in my space, and the deep thinking they can inspire. As […]

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Tech-Girls Monthly: February Spotlight

I’m honored to be the February Spotlight for Tech-Girls Monthly, the killer newsletter from Tech-Girls and Charlottesville Women in Tech. Each month, they highlight a different woman working with technology and feature their story in their newsletter and on their website. Check out my interview – including what drives my passion and interest in technology, […]

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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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Coming Soon: Winter Wonderland Family Showcase

I hope that you’ll join us for the Twelve Days of Tech-Mas Winter Wonderland Family Showcase next Thursday, 12/13, before school! Students are so excited to teach their new computer science skills to their families and friends. Families should come ready to create, code, and problem solve, while our K-6 experts guide them through projects […]

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