My Favorite Moments of 2019

Earlier this week, I shared the most popular posts of 2019, according to statistics, on Fitz Between the Shelves. And while it’s fascinating to see what readers enjoy the most, it’s also surprising to see what makes it to the top of the list; because they’re rarely the moments that I loved the most! So […]

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Best of 2019: Blog Posts

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful holiday. I’m excited to share our top posts of 2019 – they’re always so different than I expect. Some of these were favorites last year, too, and some are brand new. I know that I loved writing them – I hope that enjoyed reading them […]

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Who Can Found a Non-Profit?

Who can found a non-profit? In our opening meetings for this semester’s student-lead Quest (how can we help the hunger crisis?) we found ourselves wondering: How do nonprofits get started? Who can found one? What does a nonprofit board look like? How does all of this even happen? What does it take to go from […]

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Quest: How Can We Help the Hunger Crisis?

There’s a hunger crisis in Charlottesville – how can we help make a difference? Ms. Monty and I are beyond thrilled to be the faculty mentors supporting student Quest leaders Izzy and Spicer as they dive into that BIG question and so many more: What is a hunger crisis? What’s the difference between hunger and […]

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20,000 Pennies at the 2019 Virginia Association of School Librarians Conference

Last Friday, November 8, I had the pleasure of joining a fabulous presentation team to share 20,000 Pennies, our story of community connection sparked through literature. Our presentation team included Kara McClurken, co-founder of Bennett’s Village, and Jack Dozier, St. Anne’s-Belfield School student and leader of the Leveling the Playing Field for Children in Charlottesville […]

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The Haunted Library 2019

On October 29, the Haunted Library opened its doors once again for a one-night-only,  hands-on family celebration. Much like last year’s event, the 2019 Haunted Library invited ghouls and ghosts to attend in their costumes and explore creepy projects and games together. This year, middle schoolers were completely in charge of the event – from […]

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Exploring Cozy Reading Spots

  What fits your brain and body best when you want to read? Do you like laying down or sitting up? Being squished or having space? A silent area or soft music playing? Every reader is different! Last week, first graders used the Noticing Tool to observe new things in the library. At the top […]

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How We Talk About Books

How do your readers talk about books? For years, I never bothered to teach students how to talk about books. I didn’t spend class time on it, but I sure would get frustrated when readers would say things like, “It was good.” I wanted them to dig deeper and share more, and was so frustrated that […]

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Our Reading Rights: My Big Mistake and How I’m Fixing It

Last year, inspired by Pernille Ripp’s Reading Rights idea, I decided to bring a kind of Library Bill of Rights to my middle school readers. I loved the idea of creating a set of norms and holding both my readers and myself to them throughout the year, even when the schedule got busy and things […]

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