In the News


School Library Journal
Books on Bikes Initiative Keeps Students Reading in Summer. For a group of school librarians and teachers in Charlottesville, VA, summer doesn’t mean lying out in the sun with a glass of lemonade. Instead, they are taking to the road with their bikes to provide books to students in the Charlottesville City School District, where 54 percent of the student population is economically disadvantaged. Read on

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Teachers Take to Two Wheels to Encourage Summer Reading. For the past five summers, teachers on bicycles have handed out books to students in neighborhoods across Charlottesville as a way of keeping them reading in the summer months and connecting with the communities in which they teach. Read from the Charlottesville Daily Progress. 


Library 2.017 Digital Literacy Conference via the SJSU School of Information
Foiling Fake News with Fourth Graders. A digital conference session focusing on a hand-son, three-week news evaluation lesson unit. Includes links to resources. Co-presented with Kim Wilkens, TechGirls founder and Computer Science Coordinator at St. Anne’s-Belfield School. Watch on YouTube or listen to audio via BlackboardCollaborate.


School Library Journal
Supermoons Cause Tidal Waves—True or False? Our news literacy program challenges fourth graders to find out. A school librarian media specialist and computer science coordinator design a hands-on, three-week news evaluation lesson. See the full article in the June print edition of School Library Journal, or read on


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A New Kind of Book Club. When I became a school librarian, I knew that I wanted to create a new kind of book club that would welcome a variety of readers, with all different learning styles; a celebration of reading that everyone could enjoy. Read on Nerdy Book Club.



St. Anne’s-Belfield School
Newbery Medal Winner Kwame Alexander Brings Cool Back to Poetry. Fourth and fifth grade students from city and county public schools, as well as regional independent schools, were treated to a panel discussion with Newbery Medal winning author Kwame Alexander, Caldecott Medal winning illustrator Ekua Holmes, and St. Anne’s-Belfield School Librarian Sarah FitzHenry on March 22. Read on

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STEAM Team at Johnson: The Maker Movement. Thanks to parents and community support (and the leadership of the school’s librarian Sarah FitzHenry), Johnson Elementary has a new after-school offering, the STEAM Team.  STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Read on

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Visiting Author Kate DiCamillo. The speaker who garnered so much excitement, electricity, and joy was Kate DiCamillo, humble and hilarious author of some of the most beloved children’s books in recent history. Read on the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (pg 11).

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Lights, Science, ACTION! Talk about the perfect combination for a fantastic STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) educational experience! Meet Sarah FitzHenry, last year’s librarian at Johnson Elementary School in Charlottesville, VA, who- with her tech-savvy, incredibly curious young scientists, partnered with local non-profit filmmaking studio, Light House Studio on a project that combines movie making and science. Read on Community Idea Stations.

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Meet your Educator: Sarah Messham (FitzHenry). An interview with Sarah Messham (FitzHenry), School Library Media Specialist with Charlottesville City Schools. Read on Charlottesville Tomorrow.


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