You’re Invited: 2019 Computer Science Institute

Educators! Snag your spot in the 2019 CS Institute, powered by St. Anne’s-Belfield School and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. This free two-day workshop gives K-12 educators easy, bite-size, accessible tools and ideas to bring computer science into lessons and activities. I know what you’re thinking – “I’m not qualified to […]

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Solving Library Problems with Design Thinking: 3D Printing Braille Signage

  Each year I push 4th grade students to use the design thinking process to create a lasting and meaningful contribution to their library. In past years, we’ve used graphic design to create new signage that’s more accessible to young readers, and interviewed kindergarteners to create systems to help them find the books that they […]

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Building our Little Free Library

  From the first pencil sketch design to drilling today’s final screw, this Leveling the Playing Field Quest team has had little Charlottesville readers and Bennett’s Village on their minds and in their hearts. With help from Mr. Browning, our sketches and plans became real pieces and we worked together to assemble them. Our Little […]

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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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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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