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Love for Libraries — Celebrating National Library Week

I have a love hate relationship with libraries.  Of course, having worked in a public library, academic library, school library, and medical library, I love libraries! Still, having worked in a public library, academic library, school library, and medical library, I hate libraries.  Let me explain. I have often said I could write a book […]

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Alyssa Harvey — Librarian Extraordinaire

Alyssa Harvey is my hero.  As a circulation assistant at the Cortland Free Library she has made her mark in Youth Services.  When I left my job as Youth Services Librarian after my maternity leave she was there to pick up where I left off and in the absence of a Librarian she took over […]

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Pink is for Girls, Blue is for Boys

Long before becoming a parent I read a book that would forever influence how I raise my children,  Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween, by Melissa Atkins Wardy. Essentially it brings to light what we all see on a daily basis; all-pink aisles in toy […]

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The Cat in the Hat and Chuck Taylors — A Love Story

It started one Christmas just 5 years ago, my husband gave me Chucks, of whose existence I didn’t even know. Cat in the Hat were my first pair and now I have quite the collection, it just doesn’t seem fair.  The Lorax, the Grinch, If I Ran the Circus, and more, I have Dr. Seuss […]

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More Than Books — Coding and Robotics in the Library

I arrived 15 minutes prior to my noon appointment on a Friday afternoon with school librarian Katy Charles.  I am glad I was early because it gave me a chance to see Katy at work with 2nd Graders.  At the time of my arrival students were actively choosing books from the shelf and reading comfortably […]

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#WeNeedDiverseBooks: A World of Change in Just One Year

We Need Diverse Books began as a hashtag that went viral, and in less than a year, it has grown into a strong, multi-faceted non-profit organization that is changing the face of children’s and young adult literature. In this article, author Karen Sandler shares how the campaign began, how it grew so fast, and where it stands one year later. […]

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In a Land of Laptops, Do Kids Still Want Books?

In a 1:1 STEM charter school (where every student has a laptop and most have mobile devices), are print books even needed? The answer might surprise you. Find out how abundant technology resources impacted collection development at one of the nation’s best high schools.

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Making Makers in Your Library (Learning Commons Model, Part 5)

This is Heather Kindschy’s fifth article in a series on the Learning Commons Model. Be sure to take a look at the other articles in the series.   “Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein Albert Einstein had it right. In an age of constant standardized testing, sometimes our children and, even some adults, […]

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Time to Ditch Dewey? Shelving Systems that Make Sense to Students (Learning Commons Model, Part 4)

by Heather E. Kindschy This is Heather Kindschy’s fourth article in a series on the Learning Commons Model. Be sure to take a look at the other articles in the series. As a participant in my school district’s pilot program for the Learning Commons Model of school libraries, I am required to track the questions we […]

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Learning Commons (Part 3): After the Dust Settles, Communication is the Key

by Heather Kindschy This is Heather Kindschy’s fourth article in a series on the Learning Commons Model. Be sure to take a look at the other articles in the series. And when the evening comes, we smile So much of life ahead We’ll find a place where there’s room to grow And yes, we’ve just begun […]

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The New “Learning Commons” Model: Part 2 of 5,4 Steps to Dramatic Transformation

Contributed by Heather Kindschy “We need to stop thinking of the library as a grocery store—a place to ‘get stuff’— and start thinking of it as a kitchen—a place to ‘make stuff.’” -Joyce Valenza(1) Step 1: Inspiration from Others on the Journey My journey from traditional school library to learning commons began with inspiration from […]

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Five Things You Need to Know about the Learning Commons Model,Heather Kindschy (Teacher-Librarian, Mt. Bethel Elementary School, Marietta GA)

This article is the first in a series highlighting the Learning Commons Model, a new way of organizing and constructing school libraries. It is important that anyone with a stake in the future of school libraries—current librarians, teachers, students, parents, future teachers and librarians, and patrons— understand what the learning commons is, what its primary […]

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Featured Article Series: Learning Commons Model

This series of articles highlights the Learning Commons Model, a new way of organizing and constructing school libraries. It is important that anyone with a stake in the future of school libraries—current librarians, teachers, students, parents, future teachers and librarians, and patrons— understand what the learning commons is, what its primary functions are, what it means […]

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Celebrate Banned Books Week

September 21-27 is Banned Books Week, and book lovers around the country will be celebrating the freedom to read! This year, the thematic focus of Banned Books Week will be comics and graphic novels. Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee notes that “despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a […]

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Ten Things to Know about the Schneider Family Book Award,By Peg Glisson

On Monday, June 30, 2014, during the ALA Annual Conference, the Schneider Family Book Award celebrated its Tenth Anniversary at a celebratory luncheon with 2014 honorees Elizabeth Wein, Merrie Haskell, Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet and their publishers, current and incoming Schneider Book Award Jury members, and ALA representatives. A highlight was a conference call […]

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Just What is My CLCD and How Can I Use It? ,By Peg Glisson

CLCD has added many new features over the past year, perhaps the least understood of which are those under the My CLCD tab. Imagine being able to view your last 50 Searches, not having to recreate Advanced Searches again and again, and saving titles to a themed list or lists. My CLCD lets users do […]

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Member Contributed Content,By Peg Glisson

Librarians and teachers tend to be collaborative, both within their selected profession and between professions. Librarians frequently collaborate within their system or school district, developing booklists, programming or lesson ideas, and PR. Teachers commonly co-plan with others in their grade level or content area. No matter the who or where, the end result is always […]

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Social Studies plus Literature equals Powerful Learning,By Peg Glisson

Common Core is not a curriculum, but includes standards and a sequence for teaching those standards. One goal of Common Core is integration of subject matter across the board. While Common Core Standards do not address history, the goal is for students who are studying a period of history, say World War II, to read […]

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CLCD, version 3.1: Our Quest to be the Best,By Peg Glisson

It’s been an exciting, invigorating year for CLCD! We hope for you as well, and particularly regarding your use of CLCD. In May 2013, we introduced CLCD, version 2.0; then in December, we released version 3.0. And now, in April 2014, CLCD, version 3.1 was released! Phew! The changes all have been to bring CLCD […]

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STEM: By Whom? For Whom?,By Peg Glisson

The library world was hit nearly simultaneously by two initiatives: Common Core and STEM. In both cases, there have been questions about what, why, where, and by whom. In both cases, initial reaction was it’s an academic thing, impacting schools. But thoughtful minds quickly remembered that public libraries also are about learning, lifelong learning, making […]

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