I've been meaning to share these photos I took at the Powell's Book Store branch in the Portland airport. I thought the use of different handwritten fonts as well as the minimal images that tied to the title were very effective just to catch the eye. The personal touch on the review was great as well. Some of these are for younger readers, some for older even adults. Scroll to see them all and adapt for your setting. Katie
At our elementary professional development last week we discussed making our libraries more culturally relevant. I mentioned that as the topic for the meeting had been postponed a couple times due to conflicts and more pressing issues I had continued to find more and more resources. In fact we didn't get to investigate all the wonderful links and book lists I'd located during that Friday meeting. Anyhow I just discovered yet another blog post that is very timely. I hope you'll get time to read this librarian's comments on "Becoming More Diverse" and take advantage of what she has learned about this journey. Katie
And this isn't NERDY as in techie nerds. This is NERDY as in book loving nerds. Check out The Nerdy Book Club and see if you don't get lost in the posts almost immediately and have to struggle to come up for air. One of the facilitators is Donalyn Miller, author of the Book Whisperer, just to give you an idea of the expertise moving the project along. And it's not just for elementary folks. Check out their book lists and see how many of their recommendations, especially the non-fiction, you have in your collection. Install their button, designed by Tom Angelberger on your webpage to link to the awards lists -
Check out Dia Day, April 30th, a day celebrating both diversity and reading. While much of this is intended for public libraries you clever school library folk can extract plenty of great resources from the book lists, coloring sheets and activities. Enjoy!! Katie
Thanks to Jim for sharing finding and sharing this USA Today article on paper microscopes. What a wonder!
First 3-D printers, now this. Ask your students what will be next?
Print out these wonderful posters and put them up around your school!!
Thank you, Peter Reynolds for believing in us.
If you don't have access to a color printer just give us a call and say "pretty please!" Katie
This Washington Post article reprinted in the Anchorage Daily News has some interesting information on how reading on screens is changing our reading habits and even the way we process what we're reading. This is especially important to librarians as we struggle with the question of maintaining a print collection while building up our digital resources. Katie