February 5, 2015
I absolutely love this time of year! I log onto the I Love Libraries website and listen with thousands of other librarians across the country. You're probably wondering what are we listening to? Well it's the American Library Association's, Youth Media Awards, the librarians equivalent to the Oscars.
Sadly I have never attended one of the early morning ceremonies. I've always listened online and screamed with delight when some of my favorites are recognized for their efforts to provide great reading books for children and young adults.
I spent about an hour online ordering books that either won awards or were related to books that I have not read this past year. Yes, I blew my book buget for the month! The following is a list of books that I ordered during that first hour after the ceremony. I'm too embarrassed to tell you how many more books I have ordered since then.
Here's the actual video from the awards ceremony. Enjoy!
2015 American Library Association Youth Media Awards Press Conference:
For over a year I've been working very hard to maintain a Black History Month board on Pinterest. Normally I provide my teachers with a handy Black History Month Pathfinder, but I thought I would kick it up a notch. So far, my teachers really enjoy using this resource along with the district's African-American Studies Curriculum.
Personally, this has been a really facinating experience for me as I have learned so much while adding content to the board. As a result of the Black History board, I created a Black History Firsts board that celebrates the many groundbreaking achievements of African-Americans.
You can follow the board two ways:
Here's my Thursday round up of librarian memes. Some are humorous while others focus on our ongoing advocacy efforts.
I also included an original meme featuring one of my freshman athlete students and I. Creating your own memes are a great way of encouraging students to pick up a book and read and they promote your Library Media Center.
February 4, 2015
It’s no secret that when funding goes for a elementary school, one of the first affected areas is the school library. A school with a dedicated library could end up with only a shelf in a classroom. And then there are other cases, where the school supports the library and kids have an active role in reading, not to mention just more exposure to ideas, to topics, to the world.
Megan Cusick, Chicago Public Schools Librarian and Chair of Chi School Librarians
BCALA News - Fall