Book Shelving Strategies

Bookshelving Strategies

It is hard to believe that we are midway through the school year, but now that we are, I have a question to pose to all Media Center Aides, especially those that are in the library without any help. What do you do about all your book returns? How do you get them back on the shelves within a timely manner and still keep your shelves looking nice and ... Continue Reading...

iPad Apps for the School Library

iPad Apps for the School Library

My first article was filled with tidbits to consider regarding the use of iPads, but now I can write about the fun part- the apps! For the last few years, I have been on the hunt for fun, useful, friendly, and most importantly, free, apps. There are thousands of applications to sift through, but with the help of some great bloggers and library ... Continue Reading...

iPads in the Library

iPads in the Library

Incorporating iPads in the library (and the school) is perhaps the biggest trend in education today. The idea seems so simple- get iPads, find apps, and let students swipe away into the 21st century. However, as we all know, nothing is ever that simple. I intended to write this article about all of the apps I am using and how I am using them, but I ... Continue Reading...

Juggling Class Time and Checkout

Juggling

Due to a 70 minute Reading block and six 50 minute scheduled Library Special classes a day at my school, there's only 20 minutes left at the beginning of the day for ‘Open Check-out’. I had to get creative in order to get 700 students into the library to check out books when they needed them.   I implemented ‘Flex Check-Out’ during ... Continue Reading...

Collaborating With Teachers

C O L L A B O R A T I N G

  As a traveling librarian, half of my day is spent in one building and the other half in another. My schedule doesn’t allow for much collaboration with other teachers, especially other librarians. Over the last ten years, I have tried many different ways to collaborate with classroom teachers. In the beginning, it was very challenging to ... Continue Reading...

Author Spotlight: Henry Cole

Author Spotlight

One of my favorite author/illustrators is Henry Cole. He has illustrated many books for authors and has written and illustrated his own books. I first was introduced to Henry Cole when my parents attended a Reading Conference in Maryland. He and Pamela Duncan Edwards were two of the presenters. My parents know how much I love children’s literature, ... Continue Reading...