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...

More Library Center Ideas

L I B R A R Y

  Today's post is written by Connie Robinson, a National Board Certified Librarian. Connie has been a librarian for 11 years at Bramlett Elementary in Oxford, MS.     My 50 minute library class for second graders is divided into 3 segments - whole group instruction, centers, and check-out.  Center time usually lasts ... Continue Reading...

Free Banned Books Week Activities

STORIES

Banned Books Week is almost here! According to the Banned Books Week website, Banned Books Week began in 1982 "in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries." Banned Books Week draws attention to the issue of censorship and the freedom to choose reading materials. An increasing number ... Continue Reading...

Dot Day Ideas

internationaldot day

I have to admit that although I love The Dot by Peter Reynolds, I have never participated in International Dot Day. I've received several emails and questions about Dot Day ideas and activities, so I thought I'd throw it out there to my readers! What do you do on Dot Day? I've started a pinboard on Pinterest, but it doesn't have a ton of pins on ... Continue Reading...