Books of 2019: Lightning Reviews

I present: lighting reviews! One sentence reviews of all the books I’ve read in 2019 so far. Please note that some of these are re-reads, as I definitely believe in reading books over and over again. Ancillary Justice, by Anne Leckie Gender bending sci-fi with great complexity of plot detail, rewards a close reading. The…

Bullet Journaling

Last September, following a tip from my mom, I started bullet journaling. One aspect of the bullet journal is a high form of internet craze, wherein people post pretty pictures on their instagrams and blogs of how wonderfully analog and totally unplugged their lives have become. If you want to hear about it from the…

New Signage! Dewey Shelf Labels

I’m organizing my library! Much of my organizational effort right now, both at home and in the library, is weeding. Whether we call it death cleaning, tidying up, or anything else, weeding is a crucial practice to the upkeep of our collections. I am throwing off the chaff, and finding the wheat. Students who have…

Low-Tech Makerspace Challenges

This year, my schedule allows for me to see students at two distinct times over a 6 day cycle. Once for a complete 45 minute period for their library special, during which I run circulation and teach research skills, and once for a 20 minute half-period, during which I’ve started a low-tech makerspace. For the…

An Early Brave Wednesday

I thought I’d share my brave Wednesday with you today, on Tuesday, in case tomorrow gets away from me. You see, tomorrow I meet my new students! In the true spirit of brave Wednesday’s here is something I made. It’s a sliding volume guide, which I plan to adjust as needed depending on the learning…

Library moments: Dance

My students teach me many things. As I get geared up for the new year, I’ve been pondering them, both little and profound. One of the most fun things my students taught me last year was a number of dance moves! Flossing More popular at the beginning of the year, but still holding it’s own…

Brave Wednesday: Ducky leash

This past Saturday, a tragedy almost happened in our family. We almost lost Ducky, my 3 year old’s lovey when she dropped out of the stroller unnoticed on our way to a friend’s house. That we found her again was fairly miraculous, and involved my retracing our route in the dark with a flashlight and…

Library Moments: Child-led discussions

Last week, I went back to a tried and true lesson plan: read aloud and discussion. I chose one book and read it to every class, kindergarten through 5th grade. I chose The Man Who Walked Between the Towers for this exercise. It is a picture book detailing how a street performer named Philippe Petit…