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Since Ragnarokthe great war between the gods and the forces of chaos—the human realm of the Midlands has become a desperate and dangerous place, bereft of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Eiric Halvorsen is among the luckier ones—his family has remained prosperous. But he stands to lose everything when he’s wrongly convicted by a rigged jury of murdering his modir and stepfadir. Also at risk is Eiric’s half-systir, Liv, who’s under suspicion for her interest in seidr, or magic. Then a powerful jarl steps in: He will pay the blood price if Eiric will lead a mission to the fabled Temple at the Grove—the rich stronghold of the wyrdspinners, the last practitioners of sorcery.

Spellsinger, musician, and runecaster Reginn Eiklund has spent her life performing at alehouses for the benefit of her master, Asger, a fire demon she is desperate to escape. After one performance that amazes even herself, two wyrdspinners in the audience make Reginn an irresistible offer: return with them to the Temple to be trained in seidr, forever free of Asger.

Eiric’s, Liv’s, and Reginn’s journeys converge in New Jotunheim, a paradise fueled by magic and the site of the Temple. They soon realize that a great evil lurks beneath the dazzling surface and that old betrayals and long-held grudges may fuel another cataclysmic war. It will require every gift and weapon at their command to prevent it.


Library Challenge #1 tasks you with an annual review (or maybe your first review) of your library's Selection and Reconsideration Policies.

LIBRARY CHALLENGE #1 Are library book challenges scary? I think so! But they are much less scary when you have a strong plan. When you know exactly what to do

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This article is 10 essential tips for new school librarians. These are the 10 things you should do FIRST in your new school library.

You’ve landed a brand new school librarian job–congratulations! All summer, you’ve looked forward to standing in the middle of your very own library, taking a deep breath, and reveling in

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This is a collection of fun ideas for middle school library orientation. Even if you don't use the ideas, the videos are a lot of fun to watch!

Ahh, the first day of school! Call me crazy, but I’ve always loved it! I will see my first middle school library orientation classes this Wednesday. We have a book

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Fun Ideas for Middle School Library Orientation

Ahh, the first day of school! Call me crazy, but I’ve always loved it!

I will see my first middle school library orientation classes this Wednesday. We have a book fair coming Thursday, so we will be frantically setting up. I will see one class at a time for orientation, checkout, and book fair. It will be a whirlwind for the next two weeks!

You can find lots of great ideas for middle school library orientation from the SLJ blog! I especially love the Library Bingo/PowerPoint game and the Scavenger Hunt ideas!

Some ideas for library orientation, many of which can be used for any grade level…

Upper-Elementary and Middle School Library Orientation Scavenger Hunt

This activity helps students in Grades 4-7 explore the library and find important items and places (printer, book return, circulation desk, pencil sharpener, different genre sections, etc.)

I used QR codes and a secret message from Dumbledore to help make it interesting. You can edit the scavenger hunt card to suit locations in your library. Directions are easy-to-follow, and it’s a fun and easy way to help students become familiar with the library!

See it here

“Bookloose” video by Dowell Middle School students (McKinney, TX)

The students and faculty in this video do such a great job acting, singing, and getting into the music! The boy singing the main song is one to watch–so much personality!!! It’s a perfect way to begin your middle school library orientation!


Kid Snippets: “Library”

No middle school library orientation is complete without some discussion of volume in the library. In this video, some really funny kids and adults demonstrate why it’s so important to keep your voice down in the library!

Elementary Versus Middle School

Okay, this isn’t the most fun part of library orientation, but it is very necessary for our new sixth graders. I included the Google Slides version I use–please feel free to download and modify to suit your needs. This could easily be adapted for middle school vs. high school libraries for ninth grade library orientations.


“All About Those Books” (parody of “All About That Base”)

Good little singers in this one! I love to see so much talent in young people!


“I Like Big Books and I Cannot Lie”

This is another video from the adorable Dowell Middle School Library. Definitely some creativity flowing there!!!

“Unread Book” (parody of “Uptown Funk”)

Just try to stay in your seat while this one plays!


Mr. Bean in the Library

Who doesn’t love Mr. Bean? Clean and truly funny, this episode shows students what NOT to do to your library books…


Quiet in the Library! At least the lady in this video is (somewhat) polite!


Mr. Bookman Tells Jerry Seinfeld How It Is

No collection of library videos from me would be complete without a clip from my favorite TV show of all time! This Mr. Bookman guy is hilarious–even Jerry can’t help but laugh when he talks about pee-pees being drawn in books. This one is probably best for the adults, but you know I had to include it!


Conan the Librarian

Here’s to a great school year!

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