HISTORY OF BOOK CENSORSHIP: This presentation is perfect for Banned Books Week or as an introduction to book burning in Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. The slides give a brief history of nine censorship and book banning incidents in world history.

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BOOK OF NIGHTCharlie Hall has never found a lock she couldn’t pick, a book she couldn’t steal, or a bad decision she wouldn’t make.

She’s spent half her life working for gloamists, magicians who manipulate shadows to peer into locked rooms, strangle people in their beds, or worse. Gloamists guard their secrets greedily, creating an underground economy of grimoires. And to rob their fellow magicians, they need Charlie Hall…


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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Student / Staff Picks Cards (downloadable template)

Confession: I hate creating bulletin boards. I have two huge bulletin boards in the library that I change only once each school year–right at the beginning of the year. Whatever I put up there almost always stays there the entire year, so whatever I put has to be something low-maintenance that will be relevant for the entire year. I’ve done genre spotlights, weekly trivia, Returning Our Books On Time, Lone Star reading incentive photos and info, and our yearly cover awards nominees. 

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This year, I am going to try something new on one of the boards. Back when Hollywood Video was still around (are they still around? Not here.), I loved browsing the Staff Picks section. Same with Barnes & Noble’s Staff Picks, which were offered at 40% off. So keeping with that tradition, I am doing a Student/Staff Picks board. I know the idea isn’t new to many of you (I found a similar idea on Pinterest), it is new to me. Since I created my own template, I am offering it to anyone who wants to use it.

I’m going to print these on colored cardstock for students to fill out for our board. The large blank space on the left side is where I will put the book’s cover photo. The blue “Staff Pick” cards are for myself, our faculty, and our student library aides to recommend their books. The red “Student Pick” cards will be for students to use. You could also use the space for a photo of the person recommending the book if you prefer.

One board down, one to go…

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