This December Holidays Library Lesson covers winter holidays from all over the world! Features Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Las Posadas, Pancha Ganapati, Boxing Day, and La Befana. Includes whole-group library lesson, scrolling slideshow, Recommended Reads, Scavenger Hunt activity, and lesson plan template.

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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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Check out our newest Genre Tree!

Introducing the Fantasy Genre Tree! Each year just before Thanksgiving Break, I set up our genre trees. I have added a new tree each year since we genre-fied in 2011. This year’s tree is purple to represent our High Fantasy section. So pretty!

The top of the tree is adorned with a large purple dragon foot from my son’s Skylanders Halloween costume. Each of the paper chain links has a title from a book in our High Fantasy genre section, all in different purple fonts. The ornaments include a homemade wand and two homemade wizard caps. I am planning to dig in my kids’ toybox this weekend to see if I can find some other fantasy-related ornaments. The presents under the tree are books from the High Fantasy genre section.


Our other two genre trees are the Romance/Chick Lit tree (pink) and the Realistic Fiction tree (blue)–Click this link for detailed photos of the pink and blue trees. All three trees are up and decorated in the library (we introduce a new one each year, but all of them are up at the same time). The colors for all trees reflect the color-coded label on the books in their respective genre sections.

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