LIBRARY IDEA FOR SEPTEMBER:

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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THE MAID: Molly’s orderly life as a hotel maid is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what’s happening, Molly’s unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Sand That Funk Away: A Super-Cool Book Repair Trick

In my ten years as a librarian, I’ve repaired a LOT of books. Rubber bands, glue, tape, art erasers–these are a librarian’s best friends. But I have a parent to thank for showing me a new book repair trick. I figured if I never heard this tip in my 10 years as a librarian, it will be new to others as well.

All I did was use a fine-grained piece of sandpaper to sand-off the nastiness. In both cases, the pages of the book were okay, but the edges were disgusting. It did take a few minutes for each book (not as quick as I had hoped), but it really helped diminish the damage. AND I got a little arm-workout out of it also!

Behold the power of sandpaper!

The book: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
The Culprit: either Hot Cheetos or Takis crumbs in the bottom of a backpack

After:

The Book: Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck
The Culprits: A few pencils and at least one uncapped pen in the bottom of a backpack.

Before:

After:
How cool is that? Now, if I could just figure out a quick fix for this one:

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