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.


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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First Week Activity: Currently Reading Magnetic Locker Tags

Great for the first week of middle school! Currently Reading Locker Tags--free download...

Looking for a fun reading-related activity for the first week of school? Check out these cute locker signs--just attach a magnet to the back, and voila!Looking for a fun reading-related activity for the first week of school? Check out these cute locker signs--just attach a magnet to the back, and voila!

I got some help with this idea from my son, who starts middle school as a Year7 (6th grade) student next week. I’m so excited that he’ll finally be in my school! He can help in the library, and we can eat lunch together, and he can tell all his friends how awesome our library is…

Well…that’s my excitement anyway. His is a bit different. When I’ve asked him what he is most excited about with starting middle school, he gave the answer I have heard for years from new sixth graders.

His first locker. (not his mom’s awesome librarian-ness)

So I decided to come up with a first-week library activity that involves sixth grade lockers. My son liked the idea of doing these in our first library lesson, and he even advised me on the designs. Except for the flower one, which was quickly dismissed as “too girly.”

So if you are looking for an easy first-week activity, this one has the approval of my soon-to-be Sixth Grader. Such a fun way to promote literacy on Back-To-School Night!

Directions: Print, color, laminate. Attach velcro or magnetic tape to the back. Students use wet-erase markers to write their book titles. Display on lockers, student desks, walls, or bulletin boards.

Don’t forget to give them to your teachers and staff to post outside their doors!

The images below are JPG images. You should be able to print directly from this page, but you may lose clarity/sharpness. You can download the PDFs for free at my Teachers Pay Teachers store.

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