THANKSGIVING TRIVIA GAME: Looking for zero-prep Thanksgiving activities for middle school? This trivia game helps keep your students learning and engaged, even in the days before a holiday break. It’s zero-prep for you, and text and images are 99% editable.

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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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YA Books for Veterans Day – Downloadable Booktalk Presentation

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, so I am definitely getting this YA Books for Veterans Day booktalk presentation out a bit late. Or maybe it’s just super-early for next Veterans Day!

The link below is for Google Slides, but if you prefer PowerPoint, you can find the PPT version of this Books for Veterans Day presentation in my Free Resource Library (subscribe to get the password via email).


The slideshow is editable in Google Slides. Right now, this one is 100% YA books, but I may add some middle grade and picture books to it soon (before next Veterans Day?). Please feel free to make a copy and edit it for your library as you wish.

This YA Books for Veterans Day slideshow is a ready-to-go passive booktalk for your library! You can play the slides on a timed loop in the library or hallway.

To download the booktalk presentation, click the link underneath the slideshow below. Click “make a copy” when the message pops up to make a copy in your Google Drive. You can then edit it to include books from your school library.

I included some fantastic titles below, many of which have starred professional reviews. Some have also won book awards, so it can also make a great collection development tool.


Click here to make a copy of this presentation on your own Google Drive.

Click here to download the PPT version in my Free Resource Library. (Subscribe to get the password via email).



Looking library lessons to go with it? The slideshow of books for Veterans Day will easily integrate with the library lessons below! Simply copy the slides you want to add and sprinkle them throughout the Storytime or Digital Bulletin Board.

This Veterans Day Digital Bulletin Board is a scrolling slideshow for Grades 7+. Scroll on a loop in the library, hallways, or classroom.    This Veterans Day Library Lesson is for elementary librarians serving Grades K-5. Perfect for Specials rotation librarians!

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