New school librarian? Help is here!
Truly, library school doesn’t teach you about 95% of what you need to know as a school librarian. So, I’ve decided to dedicate a section of this blog to all the new librarians out there. Please know that the struggle is real. It isn’t you; it’s all of us. We’ve all been there, and we’re here to help.
I’ve included tons of information for school librarians–both newbies and pros–below. But before you read any of that, I recommend new librarians start with this post first. It’s my original new school librarian post, and though I wrote it in 2016, it still rings true for Back-to-School 2020, even with all the COVID-19 mess.
Monthly Library Challenges
Welcome to January! Since I started teaching in 2001, I have always had a name for the first day back to school after Christmas break. It’s really a terrible name,
One of my favorite back-to-school activities is surveying my students about their reading interests, goals, wants, and needs. Though I mostly see the same students from year to year, trends
For librarians and elementary schools, Reading Bingo isn’t a new idea. I’ve seen countless printable Reading Bingo cards online, both free and for sale. When I was at the elementary
This post about Digital Library Bulletin Boards was originally published in 2015. Back then, I called them “Scrolling PowerPoints.” I know the sample slides are outdated, and they definitely do
Articles for New Librarians
I’ve talked a lot in this series about my eighth graders and how they came roaring down the hall and into the library like a horde of wild animals. On
Happy B2S! For the past three years, all my grade 6-12 students have eaten lunch at the same time. They have 50-minutes for lunch, and the students have lots of
“It’s not about the money money money We don’t need your money money money” –“Price Tag” by Jessie J Kameron has an overdue fine of 85 cents. Kameron can’t checkout
Let’s see if this sounds familiar… It’s nearly Christmas break, and you are on your last leg. There simply isn’t enough coffee in the world to keep you going every
I am so excited to share this idea today! If you are looking to spice up your library lesson routine, this idea is a must-try! It will work with upper-elementary,
Ah, the bane of my existence. Computer lab and trolley booking. I’ve been in charge of these in my last two schools, and while both have a big advantages for
As part of my 2016 Graphic Novel Challenge , I recently read and reviewed my first Pokemon book. I did this partly because my son loves Pokemon and partly because
Looking to up-your booktalking game? Here are 31 tips and 10 Don’ts that will help make your booktalks fabulous! I don’t recommend trying to implement a lot of them at once. Pick one or two and give them a try this week!
It seems my Thursday posts have morphed into a sort of “how-to” section for newer school librarians. Last week’s post was about how to speed-up the book shelving process. This
Because sometimes, I just get annoyed with things.
Dear publishers, We need to talk. First of all, I love you. You help put the words and ideas of thousands of authors right into my hands. Books have enriched