Blog Posts by Jeannie.Standal

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School Library Access Mini-Grants Application Deadline is Approaching

Our youngest students need lots of books in their school libraries to check out and take home.  School library books allow young students to practice their newly acquired reading skills and they provide an opportunity for families to read together.  Developing a collection for pre-k, kindergarteners and 1st graders can be difficult and expensive, but $5,000 might help!

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Who's Up for a Challenge?

Happy New Year to all!  Whether it is super snowy, super cold, or both in your neck of the woods, January is a great time for curling up with a good book for educators and students alike. Looking for ideas for titles or themes to support your student and staff reading habits? Maybe a reading challenge would fit the bill!

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ESSA and the School Library

On December 15, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which will replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB) effective July 1, 2017. Why is this a big deal for school libraries? Because it is the first time in years that school libraries and school librarians have been mentioned in education legislation.  In ESSA they are mentioned a number of times.

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Summer Reading Project: Find Your Blog

Blogs are plentiful, free, and when you find a few that speak to you, never-ending sources for ideas, information, and opinion. If the blogger is also a tweeter, you might add a new member to your professional network, too. A few blogs have been mentioned and recommended here, and there are so many, it can be overwhelming.

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School Library Month, Poetry Month and so much more in April!

April is National Poetry Month! And it is National School Library Month! And National Humor Month!

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Happy New Year & Penciling In!

Happy New Year!  Hope the break was fun and restful, and school librarians everywhere are supercharged and ready to take on 2nd semester! Now that we've turned the calendar to 2016, perhaps there are a few dates you'd like to save.

July 19-21, 2016:

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Librarian Superheroes Use Journal Alerts!

It is a little known fact that Barbara Gordon, a.k.a. Batgirl, started her career as a librarian. It's true! Librarians can become superheroes outside Gotham City, too, by providing the right resources and information at the right time. Journal alerts are a great tool for the school librian's utility belt to achieve superhero status at school!

Here is how it works:

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Got Plans the Week of Dec. 7th - 13th? Participate in the Largest Learning Event in History!

Register your Hour of Code event and learn to code with the likes of Minecraft, Star Wars, Frozen, Flappy Bird, and more - there is something for everyone and kids of all ages!  Plus, your event will be registered on the Global Map, and educators are eligible for prizes!

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PD and Jammies Can Happen at the Same Time - No Travel Required

Finding school library-specific professional development (PD) can be hard to manage. The big conferences and formal courses are expensive and most involve travel.  To further complicate the matter, getting time away from school, arranging a substitute (if that's an option), and myriad other obstacles make this best practice not practicable for many school librarians.