Thursday, March 21, 2013

March 21, 2013

Every Other Thursday, you’ll get this short, fun, relevant newsletter.  It will contain a quote or smile about the library and those who love it, an idea you can use to promote your library or reading in general, a Common Core implementation idea and occasionally a shameless plug for the programs I offer.  Enjoy! 

If you have missed any previous EOT issues, you can read them all at

Library Quote/Smile

“The best of my education has come from the public library... my tuition fee is a bus fare and once in a while, five cents a day for an overdue book. You don't need to know very much to start with, if you know the way to the library.”

Lesley Conger, children’s author

A fun thing I just HAD to share! - This made me laugh out loud!

Promote (From the “Promoting Reading” Section of 45 Ideas in 45 Minutes)

#18 - Ask the local high school video department teacher to assign booktalks or reading promotion as a video assignment. Got an idea for a great video to promote your reading emphasis or special event? You’ve got trained, creative, enthusiastic and equipped high school students who can help. You’ve got classes that need assignments. You need to promote reading and resources.  A perfect storm!

One of my elementary school clients in Alabama convinced the video technology teacher to assign 90 second booktalks as a project and the results were terrific!

Common Core Connection

If you haven’t discovered yet as a resource for common core and library skills teaching ideas, go NOW and get started.  I thought Pinterest was just for sharing recipes and funny stuff, but my wife Linda (an elementary school media specialist) has found dozens of great resources to help her get her students ready for the CRCT, connect literature to the standards and lots more.  Media specialists are generous, sharing, smart people and Pinterest will allow you to connect with colleagues all over the country. 

Not only that - you can find a GREAT recipe for Reese’s Cup brownies!

Shameless Plug

There’s still time to schedule the CRCT Prep Rally, “We Can Do This!” for your students.  We discuss test taking strategies, the importance of healthy habits, and over practice questions in a fun memorable format.  Go to and scroll down the page to find out more!

Let me know how I can help!

Encouraging kids to read, I am
Tommy Johns
Educational Entertainment Specialist
Call (770) 640-6509 or Toll Free at (866) 490-READ


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