September 19, 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 a shameless plug for the programs I offer. Enjoy!
In this issue:
- Quotes about busting library and librarian stereotypes
- Using the school news to promote reading
- Common Core Lesson Plans for the NY Times Ed team
- I’ll see you in Hinesville and Macon!
Library Quote/Smile – Stereotypes Broken!
"It's funny that we think of libraries as quiet demure places where we are shushed by dusty, bun-balancing, bespectacled women. The truth is libraries are raucous clubhouses for free speech, controversy and community. Librarians have stood up to the Patriot Act, sat down with noisy toddlers and reached out to illiterate adults. Libraries can never be shushed."
-- Comedian and author Paula Poundstone
National spokesperson for Friends of Libraries U.S.A.
"As a general rule, librarians are a kick in the pants socially, often full of good humor, progressive, and naturally, well read. They tend to be generalists who know so much about so many things that they are quite the opposite of the boring old poops they have been made out to be. Most of them are full of life, some even full of the devil."
Bill Hall, editorial page editor, Lewiston (Idaho) Tribune
Promote (From the “Promoting the Library and Its Value to the School” Section of 45 Ideas in 45 Minutes)
2. Use the news as a propaganda tool. Many of you are in charge of the morning news at your school every day. Even if you are not, you can use the news to promote reading! Film students and teachers sharing book talks, do genre overviews, show off new books the media center has added, recruit volunteers, reward readers, offer search tips or even do training snippets to increase media center usage and awareness. You might as well use it to promote YOUR agenda. And who can argue with promoting reading?
Common Core Connection
Over the last several days, I have enjoyed reading some of the amazing CCS information available from the education team at the NY Times. Wow! There are lesson plans, ideas for standard alignment, defense of the Common Core and so much more, and there is helpful information for every grade from K to 12th. Forward this link:
to your teachers and encourage them to scan the page for ideas. I think you will find one more way that you can become the school’s curriculum super hero!
There are two great professional learning opportunities (and a chance to hang out with other cool media specialists!) coming up soon and I will be at both of them!
The Liberty County Media and Technology Expo is Friday, September 27th in Hinesville, GA, and I will be leading one of the sessions, “Becoming Indispensable - Convincing the rest of the world that a well stocked media center and a well trained media staff are essential for student success. It’s free and is a great opportunity for idea sharing and training. Find out more at http://www.mediamatterslcss.blogspot.com/.
I will be at COMO (in Macon, October 10-11) in the exhibitor hall, teaming up with Ryan Jett of Bound to Stay Bound. We will be giving away a half day of assemblies and a library program. Stop by and register to win!
I know I have readers of EOT who are in other states. If you’d like to have me come to your area to do teacher training, let me know!
Let me know how I can help! See you in two weeks!
Encouraging kids to read, I am
Educational Entertainment Specialist
Call (770) 640-6509 or Toll Free at (866) 490-READ
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