Thursday, April 16, 2015

April 16, 2015

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! 

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In this issue:
You Can Quote Me on That!
Here’s an idea!
Common Core Infographic
Shameless Plug – End of the Year and Post Planning Training Opportunities!

“You Can Quote Me On That!”
“We don’t need a list of rights and wrongs, tables of dos and don’ts: we need books, time, and silence. Thou shalt not is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time lasts forever.”
Philip Pullman

“Knowing you have something good to read before bed is among the most pleasurable of sensations.”
Vladimir Nabokov

Encouraging reading – from 45 Ideas in 45 Minutes
From the General Good Ideas section
31. Let the kids check in their books and place them on the appropriate shelving cart, in order. Doing so promotes/ties in with technology standards, teaches responsibility, and reinforces ABC order. I understand the hesitation many have about letting elementary age kids check OUT their books, but there are very few things that can go wrong with them checking them IN. After they check the books in, have them sort the books by type onto the shelving cart. This saves you time and teaches them library terms and skills. If you want, you can even insist that they shelve books on the cart in order to further teach library organization.

Common Core Infographic

Shameless Plug
Now is a great time to schedule your big reader reward celebration for the end of the year! Go to to look at pricing, shows offered and an up-to-date schedule!

Here’s what one of your colleagues has to say about the programs I offer:

“Your show (I Love to Read!) is AMAZING. The teachers are already asking when we can have you back. You were so easy to work with. And the silent dismissal was the best trick in the whole show”
Sharon Britt, Media Specialist, Hopkins Elementary, Lilburn, GA

Big News! I have already been booked to conduct Media Specialist training sessions for a couple of school systems for post planning. Want to have a great, relevant and FUN workshop? Check out for topics and give me a call today!

Let me know how I can help! See you in two weeks!

Encouraging kids to read, I am
Tommy Johns
Educational Entertainment Specialist

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