Thursday, October 20, 2016

Music in the Library? Are you kidding me?

Every 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, and an occasional shameless plug for the programs I offer. Enjoy! 

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In this issue:
Music in the Library!
Sharpen the Saw!
What Erin Said!

Music in the Library!

I have long been a fan of creative media specialists (like you!) who shatter the stereotypes and embrace the different ways the school library can change lives. One of those creative colleagues is Shannon Miller, who is hosting a free webinar next week on using music in the library. The webinar is next Monday at 3:00 CDST, but if you register for it and can’t attend, it will be available to you online afterwards. You can download it and listen to it as you drive to school or watch it during your kids’ dance practice while the other parents are looking at their Facebook feeds. Register and get the details HERE.

Speaking of Shannon, her blog is AMAZING! This week she tells you how to put over 15,000 beautiful, high-quality and popular books into the hands of your students today FOR FREE! Click HERE to find out how!


“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfold world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.”
Anne Lamott, author

Encouraging reading – from 45 Ideas in 45 Minutes – Sharpen the Saw

We continue this week with another way to “sharpen the saw.”

44. Attend GaETC, regional training events, online webinars and see what your regional RESA (in GA) or ASLA District (in AL) offers. Or invite a speaker to come to your school district on the next teacher training day to speak just to media specialists. I have a number of topics I have presented at local and large events, and I would LOVE to come see you! Check out for a list of topics!

Getting out of the media center (or completely out of the school!), even for an afternoon can be SO valuable.

Here’s what they are saying about Tommy Johns Presents!

“This is a belated “thank you” to let you know how much I appreciated and enjoyed your visit to Owens Elementary in March. As I reflect on the past school year, your visit stands out as one of the most entertaining and rewarding experiences for the students at Owens. I have shared your information with others and look forward to future visits!”
Erin Elkins, Media Specialist, Owens ES, Athens, AL

Let me know how I can help! See you next week!

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

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