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Bookish Pumpkins :: Part One

Bookish Pumpkins :: Part One | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Whether it's for your own pleasure or for a fun family activity, there are loads of creative ways to make Halloween bookish.
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Library Makers

Library Makers | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

A blog of maker projects suitable for your library!  I found this via the Library as Incubator blog, which is well worth following.

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Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 6:57 PM

Blog of maker ideas.

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Makerspaces in the Media Center

Makerspaces in the Media Center | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Karen Van Vliet writes: "A makerspace should be a dynamic space that allows for self expression, exploration, discovery, creativity, inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving."

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A nice overview to share with administration if they need some convincing. Our makerspace has come together quickly, with a mix of donated and new materials, thanks to a Donors Choose grant. We were able to weed enough books to clear a double-sided bookcase for all the makerspace supplies. We also mounted the bookcase on wheels, so albeit a bit unwieldy, it can be moved if needed.

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The Adventures of Library Girl: An Open Letter To Principals (Before You Hire A New School Librarian)

The Adventures of Library Girl: An Open Letter To Principals (Before You Hire A New School Librarian) | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Jennnifer Largarde writes: "

  1. Look for someone who loves children more than books.  Books are awesome. And your new librarians should love them. But they should love children more.  Look for passion when you talk to them about their job, but make sure that passion revolves around what makes being a school librarian the best job in the world: the opportunity to match kids with the first book to change their lives. "
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Jennifer gives awesome advice that should be shared with every administrator in your district! I am so thankful that she emphasizes finding the right person, not the right degree. If our district paid more for "real" librarians, I'd enroll in an MLIS program tomorrow. 


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Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Rachel Kramer Bussel writes: "Colleen Graves, a teacher-librarian at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Tex., made a bookface display using photos from other libraries along with her own students’ images to encourage participation (with the lure of free books for the most Instagram likes). She also posts Vine videos of new books, prompting some students to ask for those titles."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

After yesterdays "misspeak" by the ALA Washington spokeswoman, it was great to see an article--in my favorite newspaper, no less--that celebrated a library trend. And to see a middle school librarian quoted really warmed my heart. We have GOT to try this!

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, May 3, 4:05 PM

Definitely savings this for a "back-to-school" Instagram project!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, May 3, 7:52 PM

Got to try this. What fun!

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What Exactly Is a Library?

What Exactly Is a Library? | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Terry Heick writes: "Thinking in words, writing in books -- if we changed how we perceive, record, and aggregate information, how would our libraries change?"

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I think some of what Terry suggests already is happening in the library--our catalog system does show suggested books, and clearly is searchable. But I love articles that force me to think about libraries in a different way, and this one did that.

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Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, April 13, 2:28 PM

A question for our times

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New type of school library a hub for students, teachers

New type of school library a hub for students, teachers | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Paul Schott writes: ""We are hoping that this learning commons model really becomes the way we do the library media program," said Fran Kompar, the district's K-12 coordinator of library media services. "It is imperative that the library media specialist has time with the kids and teachers in order to make that change."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Great coverage of an evolving library. I love how the article highlights how the changes were led by the school librarian, Jeannine Madoff.

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Magazine Silhouettes

Magazine Silhouettes | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
How easy is this? The hardest part would be drawing the silhouette, but you could always trace! These would be cute for a variety of holidays--make stars, hearts,etc. I want one of my corgi!!
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

We're going to make one of these for our foyer, using our school mascot. Students can work on it during lunch, so it will be crowd-created art!

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Pickmeg's curator insight, February 20, 12:22 PM

Such a fun idea!

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Beth Holland writes:  "When every student has the potential to carry a global library on the device in his or her pocket, the role of physical libraries may become even more important, not just a place to house resources, but one in which to create meaning from them. (Emphasis added.)

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Imagine the spaces we could design if the focus were on creating meaning! I am going to work this into my 60 second pitch for school libraries. 

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, February 11, 11:06 AM

At one of our recent library advisory committee meetings, we discussed the changing role of the library.  This is a very well written article that discusses some of the ideas that were shared by those in attendance. 

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 6:24 PM

Program Management.

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Program Management.

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Free PD for TLs (an infographic) from Joyce Valenza

Free PD for TLs (an infographic) from Joyce Valenza | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Joyce Valenza writes: "

There’s a whole lot of learning going on out there, but I’ve learned that it’s not all that easy to find.

For the last few years I’ve tried to keep up with it myself and help my students and colleagues keep up as well.  I decided it was time to pull it all together. Here’s a first go at an infographic collecting some of the major professional learning opportunities out there for school librarians."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

What a great resource! I watch a lot of edweb.net webinars (usually after they've been recorded, as they usually air while I'm at work) but clearly there's a lot more I could be exploring. 

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Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 6:27 PM

Resources supporting learning, teaching, and literacy.

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Inspirational school libraries from around the world

Inspirational school libraries from around the world | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
From a story garden in Cornwall to hexagonal towers in Los Angeles, we look at inventive spaces designed to get children excited about books
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I covet the London bus library, but I'd settle for the bean bag reading nook, complete with the perfect C.S. Lewis quote! Thanks to Patricia Sarles for sharing this on LM-NET!

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, January 18, 3:12 PM

Great inspiration for library renovations/reinventions

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Program Management.

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Program Management.

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Freer Sackler Gallery Images Available for Download

Freer Sackler Gallery Images Available for Download | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

" With more than 40,000 works being made available for high-resolution download—expanding regularly with our new acquisitions—you can explore the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art from anywhere in the world, whenever you like. Images can be used for all non-commercial purposes, from desktop wallpapers to artistic gifts for family and friends.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Our middle school history teachers will love this, as it has something for each grade. Images are free to use or modify for non-commercial uses. Be sure to add this to your list of resources for students! I've put it on my library homepage Symbaloo: https://www.symbaloo.com/mix/semslibrary

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It's That Time of Year! Paper Crafts in the Library

It's That Time of Year! Paper Crafts in the Library | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

We had so much fun with this last year, and now I have a part-time aide and FIVE student aides to help! We have three 49 minute lunch periods this year, so I need all the help I can get:) First lunch is all 6th graders, and they are the most enthusiastic crafters.  They've already filled some windows with snowflakes, and promise me many more tomorrow now that they have the hang of it.  


This is such a great project for this time of year. We play relaxing music, students mix at different tables to learn from others how to make new things, and they're engaged in making!

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

We were so lucky to get lots of donated scrapbooking material! I have several enthusiastic crafters that are teaching others now.

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Fiction Genres - Google Slides

Fiction Genres - Google Slides | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

I had  to make a quick presentation for 6th graders to introduce them to searching by genre, in an un-genrefied library! 

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Feel free to use, share, or modify! 

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The Art of Weeding | Collection Management

The Art of Weeding | Collection Management | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Ian Chant writes: "There’s an uncomfortable truth about library stacks that most librarians know but many don’t like to admit: those shelves hold a lot of junk that has to make way for the new titles getting published every day."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I love the idea of "selecting for the book sale"! Also, great ideas on repurposing weeded books. We've used them in our December craft days for black-out poems, Christmas trees, etc., but the planters and picture frames are new to me. 


Weeding gradually through the year has always been my policy, since I don't have a big chunk of time to devote to weeding. I'm always glad to see my instincts backed up by librarians!

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Library Commons-a Peek at the Future

Library Commons-a Peek at the Future | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Claudette Riley writes: "

One look around the wide open room on the south side of Carver Middle School, which overlooks walking trails, and it becomes clear: This is not your father's school library.

It is, however, a peek at what's to come.

At Carver, the library is called a "learning commons." There are brightly colored walls (purple signifies collaborative space); small group work space with trendy furniture; tables with rocking chairs; rows of desktop computers; and a nook filled with games that is in the process of being transformed into a "maker" or creative play space."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I love the quote toward the end of this article from school board member Annie Busch, a former public library administrator: '"Libraries are not just a little place with walls around it, where you are coming in and getting a book," Busch said. "We need to change our mindsets about what happens in a library." ' It's wonderful to see a school district that really gets libraries!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 26, 11:49 AM

I love the quote toward the end of this article from school board member Annie Busch, a former public library administrator: '"Libraries are not just a little place with walls around it, where you are coming in and getting a book," Busch said. "We need to change our mindsets about what happens in a library." ' It's wonderful to see a school district that really gets libraries!

Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 6:58 PM

Changing the mindset

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5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace

5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Karen Jensen writes: "One of the things my teens like to do best in my MakerSpace is to make mini movies, so I’ve been working on upping our game and finding new tools to learn new skills. Below are 5 of the various resources, apps and tools I recommend for making a variety of types of short films with tweens and teens in a MakerSpace."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This is something I need to focus on this summer! I spent a frustrating weekend playing with iMovie and WeVideo, and couldn't get either to work the way I wanted. I'm making my own 23 Things for summer, so I can help students with movies next  year.

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Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 6:59 PM

Resource for PSA announcement lesson

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10 poems to read during National Poetry Month

10 poems to read during National Poetry Month | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Laura McClure writes: "In honor of National Poetry Month, TED-Ed asked writing teachers at the San Francisco Writers Grotto to recommend their favorite poems worth sharing. Below, a short poetry reading list for TED-Ed learners of all ages."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I'll be using this at lunch. We're going to start showing TED-Ed videos at lunch to introduce students to the TED-Ed club we'll be starting next school year.

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Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools

Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

David Cohen writes: "While it's clear that libraries and librarians have a significantly positive impact on students and schools, we still have to fight to keep these vital resources in our schools and municipalities."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

A great article to share with district officials and administrators!

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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, April 8, 4:52 PM

This is an excellent article on why school libraries are still important to the educational process.

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 8, 5:03 PM

Happy National School Library month!

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We Need Libraries As Much As Maker Spaces | John Spencer

We Need Libraries As Much As Maker Spaces | John Spencer | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

John Spencer writes: "My fear is that when we turn libraries into maker spaces we send the message that reading isn't relevant; that it's boring, that it's a chore. We quit treating it like a candy store and start acting like it's the salad line when soft serve ice cream is just around the corner. 

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This is a thoughtful piece about what we might be giving up with the rush to makerspace our libraries. My workroom is now a reading room, since there are several students who crave a quiet place to read. Let's not forget the needs of all our students!

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Janika Puolitaival's curator insight, March 5, 8:22 AM

Point: Library is more than space

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Research Bulletin Board Ideas

Research Bulletin Board Ideas | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Paige Jaeger writes: "PLEASE, PLEASE  remember - Interactive bulletin boards are more engaging for students.  90% of the bulletin boards I see are "teacher delivery" of facts.   Your question should be:  How can I create a bulletin board where student's contribute to the content?  So these ideas reflect this premise.  These are ideas where the kids contribute content...thereby transferring ownership and fostering engagement." 

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Some great and easy to implement ideas here. Teachers will love seeing these, as they support critical thinking, too!

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The Daring Librarian: A #StoryIn140: A Literary Challenge

The Daring Librarian: A #StoryIn140: A Literary Challenge | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Gwyneth Jones writes: "I really can't remember how I stumbled across this idea of writing super short Tweet size stories.  I certainly didn't originate it - yet when I searched the hashtag I found an assortment of fits and starts with a challenge to write a short story in the form of a Tweet - and I was intrigued! 

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Oooh, how did I miss this? I'm glad I caught a tweet about it, because I am stealing it to add to our bookmark challenge! It certainly will improve the look of our bookmarks.

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, February 4, 2:14 PM

Can you write a story in 140 characters? Interesting idea.

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Creating Book Trailers

Creating Book Trailers | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Sometimes it's the last minute ideas that work the best! I had a teacher ask me to present something about creating book trailers to his students. I threw this Slides presentation together, added some sample Powtoons I'd made last week, and they loved it.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

We'll be doing a book trailer contest later this year, so I'll be sharing this often!

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Character Minutes's curator insight, January 22, 11:50 AM

Great way to promote character trait "creative" as a conclusion to reading the book.

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, January 27, 7:49 PM

Great slides to start a convo about book trailers. 

Huish School Library's curator insight, March 2, 11:17 AM

Definitely one to try.

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Crumbles make announcements fun!

Crumbles make announcements fun! | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Crumbles are kinda like reaction GIFs with a way bigger vocabulary... and all you have to do to make one is type.
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I've seen this shared multiple times already, but wanted to save it here. Hopefully they will keep adding clips so I can use it to spice up my library announcements. Right now, it would lose appeal as there are a limited number of clips per word. Arthur can't possibly be the only source of the word "library!"

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Top 10 Edtech Stories of 2014: No. 1 - Libraries, Reinvented

Top 10 Edtech Stories of 2014: No. 1 - Libraries, Reinvented | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
School libraries have evolved from quiet places to read books into bustling centers of collaboration, learning, and research.
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Not news to some of us, but always good to see school libraries in the news.

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Program Management.

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Four ways to advocate for school libraries | eSchool News |

Four ways to advocate for school libraries | eSchool News | | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
School libraries are centers of learning--but librarians have to demonstrate their importance when it comes to student learning.

Via Karen Bonanno, GwynethJones
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Michelle Luhtala provides an excellent summary of areas we can focus on to build support for fully staffed, funded and open school libraries. As Kid President would say, "Let's get out there!"

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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 26, 2014 11:57 AM

I'm ALL about advocacy, baby!

Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 27, 2014 6:58 AM

Simple article but useful.

Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 7:01 PM

Advocacy!

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Raising a Reader: Tips for Parents

Raising a Reader: Tips for Parents | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Help your child become a
confident and enthusiastic reader
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A collection of my tips for parents. Feel free to use and share!

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