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The Joy of Reading

The Joy of Reading | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Just fun stuff about how much fun it is to read.
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Oh, my!  I could spend hours browsing here!  Great stuff for displays.

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Farm At Weathers Creek's curator insight, April 10, 2013 9:32 PM

and others who believe in lifelong learning.

Sharing the awesomeness of school librarians and library staff
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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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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!!
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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 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. 

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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 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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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
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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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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.

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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!

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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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Low Tech, High Gains: Karyn Peterson on Starting a Makerspace

Low Tech, High Gains: Karyn Peterson on Starting a Makerspace | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Karyn Peterson gives a great perspective on the maker space movement in this School Library Journal article. Librarians in a rush to jump into "Makerspaces" might want to take a breath and look at the activities that already take place in the library. Sure, we'd all love to have 3D printers and robotics, but for many school librarians, that's just not financially feasible.

So, what about some low tech activities that can easily be rebranded? Instead of an arts and crafts program after schoo...
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If I have time (ha!) this week, I'd like to float the idea of the genealogy project during Back to School nights.

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Elementary Library Centers

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Found Friday library centers ideas
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There are some great ideas here if your library centers are getting stale (or if you don't have any, and students are getting cranky about it!)

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 21, 2014 6:48 AM

Some very good ideas to use in school libraries. 

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How To Convert Prezi To YouTube Videos

How To Convert Prezi To YouTube Videos | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Anyone who has used the Prezi platform would know that creating a Prezi and uploading it to Prezi.com is easy enough, however when it comes to converting it to a YouTube video, there seems to be no native method of doing so...

Via Baiba Svenca
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Clear directions for converting Prezis into videos for the flipped library.  (typos in the demo Prezi, though!)

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, June 22, 2014 4:34 AM

How To Convert Prezi To TyouTube Videos

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, June 26, 2014 7:27 PM

Prezi makes wonderful slideshows. Converting them to video is explained here. 

Jorge Leal's curator insight, June 28, 2014 10:44 AM

yeah

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Middle School Student-Parent Book Club - A Recipe for Success by Ann Hagedorn

Middle School Student-Parent Book Club - A Recipe for Success by Ann Hagedorn | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Ann Hagedorn writes: "When you say parents, middle school students, books, and reading some believe that it equals a recipe for disaster. Well, a few years ago a co-worker and I decided to try out this recipe- we created what we called a parent-child book club (still hate the name, but we couldn’t come up with anything better)."

Mary Clark's insight:

I've thought about doing this for years, since parents seem to be reading so many young adult books now. I doubt I'll have time, but thought I'd share this for anyone more ambitious than I.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 25, 2014 1:19 PM

Love this idea! 

GwynethJones's curator insight, June 27, 2014 8:46 AM

I feel the same way, Mary! But it's brilliant!

Mark Hoffman's curator insight, June 27, 2014 11:08 AM

Great idea.

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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Luba Vangelova writes:  "At a time when public libraries are starting to offer everything from community gardening plots to opportunities to check out humans for conversations, some school libraries are similarly re-evaluating their roles and expanding their offerings."

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OK, this inspired me to keep weeding, so I can free up some floor space for our creativity area.

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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 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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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 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! 

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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.

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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, Today, 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.
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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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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
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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.

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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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8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom

8 Tips and Tricks to Redesign Your Classroom | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
David Bill, who's spent the past three years helping teachers redesign classroom spaces, offers eight tips and tricks to remake your room.
Mary Clark's insight:

Lots of great ideas here for switching up your library, too! I have some construction work pending that will change the entrance to my library, and require some redesign of our computer area. I planned on involving my library aides in this, but I will use some of David Bill's ideas to reach out to more of our users.

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Fight the "Zombie Librarians!"

Fight the "Zombie Librarians!" | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Jennifer LaGarde's sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she'd once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”
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Great summary written by a great librarian, of an ISTE presentation by another great librarian! 

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5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports

5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Richard Byrne writes: " Book trailers are short videos designed to spark a viewer's interest in a book. Having students create book trailers is an excellent alternative to traditional book report projects."

Mary Clark's insight:

Student-created book trailers are a big goal of mine for the upcoming school year.  And here's a more recent post of Richard's which suggests a collaborative space to collect book trailers:   http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/06/why-book-trailers-are-great.html#.U62JH_ldWSo

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 4, 2014 7:58 AM

Great idea to share your ideas about books you have enjoyed.

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For Your ‘Global Awareness Toolbox’: Ways to Engage Your Students in Global Thinking

For Your ‘Global Awareness Toolbox’: Ways to Engage Your Students in Global Thinking | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Lauren McBride writes: "These are just some tools for your global awareness toolbox. By providing our students with opportunities to help combat the global issue of unequal access to education for girls, our students will in turn create authentic, global learning experiences and develop the skills of informed, productive citizens, who can think critically, draw conclusions and take action in a productive, meaningful way. We can change the world, one library at a time."

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Good examples of how to create a global awareness campaign in your school  library. 

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The Daring Librarian: Vine Video Summer Book Trailers

The Daring Librarian: Vine Video Summer Book Trailers | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Gwyneth Jones writes: "Every year I get excited to share with my kiddos our district Summer Reading List and to try and generate new ways to catch their interest in reading over the break.
This year we decided to create video book trailers using the Vine App! Six second videos that loop with sound. No editing needed, just creativity! "

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Plenty of tips and instruction from The Daring Librarian on promoting that summer reading list.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 17, 2014 10:14 PM

Promoting summer reading using Vine