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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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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 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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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 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 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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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...
Mary Clark's insight:

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

Elementary Library Centers | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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
Mary Clark's insight:

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."

Mary Clark's insight:

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

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Librarians – A Celebration by Justin Stygles

Librarians – A Celebration by Justin Stygles | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
My love of a library started at Doug Valley Elementary School in Colorado Springs, CO.  When the class went to the library, I felt safe. Accepted.  Maybe the smile librarians offered made the diffe...
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Because at this time of year, all librarians need a little reminder of why they do what they do!

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Grown-Up Craft Hour

Grown-Up Craft Hour | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Explore IArtLibraries's hand-picked collection of Pins about Grown-Up Craft Hour on Pinterest.

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Some ideas here will work with middle school makerspaces, too!

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TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Dear Media, Let me help you write that article on YA literature

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Dear Media, Let me help you write that article on YA literature | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Karen Jensen writes: "Recently, there have been a voluminous number of articles written about YA literature. And they are mostly wrong. So if you are a member of the press and given this assignment, I thought I would help you out a little.  But first, let me start by telling you why I am, in fact, qualified to help you out. Credentials are important, something these articles always seem to lack."

Mary Clark's insight:

Thank you, Karen, for summing it up!

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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 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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Mick Huiet's curator insight, January 19, 11:56 PM

Great visuals and links to creation sites.  Good for most ages intermediate and up!

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. 

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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 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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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 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.

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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.”
Mary Clark's insight:

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."

Mary Clark's insight:

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! "

Mary Clark's insight:

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

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Discarded to DiscARTed

Discarded to DiscARTed | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
A board of craft ideas and projects that use recycled or repurposed books! Brought to you by Shanneon Grant and Kellie Berg from the La Crosse Public Library in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Mary Clark's insight:

Another great craft board!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 25, 2014 9:59 AM

I LOVE to support ART and craftiness in our kiddos and our schools!

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Summer reading program promotes literacy, builds community

Summer reading program promotes literacy, builds community | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

"This summer a trio of Charlottesville City Schools educators will pedal around town delivering free books to students.

“It’s like an ice cream truck, but with books,” said Kellie Keyser, a 3rd grade teacher at Clark Elementary School."

Mary Clark's insight:

If only it were a little flatter around here!

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Eliterate Librarian: QR Code App Scavenger Hunt

Eliterate Librarian: QR Code App Scavenger Hunt | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Tamara Cox writes: "If you are looking for a way to expose teachers to lots of apps, this is a fun activity. I took our districts list of core apps (and several extras) and printed a sign with the app icon, brief description and a QR code that links to examples of the app being used in the classroom."

Mary Clark's insight:

Our teachers have been asking for more hands on staff development, and this would be a great way to get people exposed to several apps in a short time.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 3, 2014 11:38 AM

YAY! Another QR Code Scavenger hunt idea! Thanks Tamara & Mary!