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How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013

How to Create a “Culture of Reading” | AASL 2013 | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
How do you get tweens and teens to be interested (and stay interested) in reading?
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I buy picture books whenever I have extra money. They're propped up on the windows behind my desk, and kids love to grab them and read on the floor.  Whatever works!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 25, 2013 3:07 PM

Lots of great ideas here! 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 25, 2013 4:36 PM

Awesome thoughts on creating reading events in your learning commons.

Elena Orlova's curator insight, December 9, 2013 4:26 AM

Как создать культуру чтения?

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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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

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 6:25 PM

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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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 Reilley 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
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

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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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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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.
Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Not news to some of us, but always good to see school libraries in the news.

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Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 6:25 PM

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
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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 Reilley 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 Reilley Clark's insight:

Great summary written by a great librarian, of an ISTE presentation by another great librarian! 

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