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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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10 Ways to Feed Your Library Instagram

10 Ways to Feed Your Library Instagram | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

I wanted to share how we use Instagram, and I also am massively jealous of my daughter's blog writing in the BuzzFeed sort of format. I played with several things and finally just made a Google Site so I could upload the photos the way I wanted. 

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I hope you get some good tips here! And remember the advice from Gwyneth Jones about blogging: never apologize if you don't post on a regular basis! We're all doing the best we can in our libraries:)

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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 17, 2016 2:32 PM

This is the BEST Post!

I'm stealing & trying ALL these great ideas!

~G

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English Language Learners + Graphic Novels

English Language Learners + Graphic Novels | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Sara Stevenson writes: "These English language learners are an integral part of our library program. Their ELL teacher sends them to the library frequently, and they are avid readers of graphic novels. Graphic novels are perfect for English language learners because they are high interest, and the images can fill in, giving clues when they don’t know a word. Rather than stopping to look up the meanings of every few words, they can intuit meaning."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I have built my graphic novel collection with several grants, to support ELL as well as students in special education. It's essential that every student can find something to read from the school library!

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Confessions of a Librarian Who Does Everything Wrong | Knowledge Quest

Confessions of a Librarian Who Does Everything Wrong | Knowledge Quest | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Angie Miller writes: "The premise of a library lies at the intersection of truth and justice. It is the heart of the school where all are welcome and safe, where needs are met and potentials challenged."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Oh, preach it, Angie! I loved this post, mainly for affirming what I've been doing (and sometimes not doing) in my library. Thinking about your library as a student-centered space should drive all your decisions about what's essential. I bend many rules, but I'm confident that if they are decisions that benefit students, I'm doing my job!

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Middle School Summer Reading Bingo

Middle School Summer Reading Bingo | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Encourage summer reading with some of these suggestions! Feel free to make a copy and change the squares as needed. 

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I put this together to share with our incoming 6th graders. I'd love to get them reading over summer break, even if they're not on Instagram:) I know a lot of current 6th and 7th graders who will fill the card, possibly during their first week of vacation. 

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The Transforming Role of Librarians (and Libraries)

The Transforming Role of Librarians (and Libraries) | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Susan K.S. Grisby writes: "Personalized professional development in schools has been a rising trend for years, but what many schools don’t realize is that their greatest asset for professional development is already in their building. The librarian, to be exact. Librarians and media specialists are some of the most highly trained, highly versatile staff a school has at their disposal. The library is not just “the room where the books are,” but the entry point for new, innovative technologies, as well as the hub from which those new technologies are introduced to the entire school."

 

(Image: SEMS Library)

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I love Susan's insights here! Our libraries truly are the epicenter of our schools. If not, it's time to think about what you can do to change that. My favorite quote: "The key to a highly functioning library is the balance between print and digital, intimate and open, quiet and active, consumption and creation." That's a balancing act we deal with every day!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, May 25, 2:23 AM
It's great to read such straight forward words about how school librarians can support teaching and learning. I's not rocket science to use the resources you already have in school :)
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, May 25, 2:25 AM
An article full of suggestions on how you could and should be using your school librarian. Open your classroom doors and let them in. 
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Illustrating Library Usage

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"If you haven't had time to look up from the frenzy, the end of the year is HERE! And with the end of another academic year, often comes the annual gathering of stats. Jess Denke, Public Services Librarian at the Trexler Library at DeSales University, has created an infographic that really illustrates how her library was used."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This is such a great idea! I am seeing more history and science classes this year, so while my circulation numbers are down, the number of students doing research in the library has increased dramatically. If you're not already following, the Librarian Design Share blog is full of great tips! 

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Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, May 20, 12:20 PM
This is a great idea. 
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Coloring Pages for Your Library - Justcolor.net

Coloring Pages for Your Library - Justcolor.net | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Over 1300 free coloring pages!

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

It's time to print out coloring sheets for those students doing make-up testing in the library. Hate the month of testing, love to help students relax in the library!

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Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, May 20, 12:20 PM
Most adults and students love to color.  Try these.
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Selling Nonfiction with Student-Created Ads

Selling Nonfiction with Student-Created Ads | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Last week, a teacher asked me to help her students explore “our amazing nonfiction collection.” (Her words, really!) Students have always been reluctant browsers in our nonfiction section, even though we put our most enticing titles on display. With our construction project this year, it’s been even worse, as we weeded and condensed nonfiction from five to three rows and the new signage isn’t up yet. I thought about revising our speed dating lesson with all nonfiction categories. Then at lunch another teacher asked me to address persuasive techniques with her class. I recently found the Break Your Own News website and used that to introduce a website evaluation lesson. First flash of brilliance--I realized we could use the site to create book talkers for our nonfiction books! I quickly created a presentation about persuasive techniques in advertising, with videos for each technique.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Our 6th graders enjoyed this lesson. Now they're working on either argumentative essays or a propaganda project, so they are using the techniques learned in the library.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 20, 5:33 PM
A brilliant lesson to generatie interest in your non-fiction. 
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Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies

Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Nicole Davies writes: "Librarians are far more than stackers and catalogers. They are creative curators of their book collections. They review and renew their flocks of books, adjusting what they have to fit their readers, highlighting certain sections and topics to reflect the world. They are on hand to guide and encourage, to foster relationships between books and people. Subtly, quietly, inexorably, they weave individuals into a community. They make a library shimmer, as if the books were the scales of a dragon flexing as it folds and flies."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

If you ever feel what you do doesn't matter, pull out that one gorgeous paragraph by Nicola Davies and remember why you do this!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 5, 6:52 AM

"They are on hand to guide and encourage, to foster relationships between books and people. Subtly, quietly, inexorably, they weave individuals into a community. They make a library shimmer, as if the books were the scales of a dragon flexing as it folds and flies.""

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 6, 5:05 AM
Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone
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Zen and the Art of Librarian Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Librarian Maintenance | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Some tips on how I plan on hitting reset midway through the school year. None of them involve sneaking kittens into the library!

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Please share your tips, or why you don't need any. I promise not to be jealous. 

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Ambient Mixer: Listen and create ambient sounds easily

Ambient Mixer: Listen and create ambient sounds easily | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

From the website: Listen online to relaxing sound atmospheres, ambient music or chilling sound effects. You can even create and mix your own moods, all for free.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

While the free version limits you to one download a month, I think this would be a fun book project. Students can create a sound track for a book they've read, using sounds from FreeSound or remixing tracks they find on Ambient Mixer. Or, just use one of the tracks to play in the library--the Hogwarts library would certainly encourage reading!

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Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016 - Worlds of Learning

Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016 - Worlds of Learning | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
With the success of last year’s post on the Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015, we are excited to announce this year’s list. We have spent the year scouring maker products to build this list. Prior to writing this post, we invited our PLN to contribute to a Padlet that highlighted some of their favorites.  Based …
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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, December 6, 2016 8:04 AM
Anytime we can share what we have learned with each other about making in our libraries, the better!
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Novel Engineering

Novel Engineering | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

From the website: "Inspired by kids and grounded in research, Novel Engineering is an innovative approach to integrate engineering and literacy in elementary and middle school.

Students use existing classroom literature - stories, novels, and expository texts - as the basis for engineering design challenges that help them identify problems, design realistic solutions, and engage in the Engineering Design Process while reinforcing their literacy skills.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This was brought to my attention by Debra Mayer on LM_NET. What a great way to collaborate with ELA teachers! You bring the research and design space and skills for a novel students are reading in class. I'll be sharing this with our ELA team today!

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Action Book Club

Action Book Club | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

From the Little Free Library website: 

 

We believe that books can inspire you to make the world a better place—starting in your own neighborhood!

 

In a new twist on the traditional book club, Little Free Library’s Action Book Club™ invites participants to read books on timely topics, engage in lively discussions, and take part in meaningful—and fun—group service projects to benefit their communities. This is reading and social engagement at its best.

 

When Action Book Club members share their experiences online, they help start a ripple effect of positive activity across the country and around the world.

 

The Action Book Club’s current theme is Many Voices, which celebrates diversity, our differences, and the similarities that connect us all.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

We haven't started our book clubs, mainly because: 1) orientation for 1920 students and 2) book fair. Now that we're almost past the most hectic time in the library, we're turning toward our activities. We usually participate in Students Rebuild, but when I found this, via a retired teacher-friend, I thought we'd explore it. 

 

I've created a list of some of the books we have in multiple copies, as well as some titles suggested by the Action Book Club folks. I'd love to see school librarians take this and run with it. When I first read the FAQs, there was NO MENTION of school libraries. I tweeted about it, and 15 minutes later got a very nice reply that they agreed school libraries are important. They also changed the FAQs to reflect that! (If I blogged, I'd have to be The Mouthy Librarian!)

 

So, anyone want to join us on this venture? Even a small book club could do some amazing things! And what if we had our students connect via Hangout, Skype, social media to expand the discussion? Talk about hitting ALL the new AASL standards! Let's do this!

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The FREE Twitter Header Collective

The FREE Twitter Header Collective | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Gwyneth Jones writes: "Your Twitter profile is like a virtual business card. It's good for people to see who you are (not your cat or your cute kids) and what you’re all about. Use the opportunity of your profile picture and header photo accordingly. Sure, I've talked before about 6 Tips to a Super Twitter Profile but today, we're just talkin headers, hon!"

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Summertime is the best time to dust off your social media profiles! I hate to admit it, but I just noticed this week that Twitter profile pics are now circles, which rendered  my Twibbon for We Need Diverse Books meaningless! Check out Gwyneth's post for some quick and easy ideas on how to spiff up your profile.

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How HyperDocs Can Transform Your Teaching

How HyperDocs Can Transform Your Teaching | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Jennifer Gonzalez writes: "A HyperDoc is a digital document—such as a Google Doc—where all components of a learning cycle have been pulled together into one central hub. Within a single document, students are provided with hyperlinks to all of the resources they need to complete that learning cycle."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I've had The HyperDoc Handbook all year and have made a few sample HyperDocs for teachers. Recently I decided to put some library instruction into a HyperDoc, too. This simple Hyperdoc teaches 6th graders how to use the library catalog, introducing them to Destiny Quest, resource lists and more. They'll also learn a few Chromebook tips during this lesson, since many of them will be new to Chromebooks coming into middle school. 

 

If you're sharing this with teachers, show them this awesome presentation about using HyperDocs with novels. It's packed with information and great examples. 

 

And of course, think of all the great things students can create with HyperDocs! I'd love to see a research project that culminates in a HyperDoc full of the resources students used, images, videos, music, their own writing and illustrations etc., etc.  How about students tying facts to a historical fiction novel? Adding interactive features via Forms throughout their HyperDoc to share and get feedback with other students? Once you dive in, the possibilities are endless. 

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30 Storytelling Tips For Teachers: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention

30 Storytelling Tips For Teachers: How To Capture Your Student’s Attention | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

"Storytelling has been around as long as humankind. It is one of the most effective ways to communicate an important truth to another person. It is a connection point between two people. It gives meaning, context, and understanding in a world that is often filled with chaos and disorder.

 

Because of this, educators must use stories if they hope to reach their students. Stories will stay with people much longer than facts or statistics. If a teacher becomes an excellent storyteller, he or she can ensure that any concept they teach will be remembered for years to come.

 

Stories don’t just work well for narratives; they can be used to illustrate scientific or mathematical processes as well. Take for example the difference between learning a formula, and the ability to solve that problem in the context of a real-life example. Stories bring information, knowledge, and truth to life.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I am convinced that we learn best through stories. I intend to design my presentations and lessons with these tips in mind.

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Library at SEMS - Keeping It Organized With Keep

Library at SEMS - Keeping It Organized With Keep | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

If you're not using Google Keep, you're missing out on a powerful organizational tool. Here are some of my favorite tips!

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One of my student aides starting using Keep last week. Yesterday a reminder popped up about an assignment he'd completely forgotten about. Now he's a Keep evangelist, too!

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PicMonkey: Still My Graphic Go-To

PicMonkey: Still My Graphic Go-To | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Gwyneth Jones writes:


PicMonkey is a free website & app that does wonders with your digital photos in an easy peasy click it and save it kinda way. PicMonkey is free but yes, I enjoy the Royale upgrade - and now it's better than ever!


The graphic at the very top was done on theweb version of the site and this one was done just on my phone. In this post I'm going to give a few highlights about each version of PicMonkey.  Of course, the computer version has many more bells and whistles but the mobile app ain't so slouchy!

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

OK, I simply HAD to share Gwyneth's before and after PicMonkey photo, since I spent an embarrassingly long time playing with the "beauty" touch-ups when I signed up for Royale! PicMonkey is one of those sites that you need to share with students. I think photo editing is an essential skill for students to have in their digital tool box, and this one is easy and fun! Be sure to read the PicMonkey blog, as they have some great tips. I made some cool double exposures, and I have zero graphic design skills. 

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41 Ways To Have A More Bookish Spring

41 Ways To Have A More Bookish Spring | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Kelly Jensen writes: "To welcome in spring and to keep your love for books and reading alive, how about a round-up of ideas to have a more bookish season? Some of these suggestions are easy, while others might require a bit of work. Some are straightforward, while others might require you to interpret what they mean. The fun is just that; these are meant to be inspiring ideas, sparks for taking your literary life to another level and finding magic in moments where you might not otherwise."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

So many of these ideas are easy to adapt to school library use! (OK, not the literary cocktails one, but if you're interested in that, here's a link to some good recipes! No judgment here!) I want to get some big beach rocks and let students write favorite book quotes or even just book titles on them to fill in a weed-filled space outside our library windows.

 

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How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library  

How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library   | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Diana Rendina writes: "School libraries are starting makerspaces all over the world. It’s an exciting time in education as we rediscover the power of creativity. But many schools rush to start makerspaces so quickly that they neglect building the maker culture. Developing a maker culture is a lot like developing a love of reading, it takes time and persistence and it’s totally worth it. Here’s a few ways that you can work to cultivate a love of making and creativity in your students."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I know Diana's library is an incredible example of a makerspace, but that just didn't work for us. We are going to bring back a simpler, more focused version once our remodel is complete. Our high school librarian has set up a monthly maker corner that has been very successful. Projects that can be completed in a lunch period or that allow for collaborative work will be our goal. Diana's tips will help keep us from getting overwhelmed and keep the focus on making!

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Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, May 20, 12:21 PM
Good ideas for creating a maker culture in your library and school.
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Make Fabulous Bookmarks with Canva

Make Fabulous Bookmarks with Canva | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Kristen Mattson writes: "I LOVE Canva. It makes me look like a graphic design superstar without much effort at all. This week I used the free online tool to create custom bookmarks that go along with our "Walk a Mile" reading challenge. The "Etsy Cover Photo" template inside of Canva is the PERFECT size and shape for bookmarks."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I am so glad Kristen shared this! I usually stop by Home Depot and Lowes and grab a bunch of paint samples for bookmarks. The kids enjoy choosing "their" color, but the bookmarks weren't reading or library related. Now, I am having student aides create them in Canva and printing on card stock! We stick with black and white because there's one color printer on campus:) Kristen's link to her bookmarks is in her blog post. Here's a link to the latest one a student created for me. 

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30 Ideas For A More Bookish Winter

30 Ideas For A More Bookish Winter | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Kelly Jensen writes: "For some of us, winter feels like it encompasses not a season, but half of a year. It’s a time of quiet and a time when things seem to be dialed back in the world around us (except, perhaps, in places where you get to experience snow or sleet or freezing rain or freezing fog and know exactly what kind of snow is best for making snowmen and what kind will break your back while shoveling). It’s also a time when many begin to really feel the impact of seasonal affective disorder and moods and energy can be low."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Kelly shares a lot of ideas which can easily be translated into displays. (I'm going to be cutting more snowflakes to make a chain of books student read over our three week winter break.) I'm looking forward to her spring list. If you're planning far ahead, here are links to her summer and fall lists

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 15, 1:07 AM
Love this idea. I can't wait to get started :)
GwynethJones's curator insight, January 15, 10:06 AM

I especially like "Cozy up under a blanket or beside a warm fire and reread a favorite book from your childhood."

 

One of my fav winter books is  "The Long Winter" from the Little House on the Prairie series.

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6 Reasons (and Nifty Tools) for Exploring Digital Storytelling

6 Reasons (and Nifty Tools) for Exploring Digital Storytelling | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Lee Watanabe-Crockett writes: "Here are 6 great reasons to begin exploring digital storytelling in your classroom along with some suggestions for tools to get you started."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Wouldn't it be fun to create a challenge for students using digital storytelling tools? How about a book trailer contest, and for each different tool a student uses she gets an entry? Or what about using one tool in different ways? For example, challenge students to use only Storybird to create book trailers for various genres? (Can you make a horror book trailer in Storybird?) Additional tools that would be great for this: Animoto, Powtoon, WeVideo...but the idea is to have them try several concurrently. Get them thinking: which ones were best for the task? Which did they struggle with? Which would they use again? This is all part of developing that digital tool box we want them to have handy for any projects teachers assign, or for exploring their own creativity!

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Purvis' Picks's curator insight, February 5, 6:12 PM

"6 reasons why digital story telling is an activity worth pursuing in class."  This article has tools that help support them student and teacher use these in the classroom.