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Librarians on the Fly: Interactive Calendars for Your Library using Thinglink and MoveNote

Librarians on the Fly: Interactive Calendars for Your Library using Thinglink and MoveNote | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Two great web tools in one awesome blog post! I've already shared Thinglink with my teachers, but I can't wait to show them MoveNote.  Might liven up those student PowerPoint presentations they still require:)

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 16, 2013 11:10 PM

Using ThingLink and MoveNote to create an interactive calendar for the library website. 

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School Library Monthly Blog » Blog Archive » Is the Sweet Spot in the School Library?

"Maybe it’s time to emphasize that all this library learning is really differentiated instruction."

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OK, who is the brave library soul who will do a remake of the "Sugar, Sugar" song to emphasize the school library as a place where ALL students can learn?

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Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters — NeverEndingSearch

Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters — NeverEndingSearch | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, October 7, 2013 1:49 PM

Useful free decorating tools for libraries and classrooms!

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India Art n Design Global Hop : Birmingham’s New Library

India Art n Design Global Hop : Birmingham’s New Library | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Whoever said that a library is a boring silent reading room? The new library at Birmingham, which opens its doors to the public tomorrow, is a beautiful building that integrates the culturally and architecturally rich ethos of Birmingham city...
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Some library eye candy! What a beautiful space!

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Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, September 3, 2013 2:00 PM

Seems like an excellent model of what a 21st century library should be.

Marian Royal Vigil's comment, September 5, 2013 10:05 AM
You're welcome and I'll be sure to do that! Beautiful work here.
India Art n Design's comment, September 6, 2013 3:18 AM
Marian please do stay connected and share your view and ideas. we would try to make think much better and simple ,which is only possible through individual feedback & opinion.thank you.
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25 amazing street art and mural works about books, libraries and reading

25 amazing street art and mural works about books, libraries and reading | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
There are many ways to express that books are an essential part of our life. Using books as building materials is not necessarily the good way. Street art
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I need one of these outside my library!  

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Kathy Moser's curator insight, November 22, 2013 11:01 AM

Really cool and clever and creative!

BJ's curator insight, December 6, 2013 12:30 PM
Creative!
Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 2015 7:12 PM

Just because...to cool not to scoop!

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TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Things I Didn't Learn in Library School: Maintaining your sanity when you are in charge of ALL the things

TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Things I Didn't Learn in Library School: Maintaining your sanity when you are in charge of ALL the things | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
TLT: Teen Librarian's Toolbox: Things I Didn't Learn in Library School: Maintaini... http://t.co/6OyULBQecM
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Our ASB students are going to get involved in library displays this year. There are always artistic students whose talents we could be using!

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Locally Sourced Library Art!

Locally Sourced Library Art! | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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I made these 24 x 36 posters, using my own photos of our town.  Staples has occasional sales on printing. These were only $8 each!  They will really brighten up a dark wall of the library. See others at http://t.co/yEM6pWiCC1

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http://t.co/i1LBun2mmK

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Andrea Frey's curator insight, August 6, 2013 11:38 AM

Beautiful pictures!! Great quote too! Thanks for sharing!

Sue Osborne's curator insight, August 8, 2013 6:35 PM

These are great....we have smaller posters that are on the "IN" door of our library - different quote every week!

Carleen Southard's comment, August 18, 2013 9:28 AM
Well done Mary! Beautiful pictures and great quotes.
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25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers

25 Clever Classroom Tips For Elementary School Teachers | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
You'll be the talk of the teacher's lounge with these smart classroom ideas.
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I can use a lot of these in my middle school library!
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eCursos Atenas 's curator insight, July 29, 2013 2:28 PM

Ideas practicas y economicas.

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Top Ten Picture Books to Encourage Inquiry

Top Ten Picture Books to Encourage Inquiry | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
I've been thinking a lot about inquiry lately.  What is it?   Ways to create a classroom where inquiry is a common occurrence. Asking questions leads to asking more questions, and eventually to dis...
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I've been slowly building a picture book collection for my middle school library and taking advantage of interlibrary loan from our elementary schools.  Next project: prepare picture book bibliographies for teachers to use for lesson introduction, types of writing, etc. 

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Sharlene Lien's curator insight, July 23, 2015 7:14 PM

Picture books on Inquiry

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Virtual School Library Media Center Management Manual

Virtual School Library Media Center Management Manual | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Via CFoote
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Great ideas and something we should have at the district level.

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eCursos Atenas 's curator insight, July 1, 2013 3:27 PM

Great idea, thanks for sharing.

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Jeopardy-style Media Vocabulary Game

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A no-tech game to teach library vocabulary. Good end of the year activity for elementary students.

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ArtisanCam - Home

ArtisanCam - Home | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
ArtisanCam is a free arts education website for schools (key stage 2-4) featuring video of contemporary artists working in their studios, galleries and on location.It has video-workshops, information on their techniques/influences and interactive...
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Check out the links under "Activity Highlights" and enjoy yourself.  Oh, share with your students, too.  Shared by the ever awesome Naomi Bates, of the YA lit blog, http://www.naomibates.blogspot.com/.

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A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - OEDB.org

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources - OEDB.org | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn.
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The Power of Your Data

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Sue has some great ideas in this blog post that you can use tomorrow in your library. 

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 12, 2013 10:24 PM

Finding ways to track your daily activities is essential to documenting your contributions to the learning community. It will take time you say, but if you don't have the documentation to prove your worth, you may have more time on your hands than you want.

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The Unpretentious Librarian: Library Displays From Pinterest

The Unpretentious Librarian: Library Displays From Pinterest | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Great ideas on how to save time yet keep your library displays looking fresh! 

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Orientation inspiration — NeverEndingSearch

Orientation inspiration — NeverEndingSearch | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

"Whether it’s your incoming kindergartners, sixth graders, ninth graders or those returning students you already know and love, you’re going to want to welcome them back in a special way.  And you are likely to have made a few fabulous summer discoveries that will rock their information and communications worlds."

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Joyce Valenza shares ideas from many of our favorite elementary, middle and high school librarians. 

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Google Draw Bookmark Template

Google Draw Bookmark Template | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
This is not earth shattering, I resized the canvas in Google Draw: http://goo.gl/H6nqlO. After opening the blank template go to the File menu and make a copy. Either you can make bookmarks for stud...
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A project for my aides, as I have finally run out of Scholastic book fair flyers to cut up as bookmarks.  (Hey, they were colorful and popular and would have made the trash can very heavy for the custodian if I threw them out!)

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Carissa Cotta's curator insight, September 1, 2013 8:45 PM

This will be handy since I need new bookmarks!

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At Libraries Across America, It's Game On : NPR

At Libraries Across America, It's Game On : NPR | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
In the 1800s, British libraries used gaming rooms to lure patrons away from pubs. Now, across the country, libraries are using video games to attract millennials — and the goal isn't always educational.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:56 PM

WhattheWhat!?! LOL "In the 1800s, British libraries used gaming rooms to lure patrons away from pubs." ---- Ok, this is a Must Read!

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Recycled book art--shoe boxes and pages!

Recycled book art--shoe boxes and pages! | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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My makerspace will be limited (this year) to paper crafts and recycled material. This would be perfect! 

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Library Orientation Activity

Library Orientation Activity | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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I am going to use this with my incoming 6th graders.  This library is so much larger than they're used to, I want to get them moving through the space to see where everything is!

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15 Wonderful Quotes About Life From Children's Books

15 Wonderful Quotes About Life From Children's Books | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Sometimes the perfect inspiration comes from our childhood.
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Using Aurasma in the Library | Library as Incubator Project

Using Aurasma in the Library | Library as Incubator Project | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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I want to try this with photos of teachers, that when scanned would show what they're reading, what they recommend, etc.

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Mr. Breitsprecher's Dewey Challenge

Mr. Breitsprecher's Dewey Challenge | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Two online challenges for elementary students to show their mastery of Dewey.

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Wait, the library is CLOSED?

Wait, the library is CLOSED? | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
This is how I like the library to look.  Lots of kids, tons of books on display, art work, too.  (This is an old photo--we also have larger, more colorful directional signage on the bookcases!)...
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My end of the year display, that hopefully keeps kids reading, even when they can't use the library.

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Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History

Beyond the Book: Infographics of Students' Reading History | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
I'm an evangelist.

A book evangelist, that is. I hand out books to students and colleagues, booktalking them in class, at lunch, and even in my email signature. I want my students to read widely and
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Wow! Be sure to click through to the examples of students' infographics!

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