Friday, March 29, 2013

National Poetry Month

Thank you to Delfreda Coleman at North Highland Elementary for this contribution! 

A few poetry sites to get your students moving to the beat of Spring!  Discover how a poem a day can transform your classroom Read-a-thon is a great way for our schools to get involved globally in the reading and celebration of poetry! - Ever run out of words to use when writing poetry?  Here is a list of beautiful and ugly words to convey your feelings. Listen and view live poetry! Download the free app to your smart device to access classical and modern poetry.  - A fun way to teach poetry using similes. - Have your students listen to inspiring children’s poets express the process of coming up with their writings. You are able to publish your students’writings for others to view on The Children’s Poetry Archive. - Get your kids moving and grooving with this collection free printable Poems from Classroom Jr.  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

School Libraries in Finland

Finland is the new global standard for education, and teachers from every major country in the world are flocking there to observe how they do things. Major elements in the Finnish system that differ from America's educational model include delayed school start age, how early and often students are tested, avoidance of merit pay for teachers, the amount of job-embedded professional development time teachers are provided weekly, the honorable status of teachers within the Finnish society, and the limited number of students in each classroom.

Naturally, as librarians our curiosity is inclined to wonder about the role of school libraries in Finland. Though it is rumored that school libraries do not exist in Finland, this is not true. There is a major reliance upon the public library system, and a strong tie to school libraries strengthens the programs of each.

Below are a few resources including valuable information about the vitally essential school library programs in what is currently recognized as the strongest educational model in the world:

School Library Association in Finland

Observations about School Libraries in Finland from an American school librarian

Finland's Library Network

What aspirations do the Finnish librarians provide for our own instructional practices?

And the second winner is...

Pam Bullock is the proud new owner of Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys! Congratulations! You will receive it in the pony soon.

Comment on this post if you are interested in another giveaway of an advanced reader edition!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Winner Wednesday Book Giveaway!

Who needs a good book to read this spring? It's an Advance Uncorrected Galley and is Not for Sale! It's a giveaway! The novel is Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys.

You will not be disappointed by this novel set in New Orleans about a girl trying to figure out her life after being raised by ...herself! She lives in a good place, though, with plenty of reading material.

The winner will be announced in time to put in the pony on Friday!

Good luck!

Monday, March 11, 2013

And the winner is....

Carla Crews! Your book (along with another small happy or two) is going on the pony tomorrow. Congratulations and we hope you enjoy it!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Friday Fun Giveaway!

Just for fun, I am giving this away to one lucky LibraryVision reader! Just comment below, and I will draw names Monday at 8pm. The lucky winner will receive this copy of Isabel Allende's Island Beneath the Sea (a fabulous historical fiction piece about late 1700s slavery conditions in Haiti: brief review here) via the Pony.
Thanks for dropping by!
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Thursday, March 7, 2013

ASLA New Librarians Conference June 9th

Leadership for the 21st Century
ASLA New Librarians Conference
It’s back!  The Alabama School Library Association (ASLA) is offering a special professional development opportunity for school librarians who have been librarians for three years or less. This pre-conference is held in conjunction with ASLA’s Annual Simmer Conference. You will have an opportunity to meet other new librarians in Alabama, ASLA Board members, ASLA officers, “Library Girl” Jennifer LeGarde, and hopefully join networks in your area of the state affiliated with ASLA.  You will learn about what ASLA is, what we do, and how you can be an active part of the organization.

You must be new to the library profession, not just new to the position. 
This pre-conference on Sunday, June 9, 2013 will provide:
• All meals - Sunday lunch, Sunday dinner, Monday continental breakfast, and Monday lunch
• Lodging for Sunday night at the Hilton Garden Inn in Liberty Park
• Complimentary 2013-2014 ASLA membership
• Complimentary registration to the ASLA Summer Conference on Monday, June 10th
• Opportunities to network with local and national school library leaders
• Information on professional organizations and potential leadership possibilities
Best of all, this experience is FREE!

This opportunity will be available to only 25 new school librarians, so act now!   For more information send your name and e-mail address to Jennifer Anders at or call 205- 379-5550
ASLA (Alabama School Library Association) is a professional organization dedicated to the improvement of instruction through the utilization of media and technology. It provides a forum for school librarians, administrators, curriculum specialists, teachers, school librarianship educators, graduate students, professional association leaders, and retired library media professionals to promote excellence in education in Alabama through effective school library programs.
ASLA is the state affiliate of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology, the American Association of School Librarians, and the Alabama Education Association. 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

It's World Read Aloud Day! What are You Reading?

How will you reach across the world today to celebrate World Read Aloud Day? Skype is a great way to connect to other classrooms across town or farther and share reading aloud.

Authors have also volunteered their time to read with classes of students through Skype (a free software tool for video chats or phone calls and it's free as long as the other person also has Skype downloaded on their computer).

And it's not too late to participate today. The whole idea is to celebrate reading around the world and "pay it forward" according to the World Read Aloud Day website. We are celebrating that we can read and write and have that privilege to learn. What a wonder!

Monday, March 4, 2013

Great things at Greenwood!

*Big thanks to Caralyn McDaniel for these pictures and information about the great things going on at the Greenwood Elementary School Library! 

Greenwood Elementary students are enjoying their reading tent! GES students voted on for a camping and outdoor theme for the library last year. They can earn special, individual time in the reading tent as a reward from their classroom teacher for good conduct, helping out, and the like. Each semester, I send out an e-mail with reading tent "tickets" for the teachers to send with the student. It can be used anytime during open check-out time...essentially whenever a class isn't meeting in the library.