Library Links

"Content that might be of interest to Teacher-Librarians..."


READ Magazine - on EBSCO

Read - by Weekly Reader
Fiction, nonfiction, and reader's theater for grades 6–10. Good for reading and writing activities, ESL classes, reluctant readers.


Library Sparks Magazine

Upstart's Library Magazine
You can view selected articles and web resources from the current magazine.

"LibrarySparks Magazine is an indispensable resource bursting with fun and engaging programming ideas for today's elementary school and children's librarian. The pages of the magazine are brimming with practical, ready-to-use lessons and activities that are written by readers just like you. In addition, each issue centers on a theme to help keep your programming fresh and inspired."


Library Reading Program Ideas

Ideas for "Reading" Special Events

They're filled with tips for developing complete library programs using Upstart products. You'll find suggestions for bulletin boards, book displays, games, crafts, recipes, writing project, special events and more — all based on our fun reading themes.
(Activites can be done with or without the purchased materials - great jumpstarters for new ideas.)


Promote Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learning - preview online

Thinking Visually
Step-by-Step Exercises That Promote Visual, Auditory, and Kinesthetic Learning
by Oliver Caviglioli and Ian Harris
"Maps have been used for centuries to help orient us in the physical world, yet they can also be useful tools for making sense of the more abstract world of thought. This remarkable book explores visual techniques for helping students understand how they think so they can become more effective learners."


Using Storyboards to Write - Preview book online

Get Graphic!
Using Storyboards to Write and Draw Picture Books, Graphic Novels, or Comic Strips
by Mark Thurman and Emily Hearn

"Based on more than twenty years of experience with teachers and students, this practical book illustrates how classrooms can "get graphic" as they draw and write amazing stories. The book describes an 8-stage process that begins with an idea and ends with a visual picture book, graphic novel, or comic strip."


Library Facts for Library Month

Online Computer Library Center - Stats on collections
(Thanks Colleen)
"What's the most popularly held book in libraries around the world? Which author or character—or monster or animal—is found most often on library shelves worldwide? The research division of OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center, which libraries in more than 110 countries use to locate and lend library materials) compiled a list of the top 1,000 titles owned by member libraries—the intellectual works judged to be the most worthy based on the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe."

Quote I like from the site: "What matters, though, is whether your library has the books you consider to be wonderful. And if not, what also matters is whether your library has the support it needs to support your needs."


EBSCO Professional Reading

EBSCO periodical database for personal Pro-D

Our district subscribes to the EBSCO periodical database. This resource has many PDF versions of professional print magazines. Teachers are able to view the full-text of many useful periodicals with just a click. (It's just like having your own subscription to the publication!)

If you are accessing this from home, you will need to contact your TL for the school ID and password.


Education Apps for the iPad

Which App should I get?
Some selected apps for those using iPads in education.

"With so many educational apps on the App Store, there's no limit to the learning possibilities at your fingertips. Take a look at some of our favorite apps for learning."


Moving Poems - Video treatments of Poetry

Poetry videos from around the web

"This is an on-going anthology of the best videopoems, filmpoems, animated poems, and other poetry videos from around the web, appearing at a rate of one every weekday most weeks." (Note: always preview clips before using with a class! May be better for a High School audience.)


Library Foundation of LA - ALOUD programs

ALOUD - audio and video presentations

"Since the reopening of the Central Library in 1993, the Library Foundation's award-winning ALOUD at Central Library series has provided the people of Los Angeles and beyond with over 1,000 lectures, readings, performances, and conversations featuring key figures in the arts and humanities, business, politics, and science."


Publications for Young Writers

Find places to publish student writing.

"A select list of children's, teen, and young adult publications in print and online that have open submissions with guidelines, an editorial selection process, and a regular print cycle. Some publish only young writers, some publish all ages for young readers. For more specific submission guidelines, visit the publication's website."

==================== Teachers' Lounge

Share the joy of poetry with your students

"We are Canada's national association of professional poets, and we want to help you share the joy of poetry with your students. On our site you'll find workshop ideas, poetry teaching links, and resources. You'll also find a forum especially for teachers where you can share ideas, questions, theories, and complaints. We're hoping teachers across Canada will use this site and encourage their classes to visit as well."

Sample Lesson:
A Haiku Lesson for Elementary Students

Concrete Imagery in Poetry

Best Books for Kids and Teens - 2011

The Canadian Children's Book Centre - 2011 Starred Selections

While you can buy the complete list of recommended titles for 2011 by ordering the "Best Books" publication, this site also lists their 2011 starred selections in the following categories:
Art, Music, Poetry, Plays, Beginning Readers, Biography, Memoir & Speaking Out, Early Chapter Books, Teen Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Fairy Tales, Folktales, Legends & Myth, Graphic Novels, History, Geography & Culture, Junior Fiction, Nature, Picture Books, Science & Technology, and Sports.



Historical Novels - Socials tie-in

Over 5000 Historical Novels- Listed by Time and Place

Most are adult novels, but some of the sub-categories list titles for Teens and younger. (There is also a seperate tab for Young Adult novels.)

"A deep understanding of the past can help us understand our own time and our own motivations better. And by blending history and fiction, a novel lets us do more than simply read history: it lets us participate in the hopes, fears, passions, mistakes and triumphs of the people who lived it."


Web 2.0 tools in the information skills process

Tools for each of the six phases

Explore this list of Web 2.0 apps that can help your students in their Inquiry Based Learning.


a NZ website for School Librarians and teachers.

National Library of New Zealand website for School Librarians and teachers.

You will find sections on Developing and Managing the Library, Creating Readers, Inquiry Learning , 21st Century Literacy and more. Explore the Create Readers blog  and L2 Libraries and Learning blog.  



Google doodles anyone?

Where to find those Google Doodles?

All the doodles, including county-specific ones, are found at this address. It can be a fun activity to look at how Google commemorates special dates around the world. Students can try to anticipate the upcoming design for a holiday, or use an existing design as a way to represent their own name. Google-Art for a country or a famous person can even involve a little research to get ideas for the images. (Makes for a great art activity.)

How did it start?


"we Give Books" - non-fiction titles as well

Reptiles - DK books
Explore a kingdom where the real dragons roam. Visit the many wonders of the reptile world, including flying snakes, underwater lizards, and rare dinosaur relatives.

A selection of books for 8-10 year olds
(Click on any of the other titles on the page to view)


"We Give Books" - read an ebook online -

Llama Llama Red Pajama
In this rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama starts worrying when Mama goes downstairs after tucking him into bed. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right.
(Read other titles at "We Give Books")


Keynote from New England Library Association Annual Conference

"Killing Librarians" by David Lankes.

"Killing Librarianship" Keynote New England Library Association Annual Conference, Burlington, VT. Abstract: What might kill our profession is not ebooks, Amazon or Google, but a lack of imagination. We must envision a bright future for librarians and the communities they serve, then fight to make that vision a reality. We need a new activist librarianship [...]
R. David Lankes is a professor and Dean's Scholar for the New Librarianship at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, the director of the library science program for the school and director of the Information Institute of Syracuse. Lankes is a passionate advocate for librarians and their essential role in today's society.

(Thanks Anne for the link)

The Food timeline

When did certain foods become popular?

"Ever wonder how the ancient Romans fed their armies? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? Who invented the potato chip...and why? So do we!!! Food history presents a fascinating buffet of popular lore and contradictory facts. Some experts say it's impossible to express this topic in exact timeline format. They are correct. Most foods are not invented; they evolve."

Some interesting subpages:

Historic Cookbooks

Digitized Menus

Some Lessons organized by subject

Thanksgiving Food