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."
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.)
"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."
"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."
"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."
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.
"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.)
"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."
"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."
"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."
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."
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.)
"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.
"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."