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Library Activity Calendar: January 2018

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Download a letter-sized or 11x17 sized version. Pick a day or two to inspire your picture book selection to use with your primary students. (For teens, look -> here.)

Usher in 2018 with books and activities that will get the new year off to an inspired start! January is National Creativity Month, so encourage students to let their imaginations run wild while celebrating special days like Kazoo Day, Clashing Clothes Day and even Squirrel Appreciation Day. It's also Brain Teaser Month and Thank-You Month. So throw on some mismatched socks, grab a pen and paper (and, of course, a good book), and let your creativity take you to new places this January!​"


Book Clubs: Your Community Connection

 factors that make them successful

​here are some ideas here that might work for your school library!
Thinking of starting a new book club at your library or revamping an existing group you inherited? Struggling with attendance or participation? Join NoveList for a look at book clubs and the factors that make them successful as we celebrate National Reading Group month. Our panel of book club hosts will discuss different types of book clubs (formal versus informal, general versus genre, and 
One Book, One Community programs), choosing books for your group, promoting your book club, and measuring the success of your program. Learn from their wide range of experiences, tips, and love of reading and readers. 



Graphic Novel Reviews By Age Group

​A ​
positive addition to ​

​This website is
 designed to help educators and librarians discover how comics can become a dynamic and positive addition to
 classroom or library
​. You will find​
 a list of graphic novel reviews, courtesy of Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and School Library Journal. 



How To Come Up With A Blog Name

​Starting a Blog? What's in a name?​

​Check out Stacey's article on 10 considerations for choosing a blog name. 

In it, she suggests thinking about:

  • What is your blog going to be about?
  • Who is your target audience?
  • What is the tone/voice of your blog going be like?
  • Will you be building your brand around your blog name?


Library Learning Commons Document from the BCTLA

​How ​
a school library becomes a Library Learning Commons
​ ​

"From School Library to Library Learning Commons: A Pro-Active Model for Educational Change" (2017) summarizes the work, over three years, of two groups of Vancouver teacher-librarians — one elementary and the other secondary — engaged in teacher inquiry. The inquiry groups have described, in both personal and professional terms, the continuum of change by which a school library becomes a Library Learning Commons in BC. They have been joined by voices of teacher-librarians throughout BC who have successfully undertaken similar initiatives.



Videos about reading & genres

How and Why We Read
​ (High School)​

John Green tackles the question of why we read and what stories are good for. You can explore his entire series on literature as he quickly covers the essentials of key works with enthusiasm and humour.

​What is the Sci-Fi genre?  (for Elementary school)​

Here's a quick look at the sci-fi genre using Lego mini-figs. Suitable for upper intermediate students.



Digital Citizenship Star Wars Posters

posters for digital citizenship education

​some "​
Star Wars digital citizenship posters
​that would be perfect for
digital citizenship
​work in the library. (These were
made by Lesley Karpiuk (@IHeartEdTech) of

(8.5" x 11"), laminate, and hang. May the Force be with your digital footprint!


Poster Templates & Social Media Graphics

​PosterMyWall for great templates​

Looking for a quick way to whip up a poster for your library? Try "posterMyWall". Lots of templates to choose from​, great designs and fun fonts.



Google Creates a Digital Archive of World Fashion

Want to learn more about why you have certain items in your closet, or do you feel a desire to know more about the history of ripped jeans? Then this project is for you.

Google Arts & Culture
​announces the
We wear culture" project. Promising to tell "the stories behind what we wear," the project "travelled to over 40 countries, collaborating with more than 180 cultural institutions and their world-renowned historians and curators to bring their textile and fashion collections to life." Covering 3,000 years of history, "We wear culture" uses video, historical images, short quotes and blurbs, and fashion photography to create a series of online gallery exhibits



5 Tips for New School Librarians (and those who aren't so new)

​Classroom 2.0 Live archived Webinar​

Lots of resources here for new and continuing TLs. Listen to this archived webinar via Blackboard/Collaborate or watch the Youtube version. (Originally offered on 
Saturday June 10, 2017
Whether you are a new school librarian getting a jump start on your new adventure or have been a school librarian for a few years (or more) and need a boost to restore that "new librarian smell" this is the webinar for you!  Join Nikki D Robertson as she shares 5 Tips for New School Librarians (and those who aren't so new) based on her personal insight developed through 25 years as an educator and school librarian. Additionally, Nikki will share her very personal story of struggling with burnout and how she reignited her passion and found her purpose in the school library.



Teaching Writing Through Children's Literature, K-6

Mentor Texts
​, 2nd Ed​

​review the book on the Stenhouse site.

In the second edition of this important book Lynne and Rose show teachers how to help students become confident, accomplished writers by using literature as their foundation.It includes brand-new "Your Turn Lessons," built around the gradual release of responsibility model, offering suggestions for demonstrations and shared or guided writing. Reflection is emphasized as a necessary component to understanding why mentor authors chose certain strategies, literary devices, sentence structures, and words.



Set your Reading Goals with Goodreads Challenge Tracker

Like the Olympics, for Readers!

​ use LibraryThing as a way of tracking my reading - here's an article from Jessica Woodbury who takes it to another level with the GoodReads Challenge Tracker - let the games begin!

But there is one thing on Goodreads that is a real and true obsession: my Goodreads Reading Challenge Tracker.
​ [...]​
 Over 2,000,000 users set up a reading challenge for 2017. Each year, you can set yourself a goal for the number of books you want to read that year. And because Goodreads never wants you to forget about that goal for a single second, it puts it on your home screen right below the books you're currently reading.


Exploring the Core Competencies Through the Use of Picture Books

​Teacher-Librarians using Core

This document is a work in progress. It was created by a group of teacher-librarians from Surrey Schools, District #36 as part of professional development on the Curriculum Implementation Day on November 4, 2016. If you would like to add content, please email Lynne Powell, TL Helping Teacher, and indicate core competency, title, author, summary and activity. You may also be interested in reviewing the core competencies slide share




Words to study by

​Come see the Writing on the Wall ​

​Angela Monk's blogpost about the "Word Art" on the walls of her Library Learning Commons: (visit the link for the complete post and to see more pictures.)

"Three years ago when we were making the transition from Library to Learning Commons, I wanted to "redecorate"  to reflect the change and describe what a Learning Commons was. What goes on in a Learning Commons? So, my Student Advisory Committee and I met and brainstormed verbs that described the activities that take place in our Library Learning Commons.  Words like: READ, APPLY, EVALUATE, DISCOVER, IMAGINE, CREATE, COLLABORATE, SHARE etc."



TumbleBook of the Day

A new title every day 

You can put the link (see above) on your library page, and if you have a place to insert html, here's the snippet of code that you can pasted in - see below. (If you use Destiny/Follett as your circ system, go to the homepage edit window and insert the bit of html below.) It pulls in a graphic from the TB site, and then makes that graphic clickable so the student is redirected to the BoTD. The BoTB is a short video of the book being read and and flipped through. Great for weak readers, ELL and really young kids! (Note: I can't post the html or Blogger tries to read it as code, so I've simply inserted a screen shot - you'll have to type it out by hand - sorry!)



How to make your collection last

​Book" arranging made simple

​Here's a little metaphor to help you explain to others why you weed your collection: (or watch the video and think "book" every time she says "flower"!)

"If my arrangement is starting to look a little old and tired, I pull out the faded flowers, re-arrange the hardier blooms in the extra space, and then add one or two selected fresh flowers for a ​whole new look."


"If my collection is starting to look a little old and tired, I pull out the outdated resources, re-arrange the titles that still have appeal and relevance in the new space available, and add a dozen or two selected brand new titles for a whole new look."



Libraries Are For Everyone (posters)

sharp-looking images
​to celebrate libraries 

 creative team of librarians from the Saline County Library in Benton, Arkansas
​ along with Rebecca McCorkindale developed these powerful posters for 
National Library Legislative Day
​.​ (In lots of languages too - scroll down on the linked page to see them all.)



Guided Reading: How to Make Kids Hate (or Love) to Read

our decisions that can
 a love of books

School has a way of messing up even the inherently joyful act of reading a good book.
​ ​
If I had to distill our job as elementary teachers to a few fundamentals, at the heart would be, "Make sure our students love to read." Here are four decisions that can determine whether Guided Reading nourishes a love of books or kills it.



Read More: Here's a Simple System

Read 30+ Books Per Year

Okay, so it sounds quite simplistic - foolish almost, but James Clear's message couldn't be more straightforward: do you want to read more? Then make it happen by.....wait for it....reading more!

He offers a compelling anecdote, and presents his own strategy for reading over 30 books in a year - and he is on track to do it.



Exciting YA Books to Read in 2017

​So Many Books, So Little Time!​

​The world of YA is so striking that I regularly peruse publisher lists, bookstore shelves and public library YA sections to see what's new. Check out Iva-Marie's suggestions to whet your appetite.