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Creating a Culture of Reading Virtually

Revisiting Skype

 about Kristen's experience leveraging the power of Skype to re-energize her library program. Using Twitter, she reached out to authors and recruited them to speak to her students. And the effects spilled over into other areas as well.

The result can only be described as library magic—engaged middle schoolers meeting authors, illustrators, graphic designers, curators, scientists, park rangers, and multiple others—building upon their previous knowledge, and asking questions. What happened at Baker Middle School in Tacoma, WA, can easily be replicated; success using Skype can happen anywhere. Here's how we got started in our school, and a few tips to get in going in yours.