Book Fair Recap

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Here’s my book fair recap, finally!Thank you, thank you, thank you for all the wonderful book fair tips!  I did find it a little stressful but the kids had fun and I feel much better going into my spring fair since I (sort of) know what to do now!One of the best tips was to cook the weekend before because I’d be too tired during the fair to cook…boy was that true!  I was wiped out every day.  We ate a lot of take out and Mr. Lodge’s cooking that week.  Here are some things that really helped things go more smoothly:**I put 4th graders in charge of advertising.  They made posters to put all around the school and did … Continued

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Book fair tips?

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I have my first ever book fair this week…ah!  I have some seasoned volunteers who are able to help out but I’m still nervous!  The previous librarian had used Scholastic in the past and had booked this fair already.  I’m not totally thrilled because the PTO-run Scholastic book fairs at one of my former schools always had a lot of junk – literal junk (toys), as well as a lot of junky books.  Also, a lot of the paperback books I got for the library fell apart after a few reads, which was very disappointing. I like the idea of using an independent book store instead of Scholastic but there really aren’t any in my area (compared to Boston where … Continued

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Book Buddies

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Book buddies is one of my new favorite things this year!  I saw this post on Pinterest and loved the bucket of book buddies.  I’m not a big stuffed animal person but my new library came with a crazy number of puppets.  I’m also not a puppet person so  I kept the puppets that were in good condition and threw them in a bucket.  I left the bucket out thinking they could be book buddies for kids to read with.  I didn’t expect them to be a huge hit but they are!  In every grade, K-4, the kids absolutely love them and it’s so sweet to see them reading out loud to a buddy.

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Adopt a Shelf

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Adopt a Shelf is a brilliant idea one of my colleagues shared with me.  She does it in her library and I thought it was such a fantastic idea, I had to try it.  Basically, it puts the kids in charge of keeping the shelves neat and organized.  This fit in really well with what we just learned in 4th grade – fiction call numbers and fiction collection is organized.I decided to introduce the idea of adopting a fiction shelf to take care of during my 4th grade classes two weeks ago.  I have a really great group of 4th graders this year and told them that they are the oldest and most responsible students at school and could be … Continued

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Reader Question: Zoinks

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Another reader question I had recently was: Will you please post an example of the form that your students use to answer the question? I’m particularly interested in how they cite their source since you allow 2nd graders to answer questions. If you are interested in trying a trivia question, it’s important to decide what your goal is.  My goal with Zoinks is to have kids actively engaging in quick research and get comfortable finding answers to questions using the resources we have available. The Common Core asks students to use reference materials and to conduct short research projects which both tie in nicely with Zoinks.This is the form I use for Zoinks:  Since my goal is not to write a full … Continued

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Reader Question: Center Management

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I was recently asked a few questions about center management by a reader, Jennifer: Do you assign the kids to specific centers or allow them to choose each week? Do you keep a list of the various center choices in a central location so the kids can see what their options are?  Thanks for the questions Jennifer!  Center assignment?: At my new school,  I do a 20-25 minute lesson and then book checkout and centers for the remaining 20 minutes. If the kids want/need the whole check out time, that’s fine, but if not, they choose a center activity to work on.  I think of center time as an opportunity for self-directed learning.  I tell the kids the choices for the day … Continued

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Before and After

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Happy new school year!  I have been crazy busy with the start of the year in my new school.  I hope as the dust settles and I get back into my school routine, I’ll be able to get back into my blogging routine as well!  My first two weeks of classes have been great – happy kiddos, really friendly staff, fantastic principal, and generous budget.  I’m definitely a lucky library lady! Here are some updates on my library space to kick things off:   Back of the library – before and after Picture book (left) and check out (right) before   Picture books and early readers – after Check out desk – after (and new double shelving behind it courtesy of my … Continued

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Library Treats

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I love to bake and bring in fun treats to school.  I didn’t do this nearly as much as I would have liked this past year but I’m planning to be better about it this year.  I saw this super cute idea on Pinterest, originally from here, where muffins were paired with If You Give a Moose a Muffin. image from: www.momto2poshlildivas.com I think it would be so fun to bring in treats that go with a book once a month.  I’ve come up with a few food themed books so far:  Blueberries for Sal If You Give a Mouse a Cookie The Runaway Latkes Gingerbread Baby (or any gingerbread book!) Popcorn: Poems/The Popcorn Book Bunnycakes Cloudy with a Chance of … Continued

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My New Best Friend

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I may just be late to the game on this but I found this guy at my new library and he is most definitely my new best friend:  He’s a label peeler!!!  Does everyone else in the world know about this?  It’s life-changing in my little library world.  I can’t tell you how many nails I’ve broken and how many sore fingers I’ve had over the past three years from scratching and peeling labels off discarded books.  This little guy just slips in under the label and you just pull it right off.  I even used it to feel off labels that were taped onto shelves with book tape.  Here’s a close up:  And here is Mr. Lodge being a … Continued

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oh boy

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This is the current state of my new library: Ahhhh…total chaos but I promise it will look pretty when I’m done!  My wonderful aunt and cousin came to help me today and we got so much done.  Right now, when you walk around the library it goes: picture books, nonfiction, fiction, with easy readers and lower level fiction on 12+ carts around the room.  I’m trying to move things around so it goes: picture books, easy readers, fiction (already leveled), nonfiction (so there’s no break between fiction sections).  I’m also trying to find more space on the shelves to get rid of some of the carts.  If carts float your boat, that’s great but they’re not for me so I … Continued

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Exciting News

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This is my NEW library!  Mr. Lodge and I are moving back to CT after 5 years in MA.  It’s a little bittersweet since I love living close to Boston and have been able to work with some amazing library teachers in my district this past year.  But, it’s definitely the right choice for us and we are excited to start a new chapter.  I’m SO excited about my new school.  It will definitely take some work to make it mine but it seems like a great fit with a lot of flexibility and opportunities.  I’ll keep you updated on the progress I make.  We are moving in a few weeks and I cannot wait to get started organizing and … Continued

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Happy Summer!

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I hope everyone is enjoying their summer!  Here are some ways I’ve been keeping busy:  Spending time with Mr. Lodge and our sweet, 2 year old cousin.  He has a brand-new sister so we have been taking him on walks and adventures and keeping him busy. Running!  Mr. Lodge has recently become a personal trainer and running coach and has been trying to fulfill his dream of turning me into a runner so we can run together. Visiting my brother in Jupiter, FL.  My mom and I went down for 5 days a few weeks ago.  It was pretty stormy the first few days but cleared up by the time we left.  We visited Vero Beach, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, … Continued

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A little help?

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Another summer project I would love to do is a “where to?” sign, like this one over at The Adventures of Library Girl.  So far, the places I have are:  Narnia Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry Camp Half-Blood Droon Deltora Spiderwick Estate Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory The Emerald City Wonderland Neverland 100 Acre Wood Whoville Where the Wild Things Are Being in an elementary school, I would love to add a few more picture book lands or places. Any ideas?

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