Category Archives: Library Management

Seasonal Slogans for Bulletin Boards and Displays

‘Tis the Season to Be Reading

Hibernate With a Good Book

Chill With a Good Book

Reading is Cool

Seasons Readings

Reading is a Gift

Reading Lights Up the Mind

Books Yule Love to Read

Books Make You Bright

Click each image to go to the original poster’s page.

See also: Great Site For Library Ideas and Printables

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Nothing to Do With Shelving Books

Sarah McIntyre is offering this poster free for downloading.
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Warning: Short Rant…
There’s that ‘trained’ part again. I’m busting my butt as basically an Experienced library clerk because I know what could be done but I’m shooting in the dark; wishing there was someone I could turn to, someone truly trained. (And then /or at least, someone to do the clerk stuff so I could do/learn more…help students more.) Read About Survival above if you’re into the topic.

Watch this…We Need This!

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Bookworm or “Bookie Monster”?

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I used to have a little bookworm finger puppet just like the little guy on the left that I used in combination with the Mr. Wiggle books when talking to the kindergarteners about the library and book care. Kids would keep asking for our resident ‘Mr. Wiggle’ to talk to them right up to Grade 3.

Unfortunately, one day our own Mr. Wiggle went away. I don’t know where he went. He just disappeared and took his book with him. I guess he found someone that needed him more than we did.

This one is ONLY US$795.00!!!

I kept thinking that he might come back one day; that I would peek in the No, No Never pail where he used to sleep and he’d be there, safely tucked inside his book-home.

But no, that hasn’t happened so I’ve decided it’s time to search for a new bookworm friend to cheer the children and help them learn to love books as I do. The only exact replica (above) that I could find is a little pricy, especially since it would ship from the U.K., so I’ll have to find a distant cousin.

While I was looking however, I ran across a very interesting site that explained, with photos, all about ‘real’ bookworms.

Just what they do to books (and why)

… and what they Really look like

Check out The Bookie Monster: attack of the creepy crawlies! on the British Library’s Collection Care blog. It’s quite fascinating when you think of the problem in a historical context.

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Elementary Library Classes – September

Library activities got off to a quick start in September with the Grade 3s and 6s getting together for a period of buddy reading. They enjoyed sharing the Big Books for a change as well as lots of other favourites. Junior & Senior High students should all have their textbooks checked out now and are well into their studies

The first week was spent on welcoming the students back to the library and chatting about routines and the Responsible Reader program. In the second week we have had fun exploring books and their authors.

Kindergarten enjoyed the hilarious Book! Book! Book! by Deborah Bruss. Say the title like a chicken and you’ll get the idea. I was impressed by how well this huge class of 27 five and six year-olds listened and caught on to library etiquette.

Grade 1 enjoyed the 63 year old, beloved classic  Petunia by Roger Duvoisin, about a silly goose who believes that just owning a book and carrying it around makes you smart. They will be bringing home a letter for you to read, with a colouring page from the book on the back.

Before we read it Grade 2 brainstormed why Meena might be The Girl Who Hated Books by Manjusha  Pawagi. Of course having to move them from the sink before brushing your teeth might be an inconvenience but once she got to know the rabbits she began to change her mind.

Grade 3 has been very excited about being able to borrow books from the ‘all ages’ part of the library, so we took a ‘tour’ and practiced how to tell if a book is going to be one you they might enjoy reading. They received ‘5- Finger Test’ bookmarks to remind them how to check whether a book might be so easy it’s boring, so difficult it’s frustrating, or just the right level to enjoy. You can download a 5-Finger Test here.

Since Grade 4 will be doing a science unit related to building this year, it’s fortunate that there is a lot of interest in building and construction in the class. In library class we checked out David Macaulay’s (See Mrs. K. for Username & Password) work and watched a video of him talking about his new book How We Work, which the students convinced me we should purchase for the library. We looked at other books on building things and those interested checked out the Building and Construction department in the library.

Grade 5 watched several student-made book trailers on Awesome Author Gordon Korman’s Chasing the  Falconers, the first book in his ‘On the Run’ series, as an introduction to his work. Korman wrote his first book at age 12 and has since written over 50 books. Some are funny, some are serious and all are chalk-full of action and adventure. All are page turners.

A fantasy series was this week’s choice for the Grade 6s. We watched the author Chris D’Lacey speak about his ‘Last Dragon Chronicles. (He showed us Real, Authentic Dragon Skin to prove that dragons Really Exist.) You can see the links I used to find out all about this author by clicking here.


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Dang! I’m Inspired Again

September is so busy. I shouldn’t have taken the day off of work to attend Yellowhead Regional Library’s annual conference.


I shouldn’t have had a peaceful night in a lovely hotel – where the people-watching game was very satisfying.

I shouldn’t have listened to so many intelligent people, making so much sense…making me admit that I’ve had enough time to assess my project and now it’s time to begin to take it to the next level. Just when I was trying to convince myself that I might be able to coast a little, get that teacher resource room cleaned up, maybe repair some books…

Then along comes Lynn Shabada and Lori Bell, the administrators of Onoway Elementary School and then Twyla Lesko, Onoway’s Librarian, Karen Mason, from Centennial Elementary School in Wetaskiwin and Stacy Howse, from Westlock Elementary School. These amazing people are transforming their libraries into Learning Commons. The upshot of this combination of presentations was to remind me that my library, although open, welcoming, somewhat comfortable and as accommodating as I have been able to make it, it is still not the hub of the school.

Sessions: The importance of school libraries: an administrative perspective, and Transforming your library: inspiring the Library Learning Commons

Onoway’s ‘Dream Team’ of principal, associate principal and library manager share a vision of transforming the space, the service and the culture of the library to “Open it Up” and remove a miscellanea of subtle and not-so-subtle barriers to reading: rules and procedures that stand in the way of students’ natural curiosity and adventurous spirit.

Twyla’s advice: “Say Yes! Think We”

Twyla’s advice: “Say Yes! Think We”

Karen’s vision is to “To Bring Technology, Community and Learning Together in one Memorable Place!” Newly placed into the library from her position as a learning assistant, Karen immediately saw a crowded, dated and unwelcoming space and transformed it into a well-appreciated hub that supports her students culturally, emotionally and academically.

Karen's welcoming reading corner at Centennial Elementary.

Karen’s welcoming reading corner at Centennial Elementary.

Stacy’s project began with a tree. When a well-known member of the community and school board chair passed away, his family wished that a fitting memorial be placed in the school library. The upshot of collective brainstorming was a tree house where children could climb to reading nooks. The coming construction seemed to Stacy to be the perfect time to begin a transformation that she had had percolating in her mind since she started in the position over a year ago.

Westlock Elementary

Stacy’s journey has just begun with the reclassification of her collection but is fully envisioned. Her goals: successful browsing, improved curriculum support and increased visual appeal.

And that was all before lunch…

After a wonderful lunch of Shepard’s Pie and Peach Cobbler, (where I won a door prize of two novels on CDs), and visited the vendors’ booths, I attended another two great sessions. Mary Medinsky from Red Deer College gave an lively presentation on Teen Tech Trends and Jamie Davis, the coordinator of Learn Alberta’s Online Reference Centre showed us some of the exciting new resources in that collection.

Between all these fabulous presentations and chatting with lots of people, (like Janet from Warburg, another K-12 school), the result of all this darn inspiration is a 25 point to-do list that I now will have to follow up on because I couldn’t hold my head up if, after all this work, my library is still not what it could be.

by Tom Fleming


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I’d Like to Credit the Artist…

A wonderful interpretation of this ubiquitous quote by Stephen King that would translate well to a library bulletin board or book display. I just which I could tell you who made it.

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The Broadening Scope of a School Librarian’s Job: One Aspect

It’s my job as school librarian is to get resources to teachers and students. That used to mean pulling teacher resources and assembling a box of books on the requested theme, which I would then deliver to the classroom.

That’s still true – I still do that – but I no longer check encyclopedias, almanacs and the myriad of other treasured tomes in the (no longer extant) reference centre.

Since any school project now includes electronic resources, I also will search Discovery Ed for relevant resources, which I place in the appropriate folder for the teacher’s use. I check LearnAlberta’s Online Reference Centre and Learn 360, all of which are resources paid for by government of the school district. I check for Smart Board activities and other online resources.  Then I go to the Internet and see what I can find there.

CaptureIn response to a Grade 3 teacher’s recent request, one of the services I am supplying is a page on owls to be linked to her teacher page on our website. This will be for the student’s use as they research owls for her theme.

I will suggest that she allow the students some time to ‘play’ on the site and let their natural curiosity lead them where it may before assigning a project. They may go first to an activity like word search and then, when they discover that they want to know more, begin to peruse some of the linked sites.

The image is linked to the page from here, but it is not live from our website yet. The teacher will not be using it until after Christmas. If you have any suggestions to improve it or know any great kids’ owl sites, please share in the comments.

I’d also love to know what methods you use to get non-print resources to teachers.


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