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intothestacks · 3 hours ago
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Adventures in Librarian-ing
Me: *before reading from The Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend* Has anyone here ever had an imaginary friend before?
Grade 2 Kid: No, but I had an imaginary girlfriend. She had a huge crush on me and wanted to kiss me SOOOO bad!
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asexualsartemis · 4 days ago
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I have not read this book, but i was rec'd it from the book vendor we use at work and i immediately added it to my list for future purchase!
FAT REP IN A MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL????
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Starfish by Lisa Fipps RL 4.1 IL 5-9 Ever since Ellie wore a whale swimsuit and made a big splash at her fifth birthday party, she's been bullied about her weight. To cope, she tries to live by the Fat Girl Rules--like "no making waves," "avoid eating in public," and "don't move so fast that your body jiggles." Fortunately, Ellie has allies in her dad, her therapist, and her new neighbor, Catalina, who loves Ellie for who she is. With this support buoying her, Ellie might finally be able to cast aside the Fat Girl Rules and be her own fabulous self.
(this summary seems off-putting to me, but i see on goodreads a lot of plus sized reviewers raved about it)
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intothestacks · 7 days ago
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Useful Free Online Resources for Librarians (Part 1/?)
I’ve started creeping the internet for some resources that may come in useful for programming the summer reading program at Devon Public Library, so I thought I’d share my findings as I come across them in case anyone finds any of these as potentially intriguing as I did. 
Some of these I was already aware of, but I’m trying to organize all my potential resources together. Plus, some of y’all may not have heard about the same resources I have! (The internet’s a big place!)
If anyone has any cool resources they’d like to share, even if you’re not a librarian, please feel more than welcome to do so!
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Virtual Programming
Decision Wheel – Customizable for decisions as well as how many times the decision can be picked.
Flipgrid – Kind of like a controlled discussion forum where the person/people in charge of the discussion group can record instructions and give prompts, and users can respond via video or writing. You can decide whether the posts need to be moderated by an adult or not, can allow guests and parents to join in on the conversation via a special password, and only people invited to the group can view or comment.
Genially – Service to create all sorts of things, from infographics and tutorials to virtual escape rooms and more.
Magnetic Poetry Online for Kids – A virtual magnetic poetry kit. You can share the work with others or write poems on your own.
Making Posters, Social Media Pics, and Blog Posts
Cool Text Graphic Generator – Really useful for making text that looks cool. They also have some options for creating images you can use for buttons if you know the HTML to create buttons on your website.
Creative Commons Image Search – Browse over 500 million images available for reuse.
Genially – Service to create all sorts of things, from infographics and tutorials to virtual escape rooms and more.
Pexels – A database of free stock photos. (Make sure you credit the artists who so kindly upload their work!)
PosterMyWall – A site for creating professional-looking things like posters and social media posts. You can do a heck of a lot with it but it’s super user-friendly. I personally find it way easier to use than Canva.
PostImages – Allows you to resize images as well as to create image links (particularly useful if you want to use a picture or gif from your computer but you need an image web link for some reason.
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intothestacks · 7 days ago
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"*chanting* Open it! Open it!"
Preschoolers as I read to them from the lift-the-flap book “Where’s Spot?’ by Eric Hill, every time a new potential hiding spot was revealed. 
(They were saying “open it” because the flaps looked like little doors and box lids, so in their minds I was opening the doors and boxes).
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intothestacks · 8 days ago
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Adventures in Librarian-ing
Me: Today’s story is called The Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend. Has anyone here ever had an imaginary friend?
Kids: *a few hands go up*
Me: What kind of friend did you have?
Kid: A creepy one.
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intothestacks · 10 days ago
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Today after work I stopped by the library I’ll be working at (it’s literally across the street from the school) and my school’s district head librarian was there because she works at the public library too. 
And you know how I’ve been reading the first book in a series to the Grade 4s this year? Well, she told me that the library has had several kiddos come in asking for the books in the series.
I connected with the kids! They listened when I said the public library has the books from the series and they want to read more! 
*happy dances*
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* I wanted to ask whether they have any preferences regarding how to go about getting the kids at school signed up for library cards
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govt-job-alerts · 12 days ago
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SSSB Recruitment 2021 - 750 School Librarian Posts Apply Online
SSSB Recruitment 2021 – 750 School Librarian Posts Apply Online
SSSB Recruitment 2021 Subordinate Selection Service Board (अधीनस्थ चयन सेवा बोर्ड) has positions open for 750 School Librarian Posts in Punjab (India). All positions require a minimum 12th Pass, Diploma from any recognized Institution in India or abroad. The closing date for applications is 26 April 2021 Interested persons should submit an application online with a resume and a cover…
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ami-ven · 13 days ago
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Happy National School Librarian Day!
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intothestacks · 16 days ago
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3 Comics for Kids With Female Protagonists
Despite their bad reputation, comic books are actually great for kids, teaching them how to read both words as well as images in one fell swoop. They also help enforce the concept that you can take hints about the text from the images and vice versa.
Plus, they're particularly good at catching (and keeping) the attention of beginner and reluctant readers alike, who feel less overwhelmed at the amount of text per page and end up reading more than they realize.
In short, comics are just great, okay? When in doubt, go for comics.
The three titles below are three fantabulous graphic novels featuring spunky, strong heroines and that are marketed for 8 to 12 year-olds (though I think they're worth a read even if you're a teen or a grownup). 
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The Olga series by Elise Gravel (Canadian author!)
This series starts out with “Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere", about a young scientist who is the first to discover a species she dubs olgamus ridiculus. With the help of some of her friends, she sets forth to do some science and research the creature she has uncovered.
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The Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi
When Emily and Navin’s dad dies in a car accident, their mom decides to move them to their ancestral home. There, Emily comes across a magical amulet and a door to another world which she is tasked with saving with the help of her brother and some robot friendss. The journey won’t be easy or safe, and using the amulet’s power may come at a price…
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El Deafo by Cece Bell
A semi-autobiographical story about Cece, who’s transferring to a school with kids who aren’t deaf. She’s being made to wear a clunky, powerful hearing aid to help her hear the teacher, which she’s not so thrilled about…. Until she makes the discovery that her hearing aid is so powerful that she can hear her teacher from anywhere in the school! (Note: There is some mild swearing at one point in the story)
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intothestacks · 20 days ago
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"My job hasn't changed much since the pandemic, because we writers kind of already work in a state of self-imposed quarantine from home. The ways it has changed has been for the better; because everything is virtual now I can visit kids from all over the world like yourselves that I otherwise never would have met."
Chris Grabenstein, in regard to the question “Has your job changed much due to what’s going on in the world right now?” during his virtual visit with my Grade 4 classes
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intothestacks · 21 days ago
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"As a great writer once said, 'There's no such thing as good writing, only good rewrites'. The great thing about that is that once you understand that your first draft will never be your final draft you pretty much have gotten rid of writer's block. Because writer's block only happens if you're trying to write a final draft right from the beginning."
Chris Grabenstein in the virtual author visit with my Grade 4 classes. 
One of the kids had asked if he ever went back and changed stuff he’d written and his response was “Boy, do I! Only every single day!” and proceeded to impart the importance of rewriting and how it’s a natural and crucial part of the writing process. 
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intothestacks · 21 days ago
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Adventures in Librarian-ing
Yesterday I was passing a little nonverbal Pre-K in the hall who didn’t want to get up off the floor and go back to his classroom with the EA. I stopped by to say hello, ask how his day was going, and tell him I liked his shirt. 
He considered me for a moment, got up, grabbed my hand, and started to drag me to his classroom. His hand was so tiny he was holding my hand by my index finger at one point.
Later that day, when I went to read to his class he grabbed me by the hand again and pulled me over to his seat because he wanted me to sit with him.
Methinks I have a fan.
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intothestacks · 23 days ago
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Adventures in Librarian-ing
Today I reminded the Grade 4s that after we finish the book we’ve been reading we’ll get to watch the movie. One kid was very anxious to know whether we’d start watching the movie on Friday because he won’t be at school that day and didn’t want to miss it.
I told him I could guarantee that we wouldn’t be starting the movie this week because we still have another week to go before we get to the end of the book.
He was very relieved.
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intothestacks · a month ago
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Adventures in Librarian-ing
Me: *arriving at school during recess time*
Kid 1: *to Kid 2, clearly playing some kind of action adventure* Go! Go! Go!
Kid 1: *sees me, stops mid sprint* Hi Miss Flecha!
Kid 2: *stops beside their friend* Hi!
Me: Hello!
Kid 1 & Kid 2: *immediately resume running*
Kid 1: *gets a cramp* Oh no, I’m hit! I’m hit! I’m injured!
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intothestacks · a month ago
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Adventures in Librarian-ing
So, I heard the Baby Shark song for the first time this Thursday. The Pre-Ks put on a puppet show for me with puppets they made themselves. (One of the classes presented twice because they were so excited about their show!)
Upside: It was beyond adorable.
Downside: I now have the Baby Shark song stuck in my head on repeat.
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previously-engaged · 4 months ago
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my elementary school librarian deserves a post, so here's some things about her I only really realized were very badass after I left that school:
- She drove a herse
- She is/was a drummer in a band
- She had a pet snake and she would bring it to the school library once a year and let students hold him(The snake was named Donatello)
- The only shoes she would wear were combat boots laced with these cool ribbon-looking laces
- She took krav maga lessons and one time made a joke about using that to find kids with overdue books
- She was the only teacher who didn't treat the cultures we were supposed to be learning about like costumes (american school system, yay! /s)
- One time she spent a half hour ranting about books getting banned just because characters were lgbtq+
- She made the school start a bee garden outside of the library
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open-library · 5 months ago
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Let me introduce the school library where I work. Songgok Girls' High School Library is a school library located in Seoul, Korea. The library of Songgok Girls' High School continues to grow like an organism. In February 2020, the library of Songgok Girls' High School was refurbished with a space of 300 square meters. The private study room with high partitions was removed and the library was renovated into an open space like a book cafe. The library at Songgok Girls' High School did not close its doors even in Corona 19. Because the library was wider than the classroom, it was advantageous to keep social distance. The newly created book cafe library also had an advantage for teachers to produce online classes.
https://youtu.be/9lIAUggi5cY
If you want to see the library of Songgok Girls' High School in detail, please watch the videos on this channel.
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https://youtube/r6wklOVp5-Q
https://youtu.be/33gN3HN2IJE
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paddysnuffles · 6 months ago
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Today I pulled an all-nighter. As I was getting into bed to try to sleep my phone rang. Turned out it was a prospective employer asking if I was available come in for an interview this morning. 
They apologized for being so sudden (apparently there was a mix-up of whether HR or the principal of the school was supposed to call me with antecedence and neither ended up doing it), and offered to make the meeting via zoom if in person wouldn’t work.
“It’s only 40 minutes away, I can come in,” I said as I rolled out of bed. 
What followed was one of those scenes out of a movie where someone is bouncing around the house half dressed as they haphazardly get ready (complete with a “Hey, do these pants go well with this shirt?” moment).
And you know what? Despite all odds, I think the interview went really well! :D
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asexualsartemis · 9 months ago
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Made a post in a librarian FB group about making a list of major racism and sexism in books so we can weed them, and instead get comments of "this is censorship!" and the contradicting cries of "don't go looking for it!" and "use these books as teachable moments".
First of all, no. Second, how am I supposed to know what books need "teachable moments" if we DONT GO LOOKING FOR IT?
I work elementary level, so I feel like this is more critical because kids don't really have the proper skills to make their own distinctions on these things yet.
That said, please leave any books you've found that meet this criteria - explanations please!
Thank you.
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asexualsartemis · 10 months ago
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(elementary) school librarians, I need your help!
I'm always thmrying to find better ways to organize my library for the kids to navigate better. With classes only getting 20 mins to browse, this is crucial.
How do you set up your libraries in order to help students find diverse and queer books without.... othering them in the collection?
I do have buckets for popular series, and picture books to grab and go, but I'd love to showcase diverse and queer books so they can actually FIND them.
Any help would be appreciated!
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