Tuesday, October 30, 2012

From Houdini to Hugo

Last Friday night I stumbled upon an unexpected surprise.

I was at the Irving Arts Center to see a friend in the Lyric Stage production of 1776 (running through this weekend) and noticed some familiar artwork on the walls of the lobby. Taking a closer look, I discovered that it was an entire exhibit of original illustrations by Brian Selznick!

The exhibit is called From Houdini to Hugo and features over 90 original drawings and paintings from 17 of Selznick’s books, among them: The Houdini Box, Walt Whitman: Words for America, Amelia and Eleanor Go for a Ride, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Frindle.

You can see these wonderful drawings through December 30, 2012. Gallery admission is free and the hours are:
Mon, Tues, Wed and Fri: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

I hope you'll take a trip to see the exhibit and enjoy it as much as I did!

From Houdini to Hugo event details.
(Exhibition organized by the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature in Abilene, TX.)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Updated library sub list

The sub list for librarians has been updated. You can access the list from your Google Drive or use this link:

Library Sub Info

You will have to be logged in to your MISD Google Apps account to see this document.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Need $$$ for books?

Christina B. Woll Memorial Fund Awards

The Texas Library Association is now accepting applications online for the Christina B. Woll Memorial Grant.  Any Texas public or school library, that serves children 12 or under, qualifies to apply for these funds.  The applicant must be a member of the Texas Library Association.

Based on the merits of the application, an award of $600 will be granted PRIOR to the 2013 TLA Annual Conference to a Texas school or public library that demonstrates one or more of the following:
•             A commitment to providing a collection of quality children’s literature
•             A need to develop or enhance a particular part of the overall collection
•             A need to develop or enhance a particular program
•             A need to support a particular part of the curriculum
For more information and to fill out the online application please go to the TLA website:  http://www.txla.org/woll-grant
The deadline for submission is Thursday, January 31, 2013.  Please send questions to Sandy Gillman-cgillma@sbcglobal.net.

Monday, October 22, 2012

MISD libraries featured on ionmesquite.com

Mesquite ISD libraries were featured last week on ionmesquite.com.

Library Expo is coming up

The deadline for Library Expo registration is this Friday, October 26. Click the image for details.

Time to renew your TLA membership!

The TLA 2013 membership form has a new look and is now available at www.txla.org/join.   Get connected!  Be a part of an organization devoted to helping YOU accomplish your goals!  Annual membership in the Texas Library Association keeps you active and visible in the state's primary network for librarians and library workers. 

Join or renew now!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Direct download to NOOK!

Overdrive Media Console is now available for NOOK!  See article below from Overdrive:

In case you missed it, OverDrive Media Console is now available for NOOK HD, NOOK HD+, NOOK Tablet™ and NOOK Color™. This is big news for the thousands and thousands on NOOK users who have been asking for direct downloads to NOOK.

To help you get the word out, we have created a poster and web graphic to promote the use of OverDrive Media Console on NOOK. You can access these materials from our blog. Print the poster or place the web graphic on your site as appropriate. Feel free to utilize these materials to get the word out to your NOOK users.

To guide new users, we have created a step-by-step Help article on how to install OverDrive’s mobile app on the NOOK. Once the app is installed, it functions just like OverDrive Media Console for Android. Please reference Android Help articles for more information regarding functionality and features.

Friday, October 5, 2012

STAAR Support Plans due

STAAR Support Plans due October 9!


See a sample plan and download the blank form here.

You may attach your plan as a Word document and send via email or upload the blank form to Google Docs and share with me.

Don't forget to share a copy with your campus administrators also.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Texas Library Snapshot Day 2012

 What happens in a single day in your library?

Participating in Texas Library Snapshot Day will allow us to add our data to other data gathered statewide from all types of libraries. Images and statistics gathered during this month will be used to promote Texas libraries.

The "official" snapshot day is October 31, but you can select any day in October as your Snapshot Day. Here's what to do:

1. Let your staff and students know about Snapshot Day in advance. 
2. On your chosen day, collect data, stories and photographs of things happening in your library. 
3. Submit your information using the MISD Libraries Snapshot Data form (link below) by November 1.

In addition to data, you will want to collect stories from your students and teachers about how the they use the library by surveying them on paper or online.

Online Survey

Paper Survey (Word doc - you may edit as you wish)

Finally, you will also need to take some pictures during the day and email them to Debbie or Mary.

We will compile all of this data and submit it as a district.

Thanks for your participation!