Thursday, November 29, 2012

December 2012/January 2013 Calendar

Here is a list of special days for the month of December/January that you might want to highlight or develop a program for in your library:

Winter Holidays

December 15 - Bill of Rights Day

January - School Board Recognition Month

January 21 - Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday/Holiday - Day of Service

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Why ebooks?

 The end of November is upon us and we are now entering the busy holiday season.  Many students and teachers will be receiving new smart phones and devices for the holidays. Make sure they are aware of the Digital Library and how to check out eBooks and audiobooks.

Need help with marketing?  Below is a link to a collection in Docushare to the poster on the left and other materials to help you promote the Digital Library. You will find bookmarks, posters, flyers, smart guides and even a short Power Point all updated with the new interface of the Digital Library.

Marketing Tools for the Digital Library

Monday, November 12, 2012

Texas Lone Star Reading List 2013-14

The new Lone Star list was announced over the weekend.

Bardugo, Leigh. Shadow and Bone. Henry Holt, 2012. 
Barnes, Jennifer Lynn. Every Other Day. Egmont USA, 2012.   

Bauer, Joan.  Almost Home. Viking, 2012.  

Blumenthal, Karen. Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different. Feiwel and Friends, 2012.  

Bragg, Georgia. How They Croaked: The Awful Ends of the Awfully Famous. Walker & Co., 2011.  

Carvell, Ted. Planet Tad. Harper Collins, 2012.   

Davies, Stephen. Outlaw: A Novel. Clarion Books, 2011.  

Flinn, Alex.  Bewitching. HarperTeen, 2012.  

Kincaid, S.J. Insignia. Katherine Tegen Books, 2012.   

Kindl, Patrice. Keeping the Castle: A Tale of Romance, Riches, and Real Estate. Viking, 2012. 

Levine, Kristin. The Lions of Little Rock. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2012. 

Lu, Marie. Legend. G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2011.   

McCall, Guadalupe Garcia. Under the Mesquite. Lee & Low Books, 2011.  
Meyer, Marissa.  Cinder. Feiwel and Friends, 2012.    

Morpurgo, Michael. An Elephant in the Garden.  Feiwel and Friends, 2011.   

Nielsen, Jennifer A. The False Prince. Scholastic Press, 2012.  

Palacio, R.J. Wonder. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.  

Petrucha, Stefan. Ripper. Philomel, 2012.   

Sonnenblick, Jordan. Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip. Scholastic Press, 2012.   

Strohmeyer, Sarah. Smart Girls Get What They Want. Balzer + Bray, 2012.  

An annotated list and other resources will soon be available at

Friday, November 9, 2012 for elementary librarians

Nick Glass, owner and founder of sends a message for elementary librarians: 

Below please find a link to a new video demonstration from In this 3-minute movie, I provide specific strategies for how elementary school librarians can easily use to support their own library and literacy work, as well as the work of their colleagues in classroom instruction. 


Elementary School Librarian Uses

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Reading program charts

Our book vendors provide charts students can use to keep track of the Bluebonnet books they have read. These charts are posted on Docushare for you to download at your convenience. Click the link and login to access.

Reading program charts

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Social survey

Participation in our social events for librarians has been declining, and we're not sure if everyone is just way too busy or if we aren't having the kind of events that you look forward to attending. Please fill out the survey below and give us your feedback. Thanks!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

November 2012 Calendar

Here is a list of special days for the month of November that you might want to highlight or develop a program for in your library:

Native American Heritage Month

Good Nutrition Month

November 4 - Daylight savings time ends

November 6 - Election Day

November 11 - Veteran's Day

November 11-17 American Education Week

November 19-23 National Family Week

November 22 - Thanksgiving