Monday, January 30, 2012
Item #2218 - Playaway earbuds ($57.04 for a package of 50)
Item #2219 - Playaway battery covers ($2.50 for a package of 5)
Note: Locations will be determined after registration is complete.
Reading Beyond Print: E Ink, iPads and More
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Presenter: Chris Harris
Ebooks are coming, but what is the best way to integrate them into your library? Things are moving fast, but clear answers are hard to find. As a member of the ALA Digital Content Working Group and ebook reader for more than 10 years, Christopher Harris will share both his personal knowledge and updates from around the country. This webinar will explore three models based around local hardware, streaming access, and ebook downloads.
Click here to register.
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (3/12)
All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers (5/12)
Plus an already published book, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Texas reading lists are up-to-date on TeachingBooks.net!
Online resources to help you promote the Bluebonnet and other Texas booklists include:
- Video book trailers
- Audio name pronunciations
- Lesson plans
- Multimedia interviews with authors and illustrators
Access them from the TeachingBooks.net home page:
Click on the "Reading List Resources" icon.
Or, click on these direct links to the resources for awards:
- 2011-2012 Bluebonnet Award Nominees
- 2012-2013 Bluebonnet Award Nominees
- 2011-2012 Tejas Star Book Award Nominees
... see all Texas Reading List Resources.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Texas Bluebonnet Award - MISD Voting Form
If I got a vote, I'd pick The Strange Case of the Origami Yoda.
What was your favorite? Leave a comment and let us know!
Thursday, January 26, 2012
At the meeting I attended, the committee was going back through the list of nominees. Audience members were invited to comment on the titles if they wanted and committee members were advocating for their favorites and trying to sway other committee members into voting for particular titles. There was such rich conversation about the books. This group took very seriously their charge to select only the absolute "best" of the year.
One of their meetings featured about 80 local middle and high school students, who were invited to come and talk about which books they thought should be on the list. Each student prepared for this meeting by reading 20 or more books from the 200 titles that were under consideration. It was fascinating to hear which books they liked and did not like and why.
These are some of the titles that got high praise from the kids:
Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend by Gary Ghislain
The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch
Firelight by Sophie Jordan
The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
The Floating Islands by Rachel Neumeier
This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel
The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
Divergent by Veronica Roth (this one was the most popular; one girl even touted it as the next Twilight or Hunger Games)
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Between by Jessica Warman
Here is a video I took as the Newbery was announced.
The list of all the winners is here.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Monday, January 9, 2012
Click here to see the whole collection.
These fabulous resources are created by Gwyneth Jones (aka The Daring Librarian) under a Creative Commons, Attribution, Non-Commercial & Share-Alike license, so feel free to use, share and embed as you wish!
Thank you, Gwyneth!
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Here is the Spring 2012 flyer for the Library Services Cooperative. Spring will be a very busy semester for all educators and I know time is very valuable so I have been very careful to not offer too many sessions this semester and to make sure the ones offered will be very relevant. We are happy to encourage teachers to attend any relevant sessions along with your library staff.
Outside of the R10 cooperative offerings, there are several state and national conferences for librarians in our area which are also listed on the flyer. In addition to the flyer, I am ready and willing to drive out to your districts to work with teachers and librarians after-school, full-day or half-day and can offer librarian support for CSCOPE, STAAR, and Project Share so please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to discuss this further.
The summer flyer will be out in a few months will some fantastic sessions for your summer professional development enjoyment!
Please feel free to share the attached flyer with your library personnel. Note, online registration for these courses will be open on January 1, 2012.
Warmest Season's Greetings to you all!