Friday, February 19, 2016

North Texas Teen Book Festival 2016

This event is for all lovers of YA lit - please share with your teachers!!!

April 22-23, 2016

Free to all lovers of teen and YA Lit.  The Author list just went live! Check out this amazing list of authors and be sure to check out the resources available under the Educators Tab.

But wait, there’s more…..

NTTBF  Educator Day Professional Development Sessions, April 22 at 1–4 P.M.  Free!  Must register at Region 10 website. 3 Hours PD credit! Details below...

The North Texas Teen Book Festival is proud to host Books, Books, Books: A Symposium for Educators @ NTTBF, sponsored by the Educational Service Centers of Region X and XI and Sam Houston State University.
Join Sam Houston State University professors Drs. Teri Lesesne, Rose Brock, and Karin Perry along with special guest authors for an exploration of three topics:
1. Is Any Book Ever Safe?: Selection v. Censorship;
2. Diversity is More Than a Hashtag; and
3. Label Making v. Label Breaking
Cost: Free
Credit Hours: 3 hours of Continuing Professional Education


Bonus:: A special ticketed Author luncheon will precede the staff development. Tickets will be available soon for the luncheon through the NTTBF website and you MUST purchase tickets in advance.
Luncheon is optional ticketed event with special guest authors:  Sarah Dessen,  E. Lockhart,  Ruta Sepetys! 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

TeachingBooks Webinar

TeachingBooks is offering a webinar opportunity just for librarians and teachers in Mesquite ISD. Feel free to share with anyone on your campus you think would be interested.
Enhance your literacy program with, a digital resource for Mesquite ISD. Attend a one hour session to learn about ways to bring books to life with technology and earn a certificate for your professional portfolio.
New Year, New Look at [2 sessions offered] 
3:15 - 4:15pm
Tuesday, March 1st & Wednesday, March 2

Overview:  New features and tools
Literacy Connections:  Author Studies, Literacy connections for math and science....
Developing Custom Reading Lists: Anchor Texts, STEAM Lists…
Sharing Resources
Award Winner Diverse Titles and Lists
Text Complexity Toolkit and Rubric

To access to the room:
Go to
Enter as a guest with your full name

Sessions focus on cross-curricular literacy resources, Texas reading lists (Tayshas, Lone Star, Bluebonnet, 2x2...), and more.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

TBA winner to be announced tomorrow

This information hit my inbox today and I wanted to make sure everyone saw it, so you can share with your students tomorrow!

We are so excited to share this year's winner of the Texas Bluebonnet Award! The winning book will be announced on Friday, Feb. 12 at 7 am CST. You can find the announcement posted on the TBA website<>, the TBA Facebook page<>, and on Twitter<>!

We hope you enjoyed the program as much as we have. We will be sending out a TBA participant survey soon; we value your feedback and are looking forward to your responses.

If you love TBA, consider purchasing a Texas Bluebonnet Award t-shirt in our online store: You can also purchase other Bluebonnet supplies, such as award certificates, gold seals, and more!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Maker spaces in Mesquite ISD libraries

Last year MISD secondary librarians studied the book Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering and Engineering in the Classroom with an eye towards implementing some maker space activities. The main thing we learned during this study was that makerspaces are not to be a free for all, create what you want type of space. The best use of a maker space is to give students a problem to solve or some parameters to follow when creating with the supplies. This makes the area a purposeful extension of learning and critical thinking that is a powerful motivator for kids.

This week on the TCEA blog there was a great article about how to start a makerspace that is no tech, low tech or high tech. Take a look and think about how you could incorporate some activities that will increase motivation, engagement, critical thinking and problem solving into your library program.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Catalog changes

You may have noticed our online catalog has changed to a look more consistent with our new websites!

You may have also noticed we are beginning to add titles from the Digital Library.  This is an example of an ebook for Dumplin. Just click the button, Click for Access, and it will take you directly to the Digital Library.  After logging in, it will take you to the page to borrow this title. Try it out.  Let us know what you think!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Summer staff development opportunity: Edcamp Library
Reedy High School
3003 Stonebrook Parkway
​Frisco, TX 75034
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Calling all Librarians, Media Specialists, Teacher Librarians, Library Aides, Technology Titans, and Dewey Divas! If you love books, reading, information, and technology, WE WANT YOU to join us for a day of fabulous fun and FREE professional development at Edcamp Library!  This "unconference" is the perfect way to learn from other lovers of libraries and technology while earning those much needed summer professional development hours.  At Edcamp Library, YOU provide the content and determine the path for your learning.  Have something to share?  Please do!  Want ideas? Come and get! Oh and we'll have goodies and door prizes to give away, too!  You will not want to miss this fabulous fun day!  For more information about the edcamp style of learning, check out the event web site.
Edcamp Library is  FREE event, but you must register!

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

TexQuest Tuesday: Help select additional resources

TexQuest is the statewide digital resources program that provides anytime, anywhere access to high quality, authoritative digital information for Texas students and teachers at a substantially reduced cost. In order to keep these resources for our students, we need to be using and promoting them with our teachers. Texquest Tuesday is semi-regular feature on this blog that will give you materials and information you can use to spread the word about these resources.

Don't miss your chance to help select additional TexQuest resources. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has announced that TexQuest Resource Trials will continue through February 12, 2016. Download this password-protected page, which includes the evaluation instrument, visit each resource and complete an evaluation. We sent the password out in an email - if you can't find it, let us know. All TexQuest users are encouraged to participate and be a part of this important decision. 

The votes are in!

MISD schools had a total of 4,869 students participate in the Texas Bluebonnet Award program this year, which is 41% of our 3rd-6th graders. These kids read a total of at least 24,345 books!

The votes were very close, so it will be interesting to see which book is the statewide winner. 

Here are the top three favorites in Mesquite ISD:

1st place - 572 votes

2nd place - 569 votes

3rd place - 490 votes

Thank you for promoting this program with your students, encouraging them to read these great books, and giving them a voice in choosing their favorite!

Monday, February 1, 2016


Nearpod is an intriguing solution to an "all-in-one" presentation and polling application for classroom and other large iPad environments. The app provides the ability to upload existing presentations as well as create new ones from scratch. Adding interactive features such as question/answer polling, surveys and drawings are easy and the entire pacing of the presentation is controlled from the teacher's iPad.

The district pays for all librarians to have an account so you definitely want to check out this tool and see how useful it can be in your library. Use these Student Task cards to help get started. Your tech facilitator can help you get started if you have never tried a Nearpod.

You may need to download Nearpod(from the APP store) on your iPad if you don't already have it.  After you download, click sign-in and then choose to login with your Google credentials.