Friday, December 16, 2016

Happy holidays from Library Services

Wishing you all a joyful holiday season!

(Click through to see the embedded video if you're reading via email.)

Thursday, December 15, 2016


Favorite finds from around the web. 

***The Thursday Three will go on hiatus for the Winter Break and return on January 5. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!***


Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2017 Little Maverick Graphic Novel List

The 2017 Little Maverick Graphic Novel reading list is now available! The Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List is a recommended reading list designed for children in grades K-5. The purpose of the list is to encourage students to explore a variety of current graphic novels.  It is also a great collection development tool. 

You may view the list at .   They are currently updating the website and forthcoming there will be an all new resources page for the starred titles on the list. 

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Season's Readings 2016 from Library Services

In keeping with the traditional holiday song, The 12 Days of Christmas, Library Services would like to gift you with 12 book recommendations. These are some of our favorite books from 2016 and we hope that you will find a reading treat among them to give yourself over the holidays. Click on the ornaments below to find our "gifts" for you!
We hope that one of these books of Christmas finds its way to your home this holiday season. If you have a book for us, please leave it in the comments below!

Monday, December 12, 2016

Teacher Day at TLA 2017

Below is the text of an email that I received. If you have teachers who might be interested in attending TLA, please check out the info below!

We are excited to announce a new event coming to the 2017 TLA Annual Conference.  Teacher Day @ TLA, on Friday, April 21, is designed especially for classroom teachers with the goal of developing library advocates.  One hundred classroom teachers will have the opportunity to learn more about the value of teacher/librarian collaboration through specially designed activities, including conference sessions, guest speakers, and other engaging activities.  A very special invitation-only breakfast will take place on Friday for participating teachers and their sponsoring librarians.

Now is the time for interested librarians to identify motivated teachers, invite them to attend the conference with you, and assist in helping them secure permission and travel funding. For $155, Teacher Day @ TLA attendees will receive full conference registration, attendance at the special invitation-only breakfast, focused activities on Friday, and a one year membership to TLA.

For additional information and updates, visit our website or - better yet - encourage a teacher to fill out the Teacher Day @ TLA Application Form now!

Thanks to all of our Teacher Day@TLA sponsors:
·        ABDO
·        Follett School Solutions
·        Junior Library Guild
·        OverDrive

  • Perma-Bound

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Grant opportunity

Applications for TLA's Christina B. Woll Memorial Grant are now being accepted at  The application deadline is January 31, 2017.  

Be sure to read the "Tips for a Successful Application" before applying.  The "Tips" page also describes how grant applicants will be notified of the committee's decision and what documentation will be required of the grant recipient.

The Christina B. Woll Memorial Fund was established to perpetuate Christina’s love of reading and commitment to providing quality literature to children.  Based on the merits of individual applications, awards of up to $600 will be granted prior to the 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
Applicants must be TLA members.

Please visit for more information and to submit your application.


Favorite finds from around the web. 


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

LITE UP Conference coming soon!

Consider attending the 2017 LITE UP conference on Thursday, January 19th hosted by Dallas County Schools. There is a $25 fee to attend, but it is well worth it.  
  • Breakfast and lunch included
  • Fabulous Shannon Miller is this year's keynote (The Library Voice Blog)
  • Travis Allen, founder of the iSchool Initiative, is the lunch keynote and he's bringing his "Escape the Bus" for a fun learning experience
  • Network with librarians around the metroplex
  • Vendors available for questions
  • Great sessions on Makerspace, Coding, PD badging and more
  • MISD tech facilitators, Kristi Petty and Selena Knight with a session for next year's Bluebonnet list

Monday, December 5, 2016

December Digital Resource

One of the top skills employers look for in graduates is, "the ability to obtain and process information".  Opposing Viewpoints in Context can help your students build these needed research skills.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Are you up for the Follett Challenge?

The Follett Challenge is an advocacy program designed to give educators a platform to share their stories of innovating ways to teach skills needed in the 21st century. I know many of you are  implementing a unique, collaborative program that engages students and teaches skills needed in the 21st century.

Entries are being accepted now through December 23.  Please consider entering this contest that pays out $200,000 in Follett materials and/or services to 13 individual schools.  The contest is fairly simple to enter and they historically have had less than 150 entries per year.  An entry consists of a short (3-5 min.) video and a written component that describes how the school uses innovative methods to teach skills needed in the 21st century.

The Grand Prize is worth $60,000, but there will also be other prizes including ten $8000 People’s Choice Video Winners.  The People’s Choice is determined by votes received, so parents, teachers, students neighbors, etc. can all participate to help a school win.

Information about the program may be found at  

I hope some of you will enter!