Monday, January 25, 2016

Sweet marketing materials!

Don't forget to look in our Digital Resources Marketing Materials for sweet resources for Valentine's Day! Check the Digital Library folder too! Use in Tweets, Facebook or just print.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

TexQuest Tuesday


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.


Teachers and librarians will love the upgrades to Kids InfoBits.  Effective December 11, many of the features you have been asking for are now  included:
  • Mobile Responsive Design - adjusts to mobile devices
  • New Browse Topics View - all topics on a single page
  • Ability to filter searches by content level
  • Google Drive and Google Classroom Integration
Continue here for more information

or read about details in the Gale blog.

Monday, January 11, 2016

ALA Youth Media Awards 2016

The American Library Association announced the 2016 top books for children and young adults this morning at its midwinter meeting in Boston.




The Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature went to LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET by Matt de la Pena.










The Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children went toFINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS BEAR, illustrated by Sophie Blackall.









The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults went to BONE GAP by Laura Ruby.








The entire list of all the 2016 award winners can be found at: http://ala.unikron.com/2016/

Library Services will purchase a copy of the Caldecott winner for all elementary schools, a copy of the Newbery winner for all elementary and middle schools, and a copy of the Printz for all high schools.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

TEA is updating the ELAR TEKS - here's the first draft!

The English and Spanish language arts and reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) review committees' first draft recommendations are now posted on the TEA website for informal public feedback. The drafts were developed by the English and Spanish language arts and reading TEKS review committees appointed by members of the SBOE.

The first draft recommendations for the English language arts and reading TEKS and instructions for submitting feedback to the committees may be accessed here.

The first draft recommendations for the Spanish language arts and reading and English as a Second Language TEKS and instructions for submitting feedback to the committees may be accessed here.



Informal feedback will be accepted in response to the draft recommendations through January 25, 2016. Comments on the proposed revisions will help to inform the review committee's final recommendations.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Power Videos

Seems everyone wants a new look for 2016!  Power Videos, powered by Learn 360, has relaunched with a brand-new platform, new content and new tools. These enhancements make Learn 360 an even more powerful tool for flipped classrooms, blended learning, project-based learning and 1:1 environments. New video playback controls now feature fast-forward, slow motion, and theatre mode.

Take a Tour of the new site!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

And the winners are...

The drawing for the extra travel stipends was held this afternoon, using the random number generator. Each person that entered was assigned a number and we let the computer do the rest!

Congratulations to these lucky winners:


  • Alison Reyes
  • Jini Perez
  • Karen Syblik
  • Marnie Cushing
  • Mary McWilliams
  • Sharon Harman

Staff development opportunities for Spring/Summer 2016

Region 10 is offering a blend of webinars and face to face sessions this Spring/Summer that will benefit school librarians. Click the links below for more info!

Library Coop offerings - Spring 2016

Reading/Language Arts offerings - Spring/Summer 2016


TexQuest Tuesday

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.


Tell your Special Education professionals that TexQuest has Text to Speech capabilities. It may be one of the best gifts you share this week. STAAR A has a text to speech function, and many special education teachers are looking for a similar resource so their students can practice. Show them the "read aloud" features in Gale and Britannica, and they will get excited about all of the other resources TexQuest provides for students. We have created an infographic to promote this feature. Print it, use it for a quick presentation, or send the url to your special education teachers and let them discover these resources on their own. A "how to" slide show has also been created and linked to the infographic. Feel free to copy the slides, add your district access information, and let your teachers know what a wonderful resource you are. Continue for links to the infographic and slide show.

Here's the text of an email that you could edit and send out:

Did you know that some of our library's digital resources have a text to speech feature? This means that the computer can read the text to your students. Click the links below for more info or come see me in the library. I would love to show you how to access these tools!

Text to Speech in TexQuest (Google Slides presentat

Britannica School

Gale Research in Context

Monday, January 4, 2016

Top Shelf promotions

Congratulations to the schools below who had at least 10 books checked out from the Digital Library over the holidays!

Overall, we had 806 checkouts from December 18-January 3.





















Don't forget to promote this resource to teachers and students as a way for them to get reading materials on evenings, weekends and holidays when the library is not open.

Way to go!

Tumblebooks has a new look!

TumbleBooks has a new look for the new year! Read about the new features below and check out the new interface!

When you choose a book, you will now see a "You may also like" feature on the bottom of the page.

We've updated the TumbleSearch feature, which now has 8 fields to choose from! In addition to searching by Title, Author, and Reading Levels (like AR and Lexile), you can also search by Subject, Genre, Language, and TumbleTime! Plus, our brand new "Auto-Complete" code compensates for typos and spelling mistakes! It's never been easier to find the exact book you are looking for!

Coming in the next couple months is an awesome collection of award winning novels from HarperCollins! Judy Bloom's "Ramona Quimby, Age 8", and "Ramona Forever"! Neil Gaiman's "Fortunately, The Milk," and "Coraline" (Graphic Novel)! We're also thrilled to announce that "Ella Enchanted", "The Year of Billy Miller", "Surviving the Applewhites", and "One and Only Ivan" are also on the way.

Access to your subscription - by computer, laptop, iPad, or other mobile devices - remains the same! And, as always, you can switch back and forth between the English, French, Spanish, and Mobile sites using the drop down menu on the top right hand corner of the page.