Friday, September 30, 2016

BIG Library Read

Middle and High school librarians--Get ready to participate in the  Big Library Read  through Overdrive.  The book will also be available for all MISD staff. The title will be available as an ebook in the EPUB, Kindle, Read and PDF formats for simultaneous use.  The Big Library Read will run from October 13-27. Find out more about the book, This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp on the Big Library Read page. You can find marketing materials in our Marketing for Digital Resources Google folder.

Told from four perspectives over the course of 54 harrowing minutes, the students of a fictional high school (Opportunity High) struggle to both survive and understand why one boy started shooting at 10:00 am.  This is Where it Ends is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Publishers Weekly Bestseller, a Barnes and Nobel Top Pick and an ABC Best Book for young readers.

Thursday, September 29, 2016


Favorite finds from around the web. 


Looking to spice up your orientation next year? File this idea away.



Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Texas TEEN Book Festival 2016 - October 1, 2016

​This sounds like an amazing event!

The Texas Book Festival, in a partnership with BookPeople and venue sponsor St. Edward’s University, is pleased to present the Texas Teen Book Festival 2016, a FREE one-day event that celebrates the teen reading experience by inviting teens to visit with many of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors. This year's festival will feature 34 authors with an expected attendance of more than 4,000 teens, parents, teachers, and librarians from across the state.

We are thrilled to host so many amazing authors for 2016! 

This year we welcome
  • Mindy Kaling from “The Mindy Project” and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns),
  • Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows)
  • Laini Taylor (Daughter of Smoke & Bone series and Strange the Dreamer)

 as our keynote speakers. 

For our annual Texas Throwdown Game Showwe will witness authors Sabaa Tahir, Rene S. Perez II, David Arnold, Caleb Roehrig, E.K. Johnston, & Jeffery Self compete in an epic battle of
BC vs. AD in which they will determine if they truly belong in our 21st century or if they really need to go back in time. 

We’re excited to be bringing in some significant new partnerships this year, including a new workshop with, a special event with Alamo Drafthouse, and our first ever Fierce Reads Costume Contest!

For the first time ever, #TTBF is partnering with Austin’s own Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,
and on the evening of Friday, September 30the Texas Teen Book Festival, Alamo South Lamar, and Penguin Teen will host a very special screening of The Outsiders, the 1983 film adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s YA classic. Penguin authors Sabaa Tahir, David Arnold, and RenĂ©e Ahdieh will join the exclusive event for a Q&A with Sarah Pitre from Drafthouse and Forever YA and chat about The Outsiders, a seminal work of the YA genre, and its special spot in their hearts as writers for a young adult audience. 

By purchasing a ticket for the film screening, you are automatically entered for a chance to win a spot at our TTBF Author Social, where you can meet, talk, rub elbows with some of the TTBF 2016 authors, and get answers to those questions you’ve been dying to ask! For more details and a link to purchase tickets, visit our website.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

***The festival is free and open to everyone***

 Saturday, October 1, 2016
 8:00am – 6:30pm
 St. Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704
Book Sales:
 Start at 8am and will last all day. Please visit HERE for signing guidelines and a list of available books for sale.

Keynote Author(s) and
 Special Events
  • In Conversation with Mindy Kaling
  • TTBF Texas Throwdown Game Show - Sabaa Tahir, Rene S.
  • Perez II, David Arnold, Caleb Roehrig, E.K. Johnston, & Jeffery Self
  • Afternoon Keynote - Laini Taylor
  • Closing Keynote - Leigh Bardugo
  • Badgerdog Poetry Workshop with Carrie Fountain
  • Badgerdog Poetry Workshop with Sasha West
  • Barrio Writers Writing Workshop with Sarah Rafael Garcia
  • Fierce Reads Costume Contest
  • Typewriter Rodeo
  • Fiction Contest Winners announced

Parking is FREE! Bringing a busload of students? Buses may park in the parking lot adjacent to the St. Edwards’
 Parking Garage (located next to the Diane Daniels Softball Field off Woodward Street). Individuals and carpools may use the parking garage or its adjacent lot.

Festival Schedule:



Join the conversation on Facebook and on Twitter - @TXTeenBookFest!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Teen Read Week 2016 is coming!

Teen Read Week is coming up, October 10-14, 2016. The theme this year is READ FOR THE FUN OF IT.

Have you started planning yet?

For ideas and inspiration, see the official web site:

How will you encourage your students to READ FOR THE FUN OF IT?

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Favorite finds from around the web. 


Practical ideas for implementing a flexible schedule. 
The embedded video is great!



60 quick and easy formative assessments.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Book ordering info - Fall 2016

It's time to be working on fall book orders for your campus. 

As you select materials for your collection, please remember to use the criteria set forth in the district Selection of Instructional Materials policy (EFA Local) and make sure that each title has at least one positive review. 

Note: Reviews may come from professional journals or the MISD Preview Library database.

Here at Library Services, we have made a minor change to the ordering process that will ensure your orders are placed quickly and accurately:
Going forward, please send in a Book Order Cover Sheet with each order that you would like us to place for you. 
This applies to all book orders, no matter what budget is to be used.
Other information regarding compiling and submitting book orders can be found here.

Happy ordering!

Monday, September 19, 2016


 We circulated over 75,000 ebooks/audiobooks this last year! YOU deserve all the credit.  You are making connections with teachers and students and offering reading in more than one format!  YOU are Checkout Champions!

Let's make it 100,000 this year!

If you would like to advertise this on your campus, I have added several images to the shared Google marketing materials folder. Put it on your website! BE PROUD!

Thursday, September 15, 2016


Favorite finds from around the web. 


Ever had a book hangover?


5 tips for connecting with your principal.


A thematic approach to makerspaces.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Region 10 Fall Staff Development Opportunities

From Terry Roper, Region 10 Library Consultant:

Hello All.  I hope your 2016-2017 school year is off to a lovely start!  I have attached the Fall listing of learning opportunities for distribution.  Registration is now open for these sessions.

In addition to the face-to-face sessions listed on the flyer, we are also moving into more user-based learning opportunities so will be scheduling Slow Twitter chats to conduct virtual book studies of professional articles and books.  We will utilize professional e-books and peer-reviewed journal resources in TexQuest to be cost-effective.  We will also offer facilitated discussions of selected TEDTalks to encourage librarians to be aware of current issues, strategies, and thought-provoking ideas in order to better support students in the library.

Please visit and click on the Be IN THE KNOW link to add yourself to the contact list if you haven't already.  There is also a button for library listserv registration for more formal communication.

Looking forward to working with you as we work collaboratively to create readers and thinkers who can navigate our growing world of information.

Thursday, September 8, 2016


Favorite finds from around the web. 


Create a successful makerspace in 4 steps.


Interesting results of a new survey about e-readership.


What does the next generation of the school library look like?

Thursday, September 1, 2016

A new Titlewave feature

from our Follett rep, Harvey Smith:

If your folks are about to start building lists, then the latest Titlewave upgrade might be useful.  “New for You” is a feature that matches a curated list of new releases against a schools collection.  It provides notification about new books in series or works from favorite authors.  “New for You” uses the data from a school’s most recent Titlewise Analysis to generate the matches.  While still in beta testing, this terrific innovation promises to be a huge timesaver!

Harvey would be happy to come out and do a personal demo for you on this and other Titlewave features. If you need his contact information to set up an appointment, let us know.


Favorite finds from around the web. 


This simple idea can be adapted for all levels.


Is listening to an audiobook "cheating"? Maybe not.


Proof that libraries do make a difference in people's lives!