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.
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!
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.
Applications for TLA's Christina B. Woll Memorial Grant are now being accepted at www.txla.org/woll-grant. 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
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.