Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Every day is library day

Everyone who cares about creating lifelong readers and thinkers needs to watch this video! Then those people should share it with others who also work with kids, but just might need a nudge in helping kids learn to love reading.

Who is this person who sees such value in point of need access to the library? Jen Jones (@hellojenjones) is a K-12 reading specialist, curriculum writer, staff developer, and - although this is not included in her official bio - I would say staunch library supporter. Her web site is Hello Literacy.

Thank you Jen!

Every Day is Library Day - Instragram Live from Jen Jones, Hello Literacy® on Vimeo.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Upcoming CODE.ORG workshops at Region 10

I know that many of you have been tasked with offering coding opportunities for your students and might be interested in the following professional learning class from Region 10:

We are glad to announce a CS professional development opportunity from at R10 ESC. is providing a no cost workshop for educators interested in learning/teaching coding. Over 6,000 teachers have participated in a similar workshop, and the majority say it’s the best PD they’ve ever attended. 

Teachers will receive FREE swag bags, classroom supplies to begin using in the classroom, certificates at the end of the professional development, and lunch.

9/23 Registration Link

10/28 Registration Link 

12/2 Registration Link 

The workshops begin in September, so please share this information with anyone else (teachers, administrators, central office) who might be interested.

Thank you and have a great week.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

New Timeline for Book Orders

At the Destiny training in August, you all received information regarding the book budget for this year.

Now that September 1 has come and gone, you may begin submitting orders to Library Services using the following guidelines:

  • Each order must total in excess of $500.
  • Plan to submit orders that equal 2/3 of your total budget by November 30.
  • Submit orders to spend the rest of your budget by March 31.

Since you are now able to submit orders throughout the year, you may send in orders for your extra sets of Bluebonnet, Lone Star and Tayshas books as those lists are published. (Library Services will still provide one set.)

Mockingbird list for 2018 will be available in mid-October. 

For more information, please see the ordering procedures page on the Policies and Procedures site.

Questions? Contact Cathy Hall.

Image citation: Money. Photography. Britannica ImageQuest, Encyclop√¶dia Britannica, 25 May 2016. Accessed 7 Sep 2017.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Region 10 Library Services Coop Offerings Fall 2017

Mesquite ISD is a member of the Region 10 Library Services Cooperative which allows us access to their PD offerings free of charge. Some sessions may be of interest to instructional specialists/coaches or classroom teachers also, so feel free to share!

Click here for the Fall 2017 schedule.