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Watch and Share the 'Dan Talks it Out' animated story by M. Ann Machen Pritchard

Watch the 'Dan Talks it Out' animated story by Award Winning Author, M. Ann Machen Pritchard from her ‘Phil the Pill and Friends Making Positive Choices’ children's book. To watch the 'Dan Talks it Out' animated story and share with your class at school, Library, church, organization or with your children go to: Thank you for watching. This is a great story for children ages pre-school through 5th…


Added by M. Ann Machen Pritchard on January 22, 2015 at 7:32am — No Comments

Please Help Save Hennepin County Library's Kid and Teen Websites

Greetings Youth Educators -
Will you please take a moment to sign this petition asking the HC Commissioners to stop Hennepin County Library’s plan to shut down the KidLinks and TeenLinks websites?

Added by Glenn Peterson on June 5, 2014 at 4:35pm — No Comments

What online resources do media specialists in Minnesota use to find jobs?

Outside of Metronet's jobline,, I'm wondering where other media specialists go to find out about what jobs are out there. Do you go to each school district's web site, use Google or Bing or something else. 

I found this site,, which gave some…


Added by Michael Cowan on October 28, 2013 at 12:40pm — 2 Comments

Flipped Instruction for Middle School Science

There are two middle school science teachers from Blue Earth Area (BEA) who are interested in flipping their instruction. They are looking for other middle school science teachers who have done this and would be open to sharing their experiences with the teachers from BEA.  They would really like to visit a school to see what this looks like at the middle school level.  Please let me know if you have any teachers willing to share, and I will connect them with the teachers here.

Added by Jennifer Berkner on October 23, 2012 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Benefit for Jim Battenberg


Added by Deanna on September 28, 2012 at 10:07am — No Comments

Rain School by James Rumford


What it's about: In the country of Chad, Tomas arrives for the first day of school, and the the teacher says their first lesson is to build the school.
The Kindergarteners, 1st and 2nd graders at my school recently read this book as part of the 15 Book…

Added by Laura Given on October 25, 2011 at 6:04am — No Comments

One Copy Can Be Enough

You don't necessarily need multiple copies of each of the 15 books to have students participate in reading and voting.

In my library I only have one copy of each title. Since the majority of students who will be participating are in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades, we are enjoying the titles as a whole classes.

Part of my reasoning for this is financial, but mostly I want all of my K-2 students to be able to participate in the voting in late February. Students…


Added by Laura Given on October 24, 2011 at 9:56pm — No Comments

New Book Week 2011

A big fall celebration in my library is

New Book Week!

I buy new books throughout the year, but I tend to purchase a larger order in the spring which arrives close to the end…

Added by Laura Given on October 24, 2011 at 9:52pm — No Comments

AASL 2011 in Minneapolis!

I am thrilled to be attending AASL in Minneapolis ( - truly spitting distance from my house, were I a better spitter.

There are so many places around the Twin Cities that make me happy to live here. 

Here are just a few that you may want to explore if you are coming to the conference from out of town.…


Added by Laura Given on October 23, 2011 at 10:04am — No Comments

Something to SHOUT about! News study from SLJ!

Something to shout about: new research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores.

School Library Journal | September 01, 2011 | Lance, Keith Curry; Hofschire, Linda |   lick on the link to read the entire story.

Read it ! Print it! Give it to your Superintendent…


Added by Sally K Mays on October 3, 2011 at 11:46pm — No Comments

15 Books Wiki is Live

There is now space on wikispaces organized by book title for information, supporting links, book trailers and lesson ideas for each of the 15 books:

This is a work in progress, and I would love to add any ideas you may have. Click on the discussion tab on any of the book pages to add comments or ideas for that… Continue

Added by Laura Given on September 19, 2011 at 9:53am — No Comments

Kakapo Rescue by Sy Montgomery & Nic Bishop

Whether it's picture books, graphic novels or chapter books, I tend to be a fiction reader. But with the help of my pals in Nonfiction Navigators, I am pushing myself to read more nonfiction. Our group's book for September, Kakapo Rescue, won the Sibert Medal for informational books for…

Added by Laura Given on September 17, 2011 at 3:54pm — No Comments

5 Back to School Middle Grade Read Alouds

Since participating in the recent 10 for 10 Picture Book Event hosted by Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community and Enjoy and Embrace Learning, I have been thinking my favorite read aloud chapter books.

Very soon many of my teachers will be looking for middle grade (ages 8-12) classroom read alouds to start the year, and I have a few…


Added by Laura Given on September 2, 2011 at 3:43pm — No Comments

Student Choice Picture Book Award & Book Giveaway

In the past I have run a student choice picture book award for the students at my school. But it's not quite the same when students know it's just us doing it - there is something special about that feeling of being part of something bigger.


For that reason I have started 15 Books with the help of my district colleagues.


15 Books is open to anyone who would like to join…


Added by Laura Given on August 16, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

10 Read Alouds I Can't Live Without

This is a crazy picture heavy post. I just couldn't help myself.
I have been thinking for awhile now about my 10 "Must Have" picture books for August 10 for 10 (on twitter: #pb10for10
I wear two hats in my read aloud life, one as a school library media specialist, and the other as a…

Added by Laura Given on August 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

A Library Media Specialist . . .

Thank you to my very good friend, Cathy Jo Nelson for alerting me to this interactive poster from Jennifer LaGarde for this unique poster!  Visit her blog Adventures of Library Girl!


"Finally, I was absolutely knocked for a loop last week when so many people asked if they could share the flyer I made about what teachers/administrators should expect from their school librarians.  But my humbled shock morphed into…


Added by Sally K Mays on July 31, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

What should an Administrator expect a School Library Media Specialist to be?

As you prepare your library/classroom rules and expectations,take a look at Carl Harvey II,

What should an Administrator expect a School Library Media Specialist to be?    Click here

Added by Sally K Mays on July 31, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Gwyneth Jones ~ The Daring Librarian ~ ISTE 2011

Credit to: Neil Krasnoff's You Tube Channel:

Gwyneth Jones ~ Daring Librarian ~ at the SIGMS Forum, ISTE Conference ~ 2011 ~ Philedelphia, PA.

Credit to: Neil Krasnoff's Blog: School Technology Paradise Blog

Monday, July 18,…


Added by Tami Tagtow on July 19, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Buffy Hamilton ~ The Unquiet Librarian ~ ISTE 2011

Credit to: Neil Krasnoff's You Tube Channel:

Buffy Hamilton's presentation at ISTE in Philadelphia after flying in from ALA in New Orleans



Buffy's Blog link on July 17:

The Unquiet Librarian Blog



Added by Tami Tagtow on July 19, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

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