In November, I was honored to not only present on the topic of modern storytelling, but to also receive the Jean E. Harris Progressive Library Award. It was so special to be recognized for the work done at the Clinton Elementary School Library. One of the library world’s great champions, Dr. Joyce Valenza, featured my acceptance speech on her School Library Journal blog, NeverEnding Search.
On October 26th, I facilitated a presentation on computer coding and its value to school and public libraries at the New Jersey Association of School Librarians conference in Long Branch, NJ. Here is the presentation with the many reference links.
I am not a singing librarian, but for our younger technology users, I find this catchy. The site www.commonsensemedia.org offers many resources to help teach students about digital citizenship and communicating in today’s world.
Last week I starting reading Life in the Ocean: The Story of Oceanographer Sylvia Earle by Clair Nivola to my 2nd grade students. We had many connections to previous books such as Island: A Story of the Galapagos by Jason Chin and Meadowlands: A Wetlands Survival Story by Thomas Yezerski. Today though, the students wanted to know more about how Sylvia lived under the ocean for 2 weeks. They were fascinated by the mechanics of sleeping, eating and exploring with sea life. In my search for answers, I found this short video that shows a wonderful side of Sylvia Earle.
The NJASL conference was a great experience and I was able to take many ideas away for immediate school/library use. For reference, here is the presentation made by Christopher Shamburg and I.
This weekend the Maplewood Library is hosting a reading event with a Star Wars twist. Come out and celebrate the force!
Star Wars Reads Day flyer
If you are looking for another way to visualize tectonic plates and volcano creation, then check out the Discovery Channel’s Volcano Explorer. This virtual volcano is pretty cool and a lot less messy than creating one in your home!
Another option is to download Google Earth for free and take a tour of Paris. If you have Panoramio clicked under the Photos layer on the left toolbar, you can enter panoramic photos and get a sense of being in the location. Bonjour!