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Mars Patel… Get to Know That Name (and Podcast)

I am hooked… (to the podcast The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel) and cannot wait for season 2.  As a huge fan of podcasts this happens often as I discover a new podcast and just can’t stop talking about it. What makes this show so much more exciting is that it is written for and recorded by kids.  One of my students is even in the cast and I didn’t know it till episode 10!

This middle grade mystery centers around strange happenings at Pruitt Prep and if you give it a chance, it will make you a fan of the spoken word as well.

 

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Podcast To Engage Inquisitive Kids

Podcasts… the new old school way to learn.  I love them and listen to them regularly as well as want to make one with students in 2016-2017.  So, when I was told about Brains On last week, I instantly placed it in my podcast feed and anxiously awaited a few minutes of uninterrupted time to test it out.  Well… I am happy to say that I am hooked and am more excited to start my own next school year.  Brains On encourages curiosity and explains in kid friendly terms answers to their questions.  Here is a sample from their website.

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Creating Modern Storytellers – NJASL 2015

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.

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Support our library

Since 2014, the Clinton Library has been actively using the site Donors Choose to support library projects.  We have had 16 projects funded and I cannot thank the support of the local community enough.  Our newest grants helped bring Makey Makey sets to the library and we are still loving our expanded Makerspace with robots and Osmo Numbers. To see our past projects, please visit our page.

 http://www.donorschoose.org/jlatimer

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