Thursday, April 08, 2010

Freeze and Read to Save Libraries

During the last day of National Library Week I am asking you to answer the call to save libraries. At 4:00 PM on the last day of National Library week, Saturday, April 17th Freeze and Read to Save Libraries. I have a vision of libraries in the future and it is of vital community hubs, not of rotting wastelands of dusty books. Help make sure libraries have a future, support your local library!

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Circulate This! Stories from the School Library

This is great! The California School Library Association (CSLA) is always on the cutting edge of learning and promoting the good things in the library profession. Now they have put together, Circulate This! Stories from the School Library, a digital journal promoting school libraries. Click on the link to listen to the audio journal.

According to the CSLA website the stories in the audio journal were collected by Joe McHugh and Connie Williams. Connie Williams is the audio journal’s narrator and Joe McHugh did the audio production. The production sounds as slick as a National Public Radio program complete with music transitions and interludes performed by Martin Simpson and Joe Weed of Gourd Music. Based on the premiss “Strong school libraries build strong students and lifelong learner,” the audio journal seeks to highlight the value of of school libraries. Hopefully it will be the first in a series of looks into the school library. To that end I ask you to take this audio file on a little web journey! Lets see if, as Joyce Valenza has asked, we can make this production, this audio journal of library stories, go viral on the web. I am doing my part by promoting this 27.4mb audio file. Won’t you do the same? Tweet it, share it on Facebook, e-mail it to your teachers, staff, and administration, blog about it, and have your students listen to it in library class. Let’s see if a simple audio file promoting school libraries can make a difference in libraries and library funding. The dividends will be a informed electorate, lifelong learners who will grow into active, knowledgeable, ethical, and empathetic citizens. And it is school librarians that make the difference. At this time when so many in education and in school libraries are loosing their jobs, lets do something that can make a difference. If you do nothing but listen to the audio journal you will make a difference. It will change the way you look at your school librarian and together you can be the change you want to see in your school. I just finished listening and it inspired me to write this blog post. What will it inspire in you? Listen and find out and feel free to share what you learn by adding a comment below.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Be a Change Agent

BE the Change Agent! This was the topic in the TL Virtual Cafe FREE Webinar Tonight! I for one did not go in and add to the slideshare that was created but I think this is very cool and wanted to share.

So now I am wondering how I can be the change agent in my little corner of the world. All suggestions are welcome.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Molly Eats a Rabbit Whole

This is pretty early before the eggs hatched, Molly eats a rabbit whole.

Molly the Barn Owl

Been enjoying watching Molly the Barn Owl and her nest of 4 babies. Found this on YouTube... the 4th egg hatching. The birth of Wesley.

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Live From the Prarie!

As my 5th graders get ready for their westward expansion unit a fellow Plurker, Kevin Honeycutt from Kansas, sent me a link to a student work about teachers on the prairie. The video was filmed at the Prairie Museum in Colby, Kansas. “A Teacher’s Life in the 1800’s.”

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