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Reading without Walls: Free Comic Book!

Did you know that the first Saturday in May is always “Free Comic Book Day”? If you’re into comics, you probably already know this.

But if you’re not into comics, this is a great opportunity to check them out! Maybe you’ll find something you’ll truly love. When Gene Luen Yang was named the National Ambassador of Young People’s Literature in 2016, he issued a challenge to readers everywhere called The Reading Without Walls Challenge. Which calls for readers to pick up a book that they normally wouldn’t. Choose something that fits one of the three criteria for this challenge:

  1. Read a book about a character who doesn’t look like you or live like you.
  2.  Read a book about a topic you don’t know much about.
  3. Read a book in a format that you don’t normally read for fun. This might be a chapter book, a graphic novel, a book in verse, a picture book, or a hybrid book. Or it could be a comic book!

Let’s keep this challenge going and pick up your free comic book tomorrow.

Books Online at the Library of Congress

In its quest to make information equally available to everyone, the Library of Congress has digitized books that were published over 100 years ago and made the collection available to the public online. The site explains, “This special collection presents children’s books selected from the General and Rare Book Collections at the Library of Congress.”

However rare, many of the books are still widely read today, such as The Secret Garden, and The Arabian Nights. These books are now in the public domain, and you can use them as freely as you like.

Access the entire collection here: https://www.loc.gov/collections/childrens-book-selections/

 

AASL Webinars

Did you know that the AASL offers free webinars to further your professional learning? There are two coming up in May. Click the links to register:

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm: Collaborate with Content Areas for Deeper Learning

This webinar will focus on creating collaborations between the school library and content teachers in an effort to create lessons and units that foster critical thinking. Layering standards from content areas with national standards from AASL, ISTE and Future Ready librarianship creates in depth and substantial lessons for critical thinking and growth. Utilizing resources such as the AASL app and the AASL Crosswalk sets, this webinar will identify ways that school librarians can work with subject area teachers on lessons that prepare students for 21st century learning.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 6:00 pm: Computational Thinking in Your Library: Systematic Problem Solving in School & Real Life

Computational thinking is a systematic problem solving process applicable to multiple arenas, including various curricular areas and real life. In this session, learn about the basics of computational thinking, how it applies to school library programs and curriculum, and how it benefits our future ready learners in academia and real life.

You do not need to be an ALA member to participate in these webinars.

STEAM and Curriculum Integration with Makey Makey

Save the Date: Thursday August 1st, 2019 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Parker Ormerod will be re-running this popular workshop over the summer.

Students are constantly consuming content and using inventions that are created by others. Makey Makey allows students to create their own content on Scratch and use design thinking to create their own inventions. During this workshop participants will learn the basics of Scratch and using the Makey Makey. Participants will also get hands on examples on how they can integrate Makey Makey into their curriculum.

***All who attend will receive a free Makey Makey***

Click here to register through the Monroe One BOCES My Learning Plan.

 

*New Summer Workshop*

As the role of the school librarian is ever changing, it is sometimes hard to keep up. Some librarians are the tech leaders for their buildings. Some are teaching coding skills. Some are creating makerspaces and delving into the world of robotics. Some want to do these things, but feel like they lack the skills to do it all. In the modern era, where making, computing, and invention are skills that students are expected to learn, the language of circuitry is a foundation.

In this day-long workshop, we will thoroughly move through the basics of circuitry and binary computing. We will build circuits using various materials such as copper tape, LED bulbs, and circuit stickers. We will practice building circuits using invention kits and we will cap the day off by sewing circuits with conductive thread.

Once you have a thorough understanding of how circuitry is the foundation of the modern world, you’ll be better able to explain these concepts to your students. You’ll be a better problem-solver and be able to teach your students to be better problem-solvers too. On top of this you’ll have more confidence coming up with fun and interesting projects.

This workshop will be held on July 30th from 9 am to 3 pm with an hour lunch break (lunch not provided). It is designed for librarians. Classroom teachers are welcome to join us if they attend in collaboration with their building librarian.

Click here to register through the Monroe One My Learning Plan.

School Library Impact Studies and Support Articles

We all know that school librarians make a huge difference for student achievement and well-being, but sometimes this fact gets overlooked. So for those moments when you need to prove your worth (hopefully these moments are few and far between), we’ve collected articles and impact studies so that you have them at your fingertips whenever you may need them.

We have housed them at our MonroeOneSLS libguide on the Professional Resources page. If you have any that you would like to add, please send the info my way at liesl_toates@boces.monroe.edu.

For additional lists of articles and studies, check out the Library Research Service and the Antioch University School Library Research LibGuide.

New Workshops Added to MLP

We’ve added three new workshops to the My Learning Plan spring catalog!

Since the Library Maker-Monday: Makey Makey Inventions workshop was canceled due to the weather, we’re rescheduling it for May 20th. This will be the final Library Maker-Monday for this school year. Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3102518

If you enjoyed the series and would like to see it continue, please let us know. We will likely continue the series next year, but probably will diversify the days and as such rename the series.

We will be holding a Safari MONTAGE Overview for educators who want to teach using video. This will be a webinar held on May 23rd from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3116368

Learn to Create Forms and Surveys Using LibWizard on June 4th from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm. These forms and surveys can be used directly through your LibGuide account or embedded elsewhere. This feature makes it easy to collect data or create sign-ups. Register here: https://www.mylearningplan.com/WebReg/ActivityProfile.asp?D=13458&I=3116374

We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Pulitzer Prizes Awarded

On April 15th, while we were on break, the Pulitzer Prizes were awarded. To view the announcement, visit the Pulitzer website. Below is the list of winners for each category in the Letters, Drama & Music section.

Fiction

Drama

History

Biography

Poetry

  • Be With, by Forrest Gander (Winner)
  • feeld, by Jos Charles (Finalist)
  • Like, by A.E. Stallings (Finalist)

General NonFiction

Music

  • p r i s m, by Ellen Reid (Winner)
  • Still, by James Romig (Finalist)
  • Sustain, by Andrew Norman (Finalist)