Book Lists, Books & Reading, Middle Grade

Horror Novels for Middle Grade Readers

Time and time again, I have had middle grade readers waltz into my library, casually asking me for a Stephen King novel to sign-out, and repeatedly, I regrettably inform them that we in fact do not carry any Stephen King books in our elementary school library collection. I am faced with great disappointment, dissatisfaction, and… Continue reading Horror Novels for Middle Grade Readers

Information Literacy, Library Life, Virtual Learning

Information Literacy Instruction: How To Do Research

I was asked to present to a grade 7 class last year as they were gearing up to start a research assignment. With me being new to the school and the teacher also being new, we didn't really know how much experience students already had with the research process. I was asked if I could… Continue reading Information Literacy Instruction: How To Do Research

Library Life, Space & Design

Library Learning Commons Redesign: Planning Phase

Even though schools in my province are reopening this fall, the future role of the library is still unknown at this time, however, I intend on trying to continue on with business as usual as much as I can. With that being said, I have decided to start tackling the redesign of my library. Some… Continue reading Library Learning Commons Redesign: Planning Phase

Adults, Books & Reading, Professional Development

Librarian Reads: Better with Books by Melissa Hart

Every summer, I make it a goal for myself to read at least one professional development book. I normally read this book in August, as a way to gear myself up for the upcoming school year. I haven't quite decided yet on what my pick will be for this summer, so I thought I would… Continue reading Librarian Reads: Better with Books by Melissa Hart

Library Life, Organization

How I Use The Happy Planner as a School Librarian

Disclaimer: Please note that this post is in no way endorsed, sponsored or administered by The Happy Planner®. I simply love the product and decided to share a post about how great it has been working out for me.  This may come across as peculiar to some, but I LOVE planning, so much so, I… Continue reading How I Use The Happy Planner as a School Librarian

Events & Places, More

Author Signing: Sarah J. Maas

A bit of a flashback, but I didn't think readers would mind if I went a little back in time to recount my first meeting with the amazing Sarah J. Maas!   I first started reading SJM's books in 2017. I had just left teaching at the time and I started working at a travel… Continue reading Author Signing: Sarah J. Maas

Library Life, Virtual Learning

How to Create a Bitmoji Library

Now that we are in our seventh week of distance learning (hard to believe we have been at it this long!) and with the announcement here in Ontario that we will not be returning back to school this academic year, I have been reflecting on the things that I have been doing to create a… Continue reading How to Create a Bitmoji Library

Book Lists, Books & Reading, Middle Grade, Young Adult

Historical Fiction for Middle Grade & YA Readers

If I had to pick one genre that was my absolute favourite, it would be historical fiction. This wasn't always the case though. When I was growing up, I greatly disliked social studies and thought learning about history was a complete bore, but that all changed after discovering the Dear Canada series. It was because… Continue reading Historical Fiction for Middle Grade & YA Readers

Library Life, Space & Design

From Library to Learning Commons: The Transformation of an Elementary School LLC

"The library is the heart of the school" - I have heard this expression used so many times and perhaps I'm a bit biased when I say that I full-heartedly agree with it. It's no secret that I love my job and working in a school library has been a complete dream come true for… Continue reading From Library to Learning Commons: The Transformation of an Elementary School LLC

Library Life, Virtual Learning

Things I Learned About Recording Virtual Story Times

Despite this being a time of great uncertainty, I’m trying to look for the positives and appreciate all of the new learning I have been presented with since starting to work from home. From figuring out new online platforms, hosting virtual meetings, and establishing an at-home office, this has been a learning curve for probably… Continue reading Things I Learned About Recording Virtual Story Times