Thursday, December 8, 2011

Teen Read Week

I'm incredibly late in posting this---life has been rather hectic----but we had an amazing time during our Teen Read Week celebration this year!

Murder mysteries:


An author/storyteller visit from Rickey Pittman sharing information, stories and songs about Texas in the time of the Civil War:

An amazing visit from Charlotte Henley at the Ellen Trout Zoo AND the rollout of our One Book, One School selection: Neal Shusterman's The Schwa was Here.  We had several contests, too!

Had a GREAT time---and I can't WAIT until next year.

Read on, Gentle Readers, Read on.

Mrs. S

Friday, October 14, 2011

A sweet gift!

One of my darling new 6th grade reader-girls came by the other morning with a sweet gift.  It really made my day, so I just had to share.

You know, sometimes we as librarians and teachers are not validated for all that we do.  And then there are those moments that just mean the world---when a student or teacher lets you know just how special and important the job of a librarian really is to them. How important books are to them. How important YOU are to them. 

I just had one of those moments.

I booktalked Brenda A. Ferber's book Julia's Kitchen to her class last week.  She read it and loved it (as I knew she would!) and then took the time to actually BAKE a treat and wrap it up with care to deliver especially to me.

Oh, what a beautiful morning!  Oh, what a beautiful day!

Heavens, this made me happy!

Read on, gentle readers. Read on.

Mrs. S

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Shoe Lust

Okay, I'll admit it...I'm absolutely ga-ga over my new shoes.

I first heard about them on one of my librarian list-serves (which for some odd reason right now I can READ but not POST on---but that's another story) in a thread on comfy but cute shoes.

I was intrigued, but not convinced. Until now....

Can you say A-MAZING!

Now 1 pair just wasn't enough, so I bought two.

That isn't going to be the end of it, though. No, now I want

You gotta try them for yourself---believe me, you will be hooked!  My feet are thanking me everyday.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Off and running...


The school year is off and running and I'm happy to report that nearly all the students at my campus now have library books in hand.  Had I not had to leave early Thursday and take Friday off due to my own little bundles of joy being under the weather the entire student body would now be bookish.  Or at least able to fake it while holding an actual book.  ;)

Even though we've just barely gotten started, the year has already proven to be quite interesting. Elements of a classic mystery novel abound---
There is a lot of good news too, though....  My principal definitely supports me and the library despite budget and personnel cuts, the teachers at my school are INCREDIBLE to work with, and the students have been amazing.  You know you have a GREAT gig when kids come up to you with a hug and a "thank you for the awesome book" comment.

Our Playaway audio books have flown off the shelves and even the Texana collection has seen some action already in this first week of library use.  Oh, and I can't forget the mention the 4 oh-so-fabulous student assistants I have the last period of the day.  They completely and totally rock.

Yep, all in all, life is good....and nobody loves a good classic mystery novel more than this librarian.  ;)

I'll leave you with the weekly quote posted by our new superintendent:

 "To become truly great, one has to stand with people, not above them."  --Charles de Montesquie

I love it...and I believe firmly in the power of servant leadership, of listening to and valuing the ideas of others, of letting people voice their opinions without taking offense...of being a professional..of bragging on the amazing feats of those around me...and guess what?
I'm not alone.

Not by a long shot.

This darling image from:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

2011-2012 School Year Begins...

So here's the animoto video I'll share with my kiddos this week---it is very quick, but meant to just be a simple overview.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Party in the Li-brar-ay

He's out of tune, bless his heart, but this parody video really cracks me up anyway. LOVE the dancing with the books and on the tables parts.

Makes me want to make a goofy video this year with my library assistants (aka library ninja).


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Apparently I'm on a kick lately---a preternatural mixed with historical fiction kick, and I am in LOVE with this new book.  I ran up to my school a couple of weeks ago and ---like a magical Christmas kind of moment--a new Junior Library Guild box was in the mail room.  Yippee!  I grabbed a couple that caught my eye---and how could this one NOT?  Look at the utter gorgeousness that is this book!  How lovely!  It called to me and begged me to read it first, and so I did.

The first in a trilogy which was originally published in Germany (forthcoming titles are Sapphire Blue & Emerald Green), revolves around 16-year-old Gwen, and her rather eccentric English family whose lineage carries a time-traveling gene. The family has expected cousin Charlotte (also 16) to be the next in line--the final time traveler of the destined twelve, and  has gone to great lengths to instruct her in everything from costuming to weaponry to etiquette in given time periods. Gwen, on the other hand, is the ordinary cousin.  She has lived practically her entire life in Charlotte's shadow, and now they are just waiting for her first time-shift to occur.  Everyone is on pins and needles and expecting it to happen at any moment.

As you might have guessed ---Charlotte is not the chosen one.  Gwen is given this gift--one she doesn't particularly want and is in no way prepared to deal with.  After trying to hide it, inevitably the truth becomes known and not only does Gwen now have little time to be instructed in the arts of  time travel, but she has to deal with the wrath of Charlotte and her mother, neither of whom wants to believe the truth.

And so the dreaded lessons begin---lessons to instruct and prepare her quickly for her new life--and her role in changing history.  Enter the villains, enter the maybe-villains, enter the oh-so-handsome Gideon--the dashing and arrogant time traveler she must work with to solve ancient  mysteries and locate particular objects, such as the all-important chronograph.

With loads of suspense, a tinge of romance, lovely villainous characters plucked from real history such as the Immortal Count--Comte St. Germain, toss in some sword and highwaymen action, this book is a fantastic adventure.

I adored it.  This is absolutely one of my favorite books of the summer, and perfect reading for those *all-too-rare-this-summer* rainy days where one feels like celebrating by curling up with a fantastic book in an over-sized comfy chair, tubby cat purring contentedly beside you, warm cookies in hand, and imagining yourself as part of this grand adventure.

Here's a book trailer I found done by the publisher, Macmillan:

and another that I deduce using my muy mal Espanol is from someone in Spain.  I think the style is interesting on this one:

one from Italy, too.  I feel so...intercontinental...right about now.

Read on, gentle readers; Read on.
Mrs. S.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Postcards from Camp

Oh my gosh--I can't believe I didn't post about this Camp NaNoWriMo care package arrived last week!  I am in love. Check out all my goodies...
Postcards and a patch and the possibly the coolest pen EVER along with a notebook and some other groovy stuff, but the BEST thing is the wicked cool BOX it all came in!

Truly the coolest care package I've ever given myself.  ;)

Sadly, I'm a bit stalled out on the novel at this point.  Mostly I've been writing in this:

my little pink journal.

Oh, how I love my little pink journal.  It contains all my secrets.  
Well, maybe not ALL my secrets...
Okay, maybe not even secrets, really...(I mean, other than my weight, which is a deep, dark secret)....
But it does contain my daily info and journaling regarding my new true adventures in weight loss.  

Not so exciting as a novel you say?  Perhaps, I answer. 

Although when I can fit my hiney in a size 6 I will be pretty dang excited.  :)

Here's to continued success in my diet, my journaling, and to picking up the pace again on my novel writing!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Mi familia...

Inez Martin, abt. 1909
My great-great aunt on my father's mother's side.  Sister to my paternal grandmother's mother, Bessie Mae.

 You know, I DO love to read and review books, but that isn't nearly all of me.  Even of my "librarian-ish" side.  One of my main hobbies/interests over the past couple years has been genealogy.  Yes, research.

For the record, I've always been fascinated by our family history.  I can remember having such fun as a kid looking through old family photos and hearing stories from the past.  I decided last year to finally get serious about tracking information down and joined

Now, here's the thing about and many other sharing genealogy sites---just like wikis there can be a lot of flawed information running amok out there.  So, this is my starting point, and I get tons of great info there, all of which I either currently am, or have plans to verify through documentation found outside the site.
This is also my "storage area" for my family tree.  I really love this site, and I've learned a TON about my extended family.

The images from those who came before me speak to me.  I wonder who they were (beyond just names and dates) and what they dreamed.  Were they satisfied with their lives?  What was it like to live through the various wars and depressions and immigrating to the United States leaving all you knew behind? What was it like for the Native American sides ?  I'll never know all the answers to my questions, but I am beginning to learn a bit about some of these great-greats of mine.

And as I learn about them, I learn about me.  It sounds a bit crazy, but it's true.  For example, I've learned I'm made of strong and sturdy stuff.  These family members of mine lived through difficulties I can't even imagine.  This helps me when I'm exhausted and cross and feel like throwing in the towel. (I have found it especially helpful this summer to think of them---- living with no air conditioning and no running water while wearing those impossibly hot layers of clothing and tending to a dozen children---I quit whining pretty fast when I ponder this image!)

Virtually everything I "know" about my relatives in this image I've had to make up in my own head by reading what little information I do know.  My great-grandmother on this side died way before I ever came along---my great-grandfather, too.  My grandmother told lots of stories about her growing up years, but not much about her folks details.  I think it was hard for her to talk about her mother---she loved her immensely and Bessie's death of cancer was difficult.   Inexplicably, I feel the loss of these members of my very own family.  We share bloodlines and yet I know only names and dates, really.

Thank goodness for the photos. I am so grateful for them--and there's no way I would have access to them without

If you are interested in genealogy I suggest you give it a whirl!  Be warned--you might, like me, find that it's addictive!

Birdie, Frank and Inez Martin

Saturday, July 16, 2011

freshening up a bit

I decided to give my blog a bit of a new look---add some sparkle, as it were.  I'm hoping you love it as much as I do!

It's a work in progress, I realize.  I only have scraps of time here and there that I can devote to my stuff---other than family and work.  Sometimes that gets me a bit down---yes, I suppose I'm selfish that way, but when I can make good use of that time it makes it a little better.  :)

In searching for cute backgrounds I came across Hot Bliggity Blog.  And then I found some super-de-dooper-do cute blinkies and buttons at The Cutest Blog on the Block.  Go check 'em out if you need a bit of a mood-lifter.  It's almost---almost as good as a pedicure!

And, nope...they didn't pay me to say these nice things, I just happen to be a fan.

Read on, gentle readers; read on.


Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Friday, July 1, 2011

Camp NaNoWriMo!

Am so excited about the very first ever Camp NaNoWriMo!  While I have made valiant attempts over the past couple of years to participate during the original November National Novel Writing Month, November just doesn't seem to work out for me all that well.  The past few years I've been furiously reading the final books for the Lone Star list, plus I actually work in November.  

When I saw that Camp was being offered in July, I knew I had to sign up---to at least give it a shot. Two camping sessions will be offered---one in July, and one in August, but again...the whole work thing comes to play in August, so I'm thinking July is my best bet.  

Today is the official start.  I got so excited I ordered a camp care package---for myself! Who could resist, I ask you?  I'm so excited to be at summer camp!

So here's the dealio...I need to actually figure out what I'm gonna write about.  It's not that I don't have ideas---oh, I have ideas alright.  I just need to actually pick one and go with it.  Run amok with my writing.  Let the characters take me where they will.  Enjoy the ride and finish this thing.  

Will you join me?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

June 29th....Really?

The summer is going by fast and furiously.  Let me back up...most of the time, actually, my days are REALLY long.  Some moments last an eternity.  But looking back I wonder where exactly did the month of June go.

Here's a recap:
*I actually got to read a ton of great YA books---and a couple of good grownup books, too--including my annual taste of Stephanie Plum in Janet Evanovich's newest release.  Yippee!
*I have worked a bit on my genealogy.  Not as much as I would like, but still...
* My last grandparent passed away and my brothers and I chose to honor her by conducting the ceremony ourselves.  Very proud of all of us, actually.
*the big clean-out that happens every summer is in progress.  This is where I rummage through all my crap and decide what stays and what goes and attempt to reorganize my world before the manic pace of the school year descends once again.
*Natalie has attended art academy, vacation bible school, played with friends, gone swimming, ridden her bike, worked on her summer reading through the public library, and magically gotten out of most of her big clean assignments.  ;)  that is one talented girl.
* I'm still sane after spending 24-7 with my children with rare breaks of adult conversation as my hubby finishes up grad school.
*took my darling Girl Scouts to the oh-so-fabulous Children's Museum of Houston.  What a blast!
*have made a few new recipes including some scrumptious Pig Cake from The Pioneer Woman's blog.  Words do not do it justice.  It is just that good.
*Did I mention no real adult interaction to speak of?
*worked on my incessant drive for perfection from myself and the need to strive, strive, strive moving along on the hamster wheel that life can so easily become.  I'm a work in progress---but am relaxing a bit.

Okay, so I'm feeling better about life.  Maybe I've done more than I thought.

Friday, June 17, 2011

What I'm reading now

What a wonderful summer it has been so far for reading!  The soaring temperatures make most everything feel dreadful, so what better way to beat the heat than to sit in my comfy chair in the AC under the fan with a lovely glass of sweet iced tea and a delightful book.

The girls enjoy reading time, too...and we've already made our way to the public library to sign Natalie (my 8 year old) up for the summer reading program and get our first bagful of books.

Here's what I've been reading so far:

Jennifer Donnelly's book, while not a new release, was new to me.  I fell in love with the characters--they are so real, so easy to relate to, even with the historical setting.  Of course, the whole based-on-a-real-life-murder-mystery element is right up my alley.  I have to admit that at first I was a bit confused by the quick change in timeline, but once I got into the groove I couldn't put the book down.  In fact, the story haunts me.

Oh, but I loved this book!  First of all, the time period is one of my favorites---set right before the second World War in Europe with royalty.  Luscious!  This book is second in the Montmaray Journals, with the first being A Brief History of Montmaray. I was swept into their world and wasn't quite ready to give it up when the book was over, so I am eagerly awaiting the next installment.  This book is filled with intrigue and great tidbits of real history which are melded perfectly together.  Oh, but I would love for this to become a perfectly done mini-series from HBO (they seem to do them quite well) and I would DVR it and watch it again and again as I tend to do with the Jane Austen movies.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Summer Days drifting away...

It's only the beginning and yet I'm already having to work on being really in the moment rather than seeing my summer slip away.

Yep, that's the kinda gal I am, I suppose.  A planner.  A do-er.  A more-interests-than-I-possibly-have-time-to-complete kinda gal.

I really, really wish I was a spontaneous, totally live in the moment girl sometimes.  I kept thinking I might turn into one, but at 41 I'm beginning to come to grips with who I am vs. who I sometimes want to be.  Sort of.

Lately I've read a book or two that have really spoken to this element of my personality.

One of them, The Gift of an Ordinary Day by Katrina Kenison, felt like a series of conversations with a long-distance, but long-time friend.  Now, I've owned this book for a while but have been so caught up reading YA lit for my work (okay, my pleasure, too) that it has remained in my to-be-read stack for quite some time.  I finally allowed myself some grown up reading time---feeling a little like I was cheating  on my YA loves----and I loved it.

After re-reading Eat,Pray, Love followed by The Gift of an Ordinary Day, I have these questions floating in my head:

  • What does it really mean to accept yourself and love yourself where you are? Not any trite answers...I mean, how does one really get to that place and stay there?  Is that even possible?
  • How do you improve yourself while at the same time carving out time to meditate, think, and be? 
  • How do these two ideas fit together? I mean...accept yourself AND improve yourself?  Really?
'Cause here's the thing...I'm a striver by nature.  I'm from solid Puritan stock from way back.  Seriously.
 I  believe in the American Dream and my parents instilled an incredible work ethic.  For all of these things I am grateful.  And yet..

I feel in my soul a need for quiet meditative/reflective time.  I know in my heart that my life is filled with many blessings: a great family of origin, a wonderful husband, two adorable kiddos, a job that makes my heart sing, an awesome church and friends and activities that are fulfilling. 

I also know that I have master's degree debt to be worked off, Girl Scout activities to plan, a perpetually messy house and more than a few pounds I'd like to lose. 

But, I did leave work on time yesterday and got a pedicure before picking up my youngest.  I didn't have an appointment.  I just walked on in.  

*a side note here to mention that it has been over 2 years since my last real pedi--I was preggo with baby girl when I got it, and the fella at the nail salon was cussing me in Vietnamese for my horrid heels...but honey, my feet do look gooooood today!  ;) *

Let's call that a start.

visit for more info on The Gift of an Ordinary Day.

Read on, gentle readers.  Read on.

Mrs. S

Friday, June 3, 2011


It's the end of the school year and we are all tired.  I get that.  I'm tired, too.  Yet, I still send out fairly pleasant emails detailing the annual turning-in-all-the-crap-you've-checked-out-from-the-library plans.  I specifically put "please dust off all equipment before returning" instructions in the mix. Now, in my mind, this is an obvious thing. Like when you read the back of shampoo bottles and it says "do not put in eyes" or "do not ingest".  Yet, these instructions are on the backs of potions of all sorts because people do this stuff.  Really.  

Imagine my shock and awe when a *truly* very lovely teacher who shall remain nameless sends 2 students down with this bag.  Did I mention the bag is not tan, nor khaki, nor cammo in color, but rather is BLACK.  Yes, you heard it here.  It is was a black bag. 

I was speechless, and believe you me that is REALLY saying something.  And then, I wasn't.  I think howls of animal-like pain were heard all over the tri-state area.  ;)  I wish I could say this was the only example from this year, but friends, you know it ain't so.  

Yep, it's shocking...but people do this stuff.  Really.  

Mrs. S

Friday, April 22, 2011

What's New, Cupcake?

This cookbook has been tempting me at our school book fairs the last couple of times we've held it.  

The cupcakes in it are DARLING, but of course, my thought is...will I really make these?  Ever?

Well, one of my friends has a daughter who got the book and she and her boyfriend made these super-de-dooper-de cute cupcakes!
(and delish, too, btw...)

I'm time around, I'm buying this one!

Monday, April 18, 2011

The Wheels on the Bus by Kevin Honeycutt

Ran across this on my fabulous library list-serve, LM-Net.  It is painfully accurate.  Kevin Honeycutt hits the nail on the head with his school funding allegory.  Read it here and see what you think...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Speaking of the economy...

Unshelved rocks.  Today's just cracks me you who know me know I actually LOVE "the teens" but I always find it a bit comical that I have most enjoyed the 2 groups who drive most teachers and librarians nuts--the kinders and the teens. 

At least I have a bit of humor--even dark humor--in these scary, scary times of slashing library programs and librarian jobs. 

sometimes that's all we can hang long as I can still find humor in it I think I'm okay...

If you don't subscribe to Unshelved, see the link below the cartoon and do so immediately!!!

Unshelved strip for 3/24/2011

Book Fair

Oh my goodness, but it is book fair time once again.  For a week each fall and spring our library turns into a mini book store. 

Oh! the excitement! (hey!  there's the new book in that series I read!)
Oh! the anguish! (crud!  my parents only gave me $5.00!)

My wish list grows with each pass around the daughter's grows quicker than that.  ;)

The students have steadily purchased fuzzy-topped pens and posters and books.  The girls ooh and ahh over the Justin Bieber collection.  The boys make the talking Zombie book "speak" over and over *and over* again.  The teachers pour over the cookbooks and adult bestseller list. 

This time sales seem a bit slower than usual.  The economic difficulties are definitely being felt by everyone.  And still...people want books...

Thank goodness our sanity hasn't completely left us.

Read on Gentle Readers, Read on
Mrs. S

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Proud Mama

Check out my youngest over spring break. Yep, this library diva is one proud mama!

Exciting stuff when you see your little ones begin the life-long love of all things bookish. 

My older daughter is 8 and *excuse the braggy mom moment* but is already quite the reader.  She is a 2nd grader, but reads on a 5th grade level.  

So proud of my girls for so many reasons...not the least of which is they inherited/grabbed onto mama's love of reading!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Spring has Sprung

It is the Friday morning before Spring Break begins...ah, the joy of spring!

I have a quiet, quiet class of lovely 8th graders in here working on their literature project.  I have 2 boys working on GT products.  I hear the steady comforting hum of the computers in the background---white noise that I miss when they are turned off. 

This morning my coffee brewed to perfection.  With the addition of a goodly amount of French vanilla creamer and a touch of Splenda my work day began. 

I greeted over 75 kiddos in the library before school started.  Some come to play checkers, some to work or play games on the computers.  Others actually love to sit in one of our comfy couches or  ice cream scoop chairs and read.  We, of course, as a middle school do have the occasional kiddo or two who comes in to swagger & flirt & joke (sort of quietly), too.  I enjoy them all.  Even as I remind them to pull their pants up, tuck their shirts in, and keep their volume to a dull roar...I enjoy them.

I do so love my job.  Even the day before spring break.  Most especially today. 

Read on, Gentle Readers, Read on...

Mrs. S

photo from:

Monday, February 7, 2011

Madame C.J. Walker

In honor of Black History Month, I thought I'd post some of my fave videos, etc. that I will be using in classes. I LOVE this one and know you will, too! What a pioneer for not only African Americans AND women AND those raised in poverty, but for business people of all backgrounds, as well. 

You can also check out the official Madame C.J. Walker website at: for tons of great info!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

So there was this chicken...

I just love my job.  I get to work with the most fantastic people--both faculty and students--evah!

Here's a joke one of my teachers sent to me today...and believe me, I really needed a laugh this morning.

Corny, but very cute...enjoy.

A chicken walks into the library. It goes up to the circulation desk and says: "book, bok, bok, boook".

The librarian hands the chicken a book. It tucks it under his wing and runs out.

A while later, the chicken runs back in, throws the first book into the return bin and goes back to the librarian saying: "book, bok, bok, bok, boook". Again the librarian gives it a book, and the chicken runs out. The librarian shakes her head.

Within a few minutes, the chicken is back, returns the book and starts all over again: "boook, book, bok bok boook". The librarian gives him yet a third book, but this time as the chicken is running out the door, she follows it.

The chicken runs down the street, through the park and down to the riverbank. There, sitting on a lily pad is a big, green frog. The chicken holds up the book and shows it to the frog, saying: "Book, bok, bok, boook". The frog blinks, and croaks: "read-it, read-it, read-it".

Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Great Scavenger Hunt Contest

Books and cupcakes...what could possibly be better? 

Free stuff, you say? 

Well then you are in luck, 'cause we can throw that in the mix, too. 

A couple of weeks ago I attended the East Texas Library Summit, put on by the ever-so-fabulous Sharon Gullett, and attended a great session put on by my friend and fellow librarian Carol where I learned about Kay Cassidy's Great Scavenger Hunt Contest. 

This is REALLY super cool stuff because she makes it SOOO easy for us to reward student reading.  She lays it all out there...and even provides the rewards (although I plan to add little bitty prizes to the mix, as well.  what can I say? I'm a fan of free stuff, so I figure the kids are, too, right?)

Kay is the author of The Cinderella Society and a fellow cupcake fan
(so you just KNOW she's a great person!). 

Check out her website at:
and the direct link to the Great Scavenger Hunt contest is

Go check it out and get reading!

image from:

Saturday, January 22, 2011

well, now what?

Got some news last week that my school district has decided to reconfigure the schools...again.  When I first moved here I worked at the Intermediate School--a school for all the 5th and 6th graders in the district.  A couple years later our school became a second middle school--with 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  Now it looks like I have one more year before we attempt to turn back time.

I'm normally a pretty positive person, and I know everything will work out for the best regardless of if I can see that now or not, but man does this news ever make me queasy.  As a former elementary teacher I have tons of experience working with that age group.  In fact, had you told me 15 years ago that I would LOVE middle school I might have laughed right out loud...right in your face and everything.  ;)   But once I became a middle school librarian I felt like I had truly found my calling.  I love working with this age group (what can I say, I'm a tad bit nutty, I suppose) and really have no desire to go back to working with the younger set in my daily work.  I love YA literature and have made that my area of expertise.  I'm just finishing my stint on the Lone Star committee for pete's sake. 
We'll learn next month which of the two middle schools will become the Intermediate, but I feel sure it will be my campus.  After all, we were originally built for that purpose and besides the other school has the athletic fields and we all know what that means. 

At the very least I now have 1.5 years to demolish my hard earned collection. To tear apart and piece out books that I adore and many that I have donated from my time working on the committee.  To lesson the number of books I have while doubling the student population.  I cringe even thinking about it.

My building isn't the newest one, but I have loved this little library and made it my mission to feel welcoming and warm.  The other library is foreign territory.  My office is my second home and has been for nearly 10 years. 

The librarian there is an absolute doll and a friend of mine, but  I really don't know how she is feeling about all this news either and what decisions she would make given the choice.  I don't like the idea of displacing anyone for my personal gain as much as I don't want to change age groups or buildings.  I don't know where my principal will be--those decisions haven't been made yet and won't until sometime next year. 

Mixed feelings.  I know it will all work out.  Things always do.  But until then I'm left with a little knot in the pit of my stomach because I'm a natural planner. Well, and a *semi-*control freak.;)  No bueno to not have much say in how things will work out. 

The good news is things will work out regardless and at least my district isn't doing away with librarians.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Cornell Notes

Check out this SlideShare Presentation:
I put it up specifically for one of my teachers who is so awesome to work with because she isn't scared to share her kiddos with me and allows me to really be a part of their instructional team! Great info, though, for everyone to use.

Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 Lone Star Animoto

This Friday I will give one session going over the newest Lone Star list for area librarians at the East Texas Library Summit.  Sharon Gullett is a real guru in the field and puts this on at Lon Morris College in Jacksonville, Texas.