Saturday, January 18, 2014

A new year filled with excitement!

2014 has been a year (okay, a month) filled with excitement already. Since returning to school on the 6th it has been relatively non-stop action in my library world---and I'm sure it has in yours, as well.  The spring semester always seems to move at a pace resembling what you'd experience on the Autobahn and my To Do list just keeps getting longer. 

I'm super excited about much of what is coming up, though, and that makes the pace more bearable.  (well, that, and I really did take a much needed timeout over the holidays).  I've been working on my Spirit of Texas middle school committee work with Jeri,  a wonderful library colleague, for one thing.  I could NOT POSSIBLY be more thrilled to work on developing programming focusing on fabulous Kelly Milner Halls' work. I've been a fan since reading her Cryptids book and hearing her speak at the Texas Library Association conference (TLA) a couple of years back.  And of course, if you scroll back in my blog you'll see the Thinglink I developed for Teen Read Week this year using her In Search of Sasquatch book! 

If you aren't familiar with the Spirit of Texas reading list (SPOT), please check it out---trust me, you'll love it and use it and thank me for introducing it to you!  There is a middle school level AND a high school level reading list---and the brjilliant part is that we have the programming all done and ready to roll for you (active, passive, and academic with the TEKS listed!)  
Seriously, go now and check out the lists and if you plan to attend the TLA conference in April come on out to the SPOT session to learn more. 

Along those lines, I've also been hard at work on my portion of the presentation that will be given by the #TXLchat moderators at both TCEA and TLA.  My portion deals with building your PLN, which just  happens to be a passion of mine, thus making it a total blast to work on the presentation.  By the way, be sure to join us for our next twitterchat on January 28th, 8:00pm CST!

Add to all this a dash of helping my students prepare for various academic competitions (One Act Play, Model United Nations and Future City for example),collaborating with 8th grade ELA teachers to create some innovative learning stations, and helping my own kiddos (daughter the eldest with her Girl Scout bronze award and cookie sales, daughter the youngest with learning to read)---well, you get the idea.  

I'll take another entire post to write about our upcoming author visit---I am SO STINKIN' EXCITED for author Greg Neri ( author of Ghetto Cowboy, Chess Rumble, Yummy)to visit our schools at the end of the month!

Believe me, I DO realize I'm not alone in all the business and busy-ness of the inquiry and book-filled existence that is being a school librarian.  I'd love to hear whats going on in your neck of the woods, too---nothing beats sharing ideas and learning from one another. 

Man, what a ride!  I can't wait to see what lies ahead in such a wonderful field and  in such exciting times.  

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

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