Monday, April 21, 2014


Today, Tammy McClimon, K-12 Teacher Librarian from Central Community School District made a visit to Solon. I took her on a two hour roller coaster ride around our schools. I love sharing with colleagues and I learned just as much from her as she did from me!

Our second grade students connected with author, Kim Norman, via Skype to talk about the book they all read: Storytime Stickers: Dinosaurs! Thank you PTO and Win With Reading!

Four middle school classes created fun "book selfies" using PhotoBooth and PicMonkey for School Library Month. We'll continue throughout the week until we've hit all of them that have regular library visits.

I love their creativity!


Our own SMS students submitted an entry for the American Association of School Librarians School Library Month video contest!


Sunday, April 20, 2014


Christian Schoon, author of ZENN SCARLETT

visited Mrs Velasquez' 8th grade language arts class to talk about his career and how he came to start writing this series.

Several students will be reading his book and meeting with him in May to discuss it. What a great opportunity!


In early April, I discovered a fun library video via Twitter. It was a great way to start 3rd and 4th grade media center time. Who couldn't help smiling and bouncing to the rhythm? But every time I showed it, students were asking, "why can't we do that?"

Why not?

I contacted the "producer" Jennifer Zurawski, of West De Pere School District and asked it she would be willing to talk to some of our students about the process and I asked Kerri Coons, our Extended Learning Program teacher if we could involve her 4th grade students.

Jennifer suggested that we record our Q&A using Google Hangouts on Air so that others could learn from her experience.  The video below is the result!

Now, we ARE planning our own video!


April 15 - National Library Workers Day. 
The SMS staff surprised us with a delicious and colorful cake!

At Lakeview it was Drop Everything And Read, sponsored this year by Win With Reading and the Lakeview PTO. Classrooms decorated their "hog wild" doors.

And many parents, students and staff came by the library from 4 - 7 p.m. to drop everything and read!


A photo collage of the IASL conference. This was my second year as conference chair. Check out the Storify narrative here.

The last concurrent session ended at 4:10 pm and by 5:30 pm, I was in Solon, ready to sign the Declaration to the Right to Libraries with Superintendent Sam Miller, Solon Public Library Director, Kris Brown, Solon Public Library Friends of the Library board member, Sue Ballantyne and SCSD Board of Education President, Dick Schwab in recognition of School Library Month.

At 6 pm, I had the opportunity to meet with the Solon Board of Education and share with Department of Education's Vision for Iowa's School Libraries.

It was an amazing day.


I commandeered the board room at the Kirkwood Hotel for last minute packet stuffing.

Set up and ready for registration ahead of schedule, thanks to my daughter and the conference committee!

@erniec coordinated the Lightning Talks. They were inspiring. I was so proud of our members.

And here members are the IASL t-shirts.