Sunday, October 12, 2014

How Did It Become October Already!?!?

I can't believe it is already October! I have had such a busy beginning of the school year! I am the Demonstration Teacher for my counties Library Media program. I get to interact with all the new Elementary Library Media Specialists for my county. They get to come see my library and we go through what the beginning of the year looks like. I also provide them with six weeks worth of lesson plans to get their year started. I love doing it, but it is a lot of work because I am a perfectionist. I'm also mentoring a 1st year Library Media Specialist and a 2nd year Library Media Specialist. I really enjoy this because their enthusiasm keeps me excited about our job. I love when they can show me new tools! 

I've really missed being able to blog. But something had to give and blogging was it. I've also been off Twitter which hasn't made me happy either! So my goal is to start back on both!

I'll be posting my It's Monday! What Are You Reading? post later on today. It is a no kid day at school, so I think I can carve out a little bit of time to work on it.

Happy Reading!

Stacey (@libraryjo92) 

Monday, August 4, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

I can't believe it is Monday again! Time is speeding by so fast. I'm looking at my plans that I had at the beginning of summer and wondering how I can fit most of it in during this last week! But I did get to read some in this past week!

18615736A nonfiction book that I read was the reprint of DK Eyewitness Books: Titanic by Simon Adams. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. The book is just an updated version of the previous one. The cover looks more appealing. I've always been fascinated by the sinking of the Titantic as are my students. This will be a great addition to my library since my other copy has been well loved and is on it's last legs.

18782868While I was at a bookstore last week, I had the opportunity to read some different picture books. One that I really liked was Peanut Butter and Cupcake by Terry Border. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book was a good book about finding a friend. The illustrations were unique and interesting. Though as others mentioned in their reviewed on Goodreads, I was a bit confused by the title. I won't spoil the book by revealing why I was confused, but you should understand after you read the book.

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I think my favorite read of the week was Sisters by Raina Telgemeier. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. This book is a squeal to Smile. It was great to revisit the family. In fact, I think that I liked Sisters even more than I did Smile! I loved that the focus of the book was on family and how family dynamics can change over time. Smile has been a HUGE hit in my library and I know that Sisters will be as well! I was able to read this book thanks to NetGalley!

What have you been reading this past week?

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Book Smiles!!

smile bookI love being able to go to the bookstore, which I was able to do this week. The county that I live in is very small and we are not close to many bookstores. So I loved my opportunity this week to go to a bookstore and spend some time looking and reading. This led to my #booksmiles for this week.

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I got to read so many great books while I was at the bookstore. My favorite, which made me have my #booksmiles was Ninja Red Riding Hood by Corey Rosen Schwartz and illustrated by Dan Santat. Click here for a summary on Goodreads. First of all I love fairy tales, but what I love even more are funny versions of the fairy tales. Little Red Riding Hood has always been one of my favorites so I was quite happy to see it turn into a ninja version. I love the whole story and illustrations just add to the greatness of the story. I will definitely be adding this book to my school library because I want the kids to have #booksmiles about this book too. 

Tonight Corey Rosen Schwartz tweeted about the Ninja Red activity guide. This is a great addition to a wonderful book! I just love how there are color pages in the guide, but it also has black-and-white pages. This makes it so much easier to make copies for the students!

What #booksmiles did you have this week?

Happy Reading!!

Stacey (@libraryjo92)