Hey Mike. What a fantastic website. I have joined and will send the website information to the other school librarians in my town. Great job! Keep up the good work! Sorry it took so long to get back - I don't keep up here as often as I should.
Hi Mike! Wow! great website. I will have to read the book "Reading...fix Chevys". Do you think it applies for MS as well as HS? There is so much out there for librarians and educators as far as social/professional networking. How do you keep up with email, twitter, facebook, etc? I am trying again this year to get the ENTIRE staff onto using email!!! Also a school portal program called School Loop. I worked with my Library TAs last year to work through a kids Web 2.0 tutorial. (http://mslearning2.blogspot.com/) A library colleague who developed School Library learning for school librarians (http://schoollibrarylearning2.blogspot.com/) and Classroom Learning for teachers (http://classroomlearning2.blogspot.com/) rebranded and reworked the idea for students. I would be interested in your comments. I am going to have my TAs this semester work on it, and I am also presenting the program at my library conference in November. You live in a very beautiful state. My nephew and his family live in Monument; previously in Colorado Springs when I visited him. Now that I have spent two hours on email and the NING I guess I should work on the re-organizing my Library office project!
You'll probably love to connect with a friend of mine (Deb Hanson) who shares your passion for getting boys to read. This is a great video she made about her club at school.
Hello Mike. Have you tried using rhyming and metered poetry for helping with reading. There is a big connection between this type of poetry and phonemic awareness. See my website. Your boys will love my poems. Well done!! You are doing an excellent job. I hope I can help.
We share something else in common besides being school librarians. I started cutting my own hair a long time ago too. However, since Christmas of 2004, I have been letting it grow because my husband likes it long.
It's great that you can have a library cafe for your students!
My son is a high school senior, however I've provided him alternate ways of reading for many years. Basically, I gave him an audiobook plus a matching book and he loved it. His interest in reading has increased tremendously because it is a multi-sensory experience for him, and he has said that it makes a difference. Also, I focused on his interests: nonfiction. I NEVER pushed fiction. The more he read the more hungry he was for reading, learning, and later on, any type of book. Now that he's off to college in the Fall I see that he loves to read and will continue to do so for a lifetime.
I am currently working on my 23 Things at Library2Play and ran across your site. I know I will be returning when I have more time (deadline for completion is Aug 9) or need some inspiration to connect with the boys I serve. thank for this very special site for our very special patrons.
Hi Mike, Things were crazy at the end of the year. Must have missed this post and just went to my page and found it now. Love the website. Would love to talk inner city boys and reading sometime! Darshell
We male librarians are so few and far between that I really should stay in touch with you. Thanks for responding to my original posting. Our school year is flying by and my third year in the PVHS library wil be over before I know it. How is your year going? What school/district are you at? It's also hard to believe that I am very close to finishing my UCD SLIL masters program.
How is your efforts to stimulate more boys to read going? I'll make sure I check out your blog after I post this comment. I don't want to lose my note.
Hope you have a good day and your year is going well. Stay in touch.
We are there as well. Last year our elementary librarians were split so that one librarian serves 2 schools. This has caused a real hardship and injustice toward our elementary students. As the middle school librarian, I have been forewarned that next year's incoming students are not getting the skills they will need for middle school. My question is for your board would be, "How do you plan to run a middle school library program, preparing your students for the 21st Century without your librarians? In the long run, this is not a cost saving measure for your community." We are in the same position here, and I am concerned for my job for next year.
Hi Mike, We recently went through something like what your district is going through: targeting libraries for major cuts. We fought back pretty hard, creating a library advisory board that produced a movie to be shown to the board. We highlighted what our libraries do using our local newspaper. We sent out reams of research to our building principals. We never let up and although it was dismal many days coming in to work we focused on the kids and their families. That helps tremendously. I would encourage all of our library community, kids and parents and teachers to rally support community wide and inundate the board with everything you have. We were hired back full time after a year of cuts because we now deliver literacy group instruction as well as weekly library information instruction. Make your program invaluable. If there is anything we can do from Montana let us know!!
What is happening in CO is insane. The previous district I worked in (Middle School LIbrarian) eliminated elementary first year and then chopped out the middle school leaving 3 librarians (most senior staff) to cover 3 HS, 5 MS, and 23 elementary schools. I attended town hall meetings, BOE meetings, Ann Martin (who was at the time AASL President) wrote a letter to our superintendent...I will pull out some of my documents. I think a strong voice would be the student/parent voice...if there is anyway you can mobilize that group. Unfortunately it seems that people are quick to complain when things aren't right but never think to sing praises when things are going right. I am ready to help in anyway I can. I have a soft spot for Colorado...it is my home state. My sister-in-law works for AFT so if there is anything that can happen from that direction let me know and I will put that into motion.
Liked on FB. Left message on the site. Shared on my FB. Good luck! I hope you can keep the librarians. Why can't they ever cut sports instead??? I have 4 libraries and 2600 students. It's my first year, and I think I'm doing well. Have researched online eReaders and purchased the first ebooks not on Kindles in the district. I developed the protocols for the use of the Kindles in the district because the use has been sporadic at best. I'm also in charge of developing the curriculum for K-2 technology. All this besides keeping the libraries running smoothly. The libraries all need weeding, and inventory hasn't been done for years. I was just told that I don't share the district's "vision of the future of the libraries", and my job is in jeopardy.
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