Sunday, April 5, 2015

After TLA 2015-What’s Next on Your To-Do List?

I was checking Twitter, Facebook and email this past weekend and came across the following things from some of the librarians in my district: 
“I was at my library conference and heard an idea from another librarian. It involves several volunteer staff coming up for an hour during the summer so that kids can come up with parents to check out books to read. Can you give me some feedback on this idea, pros/cons please?”- Email to Principal & Library Coordinator from Diane Rausch, Leander ISD
“I'm learning that LISD is pretty much on the forefront of technology in the field of librarianship. Makerspaces and coding are not new to us at all. Most of us have been doing them already. So proud! Of course, we still have room to improve. That's why we are here!” –Facebook post from Brenda Speck, Leander ISD
“It was a great day! I loved Matthew Winner's thoughts. #bethehero” –Facebook post from Karen Jordan, Leander ISD

 “Last day of TLA conference! I'm sooooo tired, but it's been a great week of learning! I've learned new stuff and I've learned I'm above the curve in a ton of other stuff!! Yay me! And the BOOKS! Holy cow, the BOOKS!!”! – Facebook post Beth Brymer, Leander ISD

These are just a few of what I read but the rich learning and many resources either purchased or obtained for free was obvious.  I also noted that many librarians were already sharing what they learned via blog posts or newsletters.  Here’s an example:

I really enjoy reading over everything my librarians pass along but I also remind them to share their learning with their campus principals and teachers upon their return to campus.  Sharing new ideas and inspiration learned from conferences is an advocacy opportunity everyone can easily do.  This opportunity affirms your librarian position as a resource for others in the area of literacy and tech integration and how you see it supporting your campus and/or district goals-who wouldn’t want to spotlight that?  Also, telling your principal a simple “thank you” for allowing you to attend is another opportunity you won’t want to forget.  With all the knowledge you’ve gained and passed along, this could afford you an additional opportunity to attend conferences in addition to TLA in the future.

Whether you write a thank-you note, send an email, or simply stop by your principal’s office, don’t forget to express your appreciation and share your learning-it can really go a long way! 


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Finding Treasure on a Saturday Morning

This sweet book arrived on Friday and there's a "treasure" of a story behind how I stumbled upon it.

I woke up last Saturday morning and checked my Facebook page and found author, Will Hillenbrand had posted a newspaper link to an author appearance he was making on April 7 at St. Peters Township Public Library. The write-up shared info about Pennsylvania's One Book, Every Young Child program which highlights the importance of early literacy development in preschoolers ages 3-6.

Back in 2010, Jane & Will Hillenbrand's picture book "What a Treasure!" was selected to to lead this initiative. Since becoming a grandma just over a year ago, I decided to find out more about this book and found this video from PBS Media where Will, the illustrator reads the book aloud.

Well, I instantly fell in love with this book!  I found myself going online afterwards to purchase and add to my "future gifts to grandkids" pile-everyone knows you can never have enough gifts!

Once ordered, I got back on Facebook to share how much I enjoyed the wonderful message and Will Hillenbrand responded right back, offering me a link to get the book autographed.  I then shared info about the book being ordered but he instantly offered to send a book plate and asked where to send and who to autograph it to.  Well, I happily passed along names and this is what arrived early this week:

Front of the card which is illustrated by Will Hillenbrand

His note to me; I especially love the bonus Mole drawing.
And here's the bookplate:

I can't wait to share this book with my sweet grandkids but I'm especially excited to share the story behind how I found this "treasure" of a book!  Will Hillenbrand-thanks so much for sharing your writing and illustration talents with us all!

What reading treasures have you found lately?