Welcoming New Staff

goodiebagOne of the most important things you can do to create a positive image of you and the library is to reach out to new staff members every year. Remember when you were a new to a school and how overwhelming it was. There is so much to learn from staff members names and their roles, but all the little things that no one ever seems to tell you, like where the staff bathroom is (it took me 3 years to find that out) and how to use the copier! This year I decided to welcome our new staff with a goodie bag filled with:

How do you make a positive first impression with your new staff members?


{Book Review} With Malice

{Book Review} With MaliceWith Malice by Eileen Cook
Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on June 7th 2016
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories, Young Adult
Pages: 316
Source: Purchased
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It was the perfect trip…until it wasn’t.
Eighteen-year-old Jill Charron wakes up in a hospital room, leg in a cast, stitches in her face and a big blank canvas where the last six weeks should be. She discovers she was involved in a fatal car accident while on a school trip in Italy. A trip she doesn’t even remember taking. She was jetted home by her affluent father in order to receive quality care. Care that includes a lawyer. And a press team. Because maybe the accident…wasn’t an accident.
As the accident makes national headlines, Jill finds herself at the center of a murder investigation. It doesn’t help that the media is portraying her as a sociopath who killed her bubbly best friend, Simone, in a jealous rage. With the evidence mounting against her, there’s only one thing Jill knows for sure: She would never hurt Simone. But what really happened? Questioning who she can trust and what she’s capable of, Jill desperately tries to piece together the events of the past six weeks before she loses her thin hold on her once-perfect life.

Imagine waking up in the hospital with having no recollection of how you got there and realizing you don’t remember the last six weeks of your life. Now imagine finding out that you and your best friend were in a car accident and she was killed…and then you find out that you are suspected of murdering her! Jill and Simone go on the trip of a lifetime to Italy, but Simone never comes back.

The book is written from Jill’s point of view and is interspersed with police interviews as well as blog posts and comments that provide different perspectives on the events that transpired before the accident. Did Jill intentionally kill her best friend? The police, media and blog comments seem to point to her guilt but will Jill’s memory ever return so she will know what happened? As in real life, the media and news play a big part in public opinion and we see how that impacts Jill’s case and her recovery. Her therapist helps Jill come to terms with the fact that even if her memory of the events does return she will never be sure if those memories are real or false memories because of the way the brain functions and heals.

This is a gripping story that reminded me of the Amanda Knox case. A handsome Italian guy, two best friends, the police mishandling of evidence as well as the media frenzy that ensued, parallel the Amanda Knox case and make for an intense read, I kept turning the pages hoping Jill’s memories would return and wanting to find out what really happened. But will we ever truly know the real stories in either case?


The Coloring Craze

IMG_20150908_102038Everyone seems to be coloring; everywhere I go there are coloring books for sale! I thought it would be fun for students to be able to color in the library and it was a huge hit. I print out pages of different coloring pictures and bookmarks and leave them out for students to take whenever they want. I also have boxes of colored pencils and markers besides the ones in the display that students are welcome to use. The library is a great place to let students color and de-stress.

There are so many places to get free coloring pages, but my go to place is Pinterest. Once I’ve found some cool coloring pages that I think students will like I keep a folder of the originals and use those to make copies to leave out for students. I also keep a folder in Google Drive of other coloring pages I have downloaded. Keep the display fresh and new by always putting out new and different coloring pages.

Some libraries have been creating large tabletop coloring pages and I also spotted a huge chalkboard wall on the ALA Think Tank Facebook Page, which I love!

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Has the coloring craze come to your library?

Summer Reading 2016

Summer is in full swing and I am really enjoying some time to read and finish some books in my TBR pile. I just finished The Raven Cycle series by Maggie Stiefvater, which was amazing! It is not often that I actually read an entire series, but this was one I could not put down. When I initially started the series I was kicking myself for waiting so long to start it, but in the end I was glad I waited until the entire series was out. One of the major reasons I rarely ever finish an entire series is because I lose interest after waiting so long between publications.


Some other books I am looking forward to reading this summer.

Summer Reading 2016

Every Exquisite Thing by Matthew Quick
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnson
The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
With Malice by Eileen Cook

What are you reading this summer? Have you finished any awesome books? Please share in the comments!

Library Orientation Meme Style

I wanted to try something new for freshmen library orientation this year and got this awesome idea from Naomi Bates to use meme’s. Today I tried it for the first time and it was a huge success! I loved looking around the room and seeing kids smiling and laughing and more importantly paying attention! I used Imgflip and Meme Generator to make the memes.

I followed the slideshow with a game of Kahoot to see how well they paid attention. If you’ve never played Kahoot with students, they LOVE it! And there are lots of public Kahoots that you can use and even modify to customize it for your own lesson.

{Book Review} The 5th Wave

{Book Review} The 5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Published by Penguin Books, Limited on 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Science Fiction
Pages: 460
Source: Library
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The 1st Wave took out half a million people. The 2nd Wave put that number to shame. The 3rd Wave lasted a little longer. Twelve weeks . . . Four billion dead. In The 4th Wave, you can't trust that people are still people. And The 5th Wave? No one knows. But it's coming. On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs. Runs from the beings that only look human, who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan may be her only hope. Now Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up. www.The5thWaveIsComing.com

I absolutely loved The 5th Wave. I had been holding off reading it because of the daunting length of the book, but I downloaded the e-book which makes it so much easier for me to read long books. I’m not sure why I waited so long to read it, students have loved it, and now I am anxiously awaiting the movie adaptation and can’t wait to read The Infinite Sea. It has everything I love, adventure, romance and mystery. Cassie’s perseverance despite the overwhelming odds of defeating the aliens, finding her brother and just surviving make her a character to admire. These are some of my favorite quotes from the book. Read this book, you’ll love it!

“This silence is deafening. Why did they come billions of miles just to stare at us? It’s rude.”

“We’re here, and then we’re gone, and it’s not about the time we’re here, but what we do with the time.”

“I want him to touch me again. I want to feel his hands, as soft as clouds. But I’m afraid if he touches me, all seven billion billion billion atoms that make up my body will blow apart and scatter across the universe.”

“Don’t you get it yet? The minute we decide that one person doesn’t matter anymore, they’ve won.”