Making the most of your BOOK FAIR

I have just held my fourth Scholastic Book Fair and WOW! What a success! We are a K-6 school and have around 420 students. We sold just shy of $6700 at this last Fair which blitzed last year’s sales total by over $800! My consultant is continually surprised with our sales and is always asking “So, what are you doing to get such good numbers?”

At first my response was “Um, I don’t know…” But after discovering that not every school is making such good numbers, I really got thinking seriously about the answer. Continue reading

Image, Public Perception, and Lego Librarians

This is great! Which Lego figure most represents you??

Mr. Library Dude

I love seeing how the public and the media portray librarians. Whether it’s the shushing/conservative stereotype, “naughty librarian” stereotype, under-appreciated & over-worked public servant (this one is NSFW-but one of my faves!), dealing with inept patrons, or even ones that combine the brainy stereotype with sexiness – I eat it up. I wonder if accountants or architects feel the same way when they see their field portrayed?

Entering Pop Culture

So, how do we know when librarians have hit the big time? Lego has introduced a Lego Librarian – part of its minifigures series line. This line of minifigures is an eclectic group. Series #10, which the librarian belongs to, also includes a warrior woman, sad clown, and a paintball player among others. In fact, the librarian is the only viable career option in the set! How cool is that?

There are 150+ minifigures, only…

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Junior Browser Boxes

Following the recent discussion on WASLAnet (WA’s school library listserv), I thought I’d write a post about how our browser boxes have been set up to house our junior picture book collection. Our school has used this system for a long time – long before I arrived on the scene – so it has stood the test of time and works very well.

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Danny Parker inspires

Hello again! It’s been a while…a crazy end to the year means I have a lot to catch up on. A big thank you to Amanda from Christchurch, New Zealand who gave me a metaphorical kick up the backside with her lovely and encouraging email reminding me that maybe people are reading!

So, let me transport you back in time to Book Week 2014…

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Connecting to Authors

Book Week 2014 is so close now! I’m sure everyone has some exciting plans to help students “Connect to Reading”. One way we can help students do this is to get them to connect to authors. But if budget is an issue for you, there are authors out there that might just offer their services free of charge.

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“Connect to Reading” display

Welcome back to Term 3! No doubt everyone is busy planning for Book Week at the moment. I thought I’d share with you my “Connect to Reading” display. I have to admit that displays are not my forte…I just don’t have the time (or the creativity if I’m being honest) to create masterpieces. But ideas are certainly worth sharing!

In the photo below, I’ve created a border of puzzle pieces (an idea from Pinterest) using coloured card and dust jackets. Continue reading

What library centres can do for you

No matter what your role is in your school library, library centres have something to offer everyone. Whether you’re a teacher librarian required to formally teach your students library and research skills, or a library assistant required to run the library while class teachers supervise their students during their visits, library centres can make your school library a fun and exciting place to be. Your students will be kept busy and behaviour problems kept to a minimum. Continue reading