Instagram Display: #StewartReads

At a recent professional development day in my district, one of the workshops focused on creating displays that promote literacy and reading in your library.  One of the examples was a “get caught reading” display, where the media specialist took pictures of students reading in the library and displayed them.  This got my gears turning. … Read more

The STEM Maker Library Grant

In all the craziness of last year, I forgot to blog about one of the grants we received.  Almost every year that I’ve been a media specialist, I’ve applied for a grant from the Hillsborough Education Foundation.  In previous years, I’ve applied for more graphic novels, books geared towards reluctant readers, and audiobooks.  This year, … Read more

Library Makeover Preview

I just found out a few weeks ago that my school is receiving a Lowes Toolbox for Education grant of $5,000 to transform our library!  I applied for this grant back in February, with the goal of transforming the instruction/tables side of our library into a dynamic, collaborative, Learning Commons-style space capabale of quickly and … Read more

Changing your learning space without spending money

I’ve been thinking and reading a lot about learning spaces, and how to create a physical space most conducive to learning.  My library is pretty small, with no natural light, lots of heavy furniture, and a 30 computer lab stuck in the middle of it.  While I may be limited somewhat by the physical space, … Read more

3 Reasons to Rethink Your Reference Section

Like many school libraries, my district has been gradually shifting from print reference to digital reference.  Yet when I first arrived at my library four years ago, we still had several hundred reference books, filling up three large floor shelving units.  The majority of these books were out of date. Over the past four years, … Read more

Why Libraries are More Than Books, But Still Need Them

Recently,  changes in Pasco County’s media centers have been making the news.  Pasco is adjacent to my school district, so naturally I’m interested in what’s going on next door.  Last year they eliminated their media specialists, much to the chagrin of their parents and students.  Now they’re talking about modernizing their media centers to keep up … Read more