Summer Reading

For me reading happens all year, all the time, but there is something special about summer reading. Maybe it is because I feel like I can take my time with a book, I can read during day light hours and finally get to the professional titles I’ve been meaning to read.  So it was with great pleasure I came across Sherry Gick’s #SummerThrowDown. You can read all about it and sign up at her blog The Library Fanatic.

This is the third year and as an added bonus we can call someone out on social media to challenge them to a SummerThrowDown.   Because he is always challenging me to be a better school librarian (whether he knows it or not) I decided to call out and challenge Andy Plemmons to 30 books. He is probably already reading over 30 books anyway but if anything it will keep me on track to read my 30.  Telling you right now some will be picture books! But that still counts.

So if you want to challenge yourself and/or call out someone else to read with you jump over to Sherry’s blog and join us!


Sweet Summertime

Summer is here, finally. The end of this school year has been a hard one for me. My 19 year old niece was killed by a drunk driver on March 28. The rest of the school year was a little hazy. This blog isn’t a place for pouring out my grief, but I just wanted to mention why I had been so absent.

With this said, I am excited about my opportunities this summer to collaborate and grow professionally. At the end of this month I will be attending ISTE for this first time.  The conference is in Atlanta so it’s not too far to drive and I convinced two other library media specialist from my school district to go with me so housing won’t be too expensive. I registered for this conference in January and have been really looking forward to attending. I will be able to meet many of my virtual Twitter peeps IRL (in real life) and I can’t wait! I even created new business cards so if you run into me at ISTE make sure I give you one so we can connect next school year.