January 20, 2016

A New Discovery: Aquarium Music

A New Discovery and Tip of the Week:  YouTube's Aquarium Music

     For the past two weeks I've been out of my office and working  at a school in my new school district.  The librarian is new and we are working side by side to manually import marc records and other books into her new Alexandria circulation system.   

     For music and relaxation for her students, she plays aquarium music found on YouTube.com.  In YouTube's search menu, type in 'aquarium music' and you will find several videos to choose from.
     Let me tell you it's addicting.  I've always used classical and gospel music in my libraries.   I've observed that the kids love it, and I have grown to love it too.  When you are sitting in her library, you can watch a beautiful array of tropical fish swim gracefully across the screen.  The music isn't over the top, it's soothing and best used when played at a low level.  

     View one of the videos below and enjoy!

January 18, 2016

Monday Memes: Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Birthday Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today's Monday's Memes is dedicated to the 'Prince of Peace', Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

New Pinterest Page

The beginning of a new adventure.  
Check out the East St. Louis Sr. High School Pinterest Page
Search:  East St. Louis Sr. High School

January 10, 2016

Monday Memes

Image courtesy of School Library Journal, January 2016

January 6, 2016

My Next Presentation

Using Technology to Engage the Reluctant Reader

Presented by: 
ISTE & School Library Journal

Event Date & Time: 
Wednesday, February 17th, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

January 4, 2016

Monday Memes

Here's a couple of memes that have provided me with some inspiration.  Hopefully they will inspire you too.

New Opportunity...

East St. Louis, Illinois:  City of Champions
     July 2015, I was presented with an opportunity that I couldn't turn down:  Serving as a district librarian.  I interviewed for the position and was offered the opportunity to serve in a hybrid administration/high school position that began in August of 2015.
     It was difficult saying goodbye to a great group of Phillips students, teachers and community members.  The blessing is:  I still have a relationship with the students, in particular my Anime/Manga Club Members.   I am now the Lead Library Media Specialist for East St. Louis School District #189 in East St. Louis, Illinois.  Previous posts from Wendell Phillips Academy High School can still be viewed.  Those experiences were valuable and are precious memories.  

     I hope that you will follow me as I rebuild the high school library, support a great group of librarians and help integrate print/technology resources into the district.  Most importantly:  Getting kids excited about reading is what I'm committed to executing.   I'm excited about this opportunity and I hope you will follow me as I begin a new journey in school librarianship.
My New Home!