Category Archives: School Libraries

partners in reading

It’s been thrilling for me to be part of the Changing Results for Young Readers (CR4YR) initiative, a network of educators with a shared goal of improving life chances for children. CR4YR is making a big difference – not only … Continue reading

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are you in your element?

Bonnie McComb, award-winning teacher-librarian at Parkland Secondary in Sidney, is about to retire. Yet she is just as passionate about her role today, while she’s in the throes of converting her school library into a learning commons environment, as she … Continue reading

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what keeps me up at night?

One need not venture far into the social media and news sphere to see that funding cuts to libraries are very much in the news and the minds of librarians across the country. No doubt this news is keeping some … Continue reading

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more than comfy chairs

Just as a room full of books is not a library, a room full of books, comfy chairs and technology is not a learning commons. I’ve been thinking about what it takes to make a learning commons. What is that … Continue reading

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pick a book, any book

Harry by the Sea, by Gene Zion, was the very first book I ever borrowed from a library. I remember watching the librarian type my name on the library card, and then telling me I could pick out any book … Continue reading

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