Every now and then it's nice to share what inspires us... When I'm feeling like a tired librarian (not sleepy tired, but boring tired - yikes!), I look to my colleagues for a little bit of pep and innovation. And I always find something unique and interesting to use in my own library. Here are a few of the elementary school library blogs I follow:
100 Scope Notes
"Travis Jonker, an elementary school librarian, started 100 Scope Notes in the golden days of 2007. Travis also reviews for School Library Journal and is a member of the American Library Association."
Travis introduced me to book spine poems, and while I haven't tried using them with students yet, I hope to someday!
The Lemme Library (blog renamed to The Book Butcher)
Kelly Butcher is the teacher-librarian at the Lemme School in Iowa City. I love her use of graphics and videos in her blog - inspires me to share more techie things with my students.
Barrow Media Center
Andy Plemmons is the librarian at the Barrow Elementary Media Center in Athens, GA - though I had to dig through their Facebook page to find that out! Andy also shares lots of videos, especially of student work, which I think is pretty cool.
Michelle Holt is the media specialist at Highland Elementary in Waterloo, IA, and I like to think we're blogging buddies. :) We both have reading blogs outside of our school library blogs, so it's nice to catch up on life stuff too. What I love about Michelle's library blog are the oodles and oodles of links on her sidebars - all kinds of kid-friendly websites for specific research topics along with author and character websites and much more.
Watch. Connect. Read.
Mr. Schu is a fellow Illinois school librarian, and his blog focuses on connecting students with book trailers. I love this idea! He often puts up trailers for upcoming book releases, so I always know when a new book that my students will enjoy is coming out. Like today I found out that there's a new Lunch Lady graphic novel due out at the end of this month!
Those are just a few of the hundreds of blogs I follow - got any favorites of your own to share?