Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015...right around the corner

A look back at my 2014 goals...  My word for the year was FOCUS.

2014 brought many life focus wasn't always crystal clear...I didn't achieve all of my goals but the fact that this doesn't completely stress me out shows a lot of growth for me!  Life sometimes gets in the both good and bad ways...but being able to continue moving forward in a positive manner is the ultimate goal.

2014 Goals:

Read: 175 books
Nope.  I read 108 but you know what?  I'm okay with that.  It's still A LOT of books!  

Run: 1000 miles
Nope.  I ran 517 miles.  Yes, that is WAY short of the crazy goal of 1000 miles, but it's still 517 miles (made my #500in2014 group goal)!  I love the movie Nike+ made showing my year in running.  

  • involvement at the state & national level in AISLE & ISTE-SIGLIB
Yes! In 2014 I was named as the AISLE representative for ISTE.  I was also named President-Elect for the ISTE Librarians Network (formerly known as SIGLIB).  Both are honors and responsibilities I am quite excited to fulfill!
  • collaboration at school with teachers
My job title and responsibilities changed for the 2014-2015 school year.  I now have the opportunity to meet with teachers more regularly and help with technology implementation.  I also have enjoyed planning PD for our staff--20 hours offered so far!
  • awesome group projects with amazing TL friends around the country like Matthew Winner, Andy Plemmons, Shannon Miller, Tiffany Whitehead...
Genius Con!  What a great group project!

My 2015 Goals:

  • Read 115 books.
  • Run 600 miles. (50 monthly!)
  • Challenge myself professionally in new ways.
I'm not sure where I'm going with the professional challenge goal...but I do know that with my job changes this school year, I'm struggling with feeling successful and I need that to change.  More thoughts on this soon as I reflect and evaluate.

Bring on's time to GROW.  

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas!

I hope your holidays were (are?) filled with family, friends, food, and of course, good books!

Each Christmas, we always purchase books for our children.  This year, I was especially pleased to not only give them each a book they were dying to receive, but also to find one for each of them that they weren't aware existed.   For my children, this is a tough thing!  I am constantly talking about new books, sharing new books, and we love to visit bookstores.

My 13 year old received The Annotated Sandman (Volume II) and BBC's Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories.  She has recently started collecting Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics.  She is also a huge Doctor Who fan, but didn't know about this collection of stories.  She was thrilled to see so many of her favorite authors had written the stories.  I look forward to borrowing this book after she finishes reading it!

New graphic novels smell wonderful!

My 9 year old son received the second book in the Brixton Brothers series by Mac Barnett:  The Ghostwriter Secret.  We're late to this party, only recently discovering this series after Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen visited Central Library in Indianapolis (do not EVER pass up an opportunity to hear/meet either of these amazing authors!).  We've been reading book one together at night with many giggles and laughs.  I was thrilled to give him Batman Science: The Real Science behind Batman's Gear and know that we'll ALL learn lots from this book.  (His sister immediately said, "Can I borrow that when you're finished reading it?!")  A special thanks to my friend Aly B for recommending it!  (Be sure and check out her blog KidLitFrenzy for wonderful recommendations and reviews!)

Coen has plenty of room on his new bookshelves built by his dad on Christmas Eve.  Time to shop for even more books!  

Over break, I'm looking forward to finally reading Blue Lily, Lily Blue (The Raven Cycle, #3) by Maggie Stiefvater.

Happy break...and happy reading!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Thank you Scholastic!

It was quite a surprise and honor to be included on this list recently shared by Scholastic:  10 School Librarians to Follow on Twitter 

Of the other 9 TLs included on the list, I have had the privilege of meeting #5-10 face to face and am happy to call each of them friends!

#1, 2, and 4 I follow and "know" on Twitter and hope to one day meet them face to face as well.

Thank you so much Scholastic for including me on such an inspiring list!

List copied and pasted from Scholastic:

1. Betsy Bird (@FuseEight)
The New York Public Library in New York, NY
As the New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist, Betsy Bird knows a thing or two about good books. In addition to writing the picture book Giant Dance Party, Betsy is a School Library Journal blogger. You can learn more about Betsy, read her book reviews or check out her interviews with authors on A Fuse #8 Production or by following her on Twitter.
2. Michelle Colte (@Michelle_Colte)
Hale Kula Elementary School in Wahiawa, HI
Michelle was named the inaugural School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year in September. By integrating technology into instruction and advocating for community building within the library, Michelle stood out as a 21st century librarian. At her school in Hawaii, Michelle works hand-in-hand with teachers to emphasize the importance of playful learning, and strives to develop a sense of “ohana,” or family, in the library through school events.
3. Sherry Gick (@LibraryFanatic)
Rossville Consolidated Schools in Rossville, IN
Sherry is fanatic about all things reading and technology-related. As a Library & Instructional Technology Specialist in Rossville, IN, she shares her experiences on her blog “The Library Fanatic” and actively tweets about exciting books, conferences and tools that she encounters. Sherry works to give students a voice in their education and is always looking for new ways to make connections and share ideas.
4. Colleen Graves (@gravescolleen)
Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, TX
Colleen considers herself a maker, a teacher and a librarian. She was chosen as a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist in September 2014 for her “Makerspace” initiative and her creative use of technology in the library. In a recent edu@scholastic guest blog post, Colleen explored how modern librarians can help teachers make global connections by connecting with authors, other classrooms, and even curricular experts or mentors.
5. Travis Jonker (@100scopenotes)
Dorr Elementary School in Dorr, MI
Travis Jonker has been an elementary school librarian since 2005 and a successful blogger since 2007. On his School Library Journal blog 100 Scope Notes, and on Twitter, Travis talks about all things children’s literature including reviews, news and more—perfect for fun, new ideas for the classroom and library.
6. Shannon Miller (@shannonmmiller)
Van Meter Schools in Denver, CO
Shannon is a former teacher librarian and current teacher librarian educational consultant based in Colorado. Perhaps you have seen her blog, The Library Voice? Shannon was named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and can often be found speaking and consulting around the country on education, librarianship, technology, social media and education. She is a must-follow on Twitter!
7. Andy Plemmons (@plemmonsa)
David C. Barrow Elementary in Athens, GA
As a School Library Journal School Librarian of the Year Award finalist, Andy knows what it means to be a lifelong learner. He is passionate about professional collaboration, helping students experiment with new technologies and enriching classroom instruction with lessons and activities from his school’s media center program. Andy’s goal this year? To empower student voice.
8. John Schumacher (@MrSchuReads)
Brook Forest Elementary School in Oak Brook, IL
John Schumacher, also known as Mr. Schu, describes himself as a Library Media Specialist working diligently to put the right book in the hands of children. His blog “Watch. Connect. Read.” explores the world of children’s literature through book trailers and you can find even more book recommendations and literary insights byfollowing Mr. Schu on Twitter!
9. Joyce Valenza (@joycevalenza)
Rutgers University from Abington, PA
You could say that Joyce is on a never-ending quest to learn about all things technology and learning. This School Library Journal blogger is currently an Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Communication and Information, where she helps shape the minds of new librarians. Fun fact: in 2011, Joyce’s Twitter chat #tlchat won an Edublogs Award.
10. Matthew Winner (@MatthewWinner)
Ducketts Lane Elementary School in Elkridge, MD
This elementary school teacher librarian is an avid gamer, a persistent reader and an author! Matthew was named a 2013 Library Journal Tech Leader Mover & Shaker and currently blogs at “The Busy Librarian” where he interviews authors, promotes innovation both in and beyond the library, and provides book recommendations to readers and fellow teacher librarians. Be sure to check it out! 
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