Untangling the World of Books, Technology, and Instruction

Thursday, January 24, 2013


Montmaray Journals
So...yesterday I was shelving some books and passed by The Fitzosbornes at War  by Michelle Cooper which arrived a few months ago from one of our book services.  I had been mulling over reading it, but had hesitated because this was Book 3 in a series.  As it happens, over a week ago,  my assistant was cleaning out some drawers and came across three or four books that had never been cataloged.  Interestingly enough, one of them was The Fitzosbornes in Exile which was Book 2.  So again, I thought well, maybe I'll start with Book 2 and add Book 1 to my next purchase list. I opened up my Mackin (great book supplier - by the way) and looked the title of Book 1, Brief History of Montmaray. Since I  have our entire catalogue uploaded to Mackin - when I look up books the database tells me if I already own that title or have it on a list. Crazy, crazy - we already have that title in our collection.  Found it on the shelf. Check it out to myself. Happy girl.

And the moral of this story?  There isn't one except to say that sometimes things just come together in unexpected ways and isn't it fun to just appreciate the small things.

Thursday, January 10, 2013


Yesterday, my daughters walked into a volleyball match, side by side with matching warm ups and bags.  I asked myself, how did we get here already? I'm pretty sure just last week, I had one child and we were spending every Saturday in January watching Dad coach wrestling. My journey as a parent has been marked by these moments - and sometimes I forget to stop and look back.

My journey as a librarian has been marked by my students and the books that have changed me along the way.
        * The Snowy Day - Ezra Jack Keats (The power of a little school participating in a simultaneous national reading program - yes, we can make a difference.)
         * Little House Chapter Books - Adapted from Laura Ingalls Wilder (Watching a first grader discover she is a reader.)
          * Healing Spell - Kimberley Griffiths Little (Connecting with a national author through our elementary library blog)
          * Perfect Chemistry  - Simone Elkes (Really listening to a student's passion for a book.)
          * Crank - Ellen Hopkins (Students' freedom to read and the power of our students' passion for reading.)

Retrieved from communities.washingtontimes.com

I seem to roll through my whole life at full speed - one thing to the next. I just completed my master's in December, and some reflection seemed appropriate. I tell my students all the time when we talk about research, technology, and love of learning, the journey is more important than the destination.

Just like Alice - I give great advice, but seldom take my own.

I have been truly blessed with an amazing PLN which has brought me new friends and colleagues (#nebedchat). I get starstruck when I meet one of my Tweeps - and I hope that never stops. My students continue to inspire me everyday with their insight and wisdom. I look toward the future for more books to mark my journey. Most of all - I am humbled by the blessings and opportunities being an educator have brought to my life.