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5 September 2017 Tuesday

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I’m going to have to take a brief pause from the blog for a while. I really enjoy the work that I do so, before I feel any more stress or anxiety over the growing number of projects and deadlines in front of me, I’m going to pull back on a few things. I’ll be […]

Not Trying to be Authoritative, Just Sayin’

24 August 2017 Thursday

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I’m always working on something! One of my current projects involves working with my department members on updating our instructional programming. I look to the new ACRL information literacy framework for my guidance on this. For librarians transitioning from the old standards or even from bibliography instruction this can be a challenge. Our conversation yesterday […]

review: Bloodline

16 August 2017 Wednesday

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title: Bloodline author: Joe Jiménez date: Arté Publico Press; 2016 main character: Abraham   “A majority of the work is told in a second-person narrative before switching to first person at the shocking climax. While there is resolution, the startling and quick conclusion will most likely leave readers angry and upset.” School Library Journal Jiménez […]

I Don’t Need An Alarm Clock

15 August 2017 Tuesday

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I woke up about 3am and couldn’t go back to sleep. This tends to happen to me every once in a while so, I decided to make good use of my time by considering a blog post. I couldn’t help but ponder events that occurred in Durham NC, Charlottesville VA and Seattle WA where overt […]

Every Second Series

8 August 2017 Tuesday

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The plan: to introduce a serial or series every second Tuesday Second Tuesday Serials Title: The Birchbark House Author: Louise Erdrich Date: Hyperion Books for Children; 1999 main character: Omakaya The endpapers of The Birchbark House display a map of an island in Lake Superior dated 1874. A bird, Andeg, guides the map with his […]

Pay It Forward Thursday

3 August 2017 Thursday

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Brownsville Community Justice Center in Brooklyn is in need of 200-300 new or gently read books for young people ages 10-16. To reflect the young people in the neighborhood, it is asked that the books be #ownvoices or books that accurately center Native Americans or Children of Color. Lauren Abramo tweeted that “This is part […]

Author Interview: Alexandra Diaz

2 August 2017 Wednesday

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A couple of months (yes, months) ago I reached out to author Alexandra Diaz for an interview. We immediately connected, we did the interview and I let it sit in my inbox. And sit. And sit. I could say I’ve been busy (because I have been!) and I could say I simply forgot to post […]

First of the Month

1 August 2017 Tuesday

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because we still need to celebrate firsts In 2015, Jacqueline Woodson was the first African American Children’s Poet Laureate. “This laureateship aims to promote poetry to children and their families, teachers and librarians over the course of its two-year tenure.” Margarita Engle, Woodson’s successor and the current Children’s Poet Laureate, is the first Latinx to […]


30 July 2017 Sunday

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I haven’t been in the office for two weeks. I spent three days delivering a workshop to IN teachers and five days working from home on research leaving. That’s two days of vacation. I miss being a K-12 educator and yes, it’s all about the vacation time. Being an educator is doing information work and […]