Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Rather Large Amount of Gratitude (Paying it Forward)

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.”   ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

There are good days and then there are the other kind.  Today fell into the latter category.  

And then this came in the mail.

An unexpected card from someone far away.  Someone I've never met but who knows me through this blog, twitter and various other ways that I've built my PLN. Someone from whom I've learned just as much, if not more, than she has learned from me.  Someone who took a few minutes to make my day.

I'm sharing it here because this, taking a few minutes to say thank you, is something I need to work on.  

There are so many people to whom I could have sent this very card - and meant every single word.  I've been super lucky.  The number of "mentors" in my life far exceeds the nay sayers.  And I know not everyone can say that.  Plus, I've got this massive, amazing group of virtual friends and colleagues, my PLN, swirling around me every day: teaching me new things and cheering me on.  

Seth Godin was right.  There really is something magical about having a tribe.

Which is why I promptly came home and wrote  a few thank you cards of my own - to the people who have empowered and inspired me.  The people who make me want to be a better teacher and person.  MY mentors.  MY tribe.

In some ways, writing those notes and "paying it forward" felt even better than receiving a note of my own (even though receiving this note was made of awesome!) and I know sending them tomorrow will feel even better.  

So... thank you to the person who sent me this note.  (I asked her if I could blog about it, but did not ask if I could use her name, so I'm going to leave it anonymous for now).  And thanks to all of you for being a part of my journey.  There are simply not enough cute cards and forever stamps out there to express my gratitude.

Like I said, there are good days and there are the other kind.  The next time you're having one of those others kinds of days, may I suggest thanking someone who's made a difference in your life?  

Trust me.  That simple act of gratitude can make all the difference.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Libraries as Cultivators of Creativity: There's an App for That!

I am not an artist.  But when I created this blog, I knew I wanted an avatar that would come to be synonymous with "Library Girl."  I figured, if I was going to don a virtual super hero persona, I would, at minimum, need a cartoon character version of my self who, if not able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, would at least sport a cape.

So... I started hitting up my artsy friends.  Alas, none of them were interested in creating a comic ME for which I could pay them exactly nothing.  Go figure.  Which left me with nothing to do but rely upon my own skills.  Let me repeat:  I am not an artist.

I am, however, a librarian.

And soon I'd discovered Mii creator, where I cobbled together a reasonable facsimile of myself, which I then popped into Microsoft Paint where I added red glasses, a cape and a pile of books.   And, boom!  Just like that, library girl was born.

Now, several years later, I'm still very fond of her.  Lately, however, I've been feeling as though it's time for a change.  Which brings me back to the fact that although I am not an artist, I am a librarian - which means I'm an explorer, a risk taker, a mistake maker, a leaner and an evolver.

Qualities, I imagine, many artists would use to describe themselves as well.
Qualities that I fear aren't cultivated as lovingly or as frequently as they should be at school.

In my experience, too often, school is about finding answers instead of asking questions.  It's about coloring inside the lines instead of creating new boundaries.  It's about finding the right answer instead of learning from mistakes.

Which is a sad thing.  But also an understandable one.  I was a classroom teacher for a long time before I became a citizen of libraryland, and I understand the pressure of showing measurable, quantifiable growth each year - pressure that leaves little time for things that aren't going to be "on the test."  And while as a librarian, I still feel that pressure and I'm still deeply invested in student achievement, I also recognize the opportunity and obligation to make the library a place where kids can discover, create, share and grow - a place where mistakes make learning possible.  A place where kids can take risks and be all the better for it.

Whether it's in our physical spaces or the depth of our instruction, the library should be a spot where kids use its resources to make new stuff.  As Joyce Valenza says, "the library should be more like a kitchen than a grocery store." It's not a place for kids to simply fill their carts and leave.  It's a place where they should be using the resources in the library to concoct whatever they can imagine.

All of which leads me back to the purpose of this post, which is to share some of my favorite APPs to help spark student creativity.   If you're lucky to have access to mobile devices in your library, these would make some great additions to your APP collection.   And if you don't have such access, they are worth exploring anyway - to consider what they provide students with the opportunity to do and then to think about how you can provide students with those same opportunities with or without a gadget.

Note: all of these apps are for iPad (though they likely have android counterparts).  And not all are free.    They are not listed in any particular order.

What is it?  Felt Board allows kids to create characters and stories using a really simple, but beautiful, interface. There's a wide variety of characters and settings to encourage creativity and imaginative play. Fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination are also honed while dragging, placing and pinching objects to scale. There's all sorts of shapes, numbers, colors and settings for kids to manipulate and discover while sharing their stories.

How can I use it?  I love this app as a way for kids to communicate an idea or create and share their own narratives.  I would use it in station/center work to allow kids to recreate the ending to a story given an "imagine if this had happened" twist.  I might also use it to let kids create book reviews, recreate a moment from history or to talk about a traumatic event in a safe environment.

Difficulty Level:  1.5 Super Easy

What is it? Draw Quest is a fun collaborative APP that centers around daily drawing challenges for which there are no "right or wrong answers."  Every day a new challenge, or "quest," is issued and the fun comes when kids have the opportunity to collaborate and share.  Kids can star their favorite challenges and watch instant replays of other drawings. It's meaningful for kids to see how others tackle the exact same challenge.   For example, one daily challenge might be "draw what you want to be when you grow up."  Not only do kids get to see how their classmates answer that question, but they can, through the replays, watch all the lines that were erased and redrawn before the "quest" is finished. 

How can I use it?  I would use it as part of a creation station or maker space, allowing kids to finish a challenge and view a few others.  Then I might have students write or record a reflection on what they learned about their classmates or themselves from the challenge.  I might also just let kids do it for fun.  (I know! Heresy!) 

Difficulty Level:  2 Easy

What is it?  Art Set is just exactly what it sounds like: an absolutely beautiful virtual art set that puts a plethora of mediums at kids finger tips as they create just about anything they can imagine.  It's like having an entire art studio at your disposal where kids can create using chalk, pastels, countless paints and brushes plus fun stuff like stickers and glitter.  If they can dream it, they can make it.

How can I use it? I would use Art Set in the same way I would use any visual arts component of a lesson.  Whether pulling out the descriptive passages of a text to illustrate the author's words or using art to make sense of figurative language like mood or tone, this APP could be used to help students bring their thoughts to life.

Difficulty Level:  3.5 Medium - Challenging

What is it? Let's Create! Pottery HD is an amazing APP that allows users to shape, decorate and share gorgeous and ornate clay vessels and pots.  Seriously, the products are absolutely beautiful.  The interface is easy to use and, if activated, the creations can be shared and ranked on the Let's Create website where artists share the story of their work, earn badges and other artists can comment on and rate their work.

How can I use it? I would love to use this APP with students studying ancient Egypt or Native American/Aboriginal cultures.  What fun to talk about how ancient artisans created pottery that conveyed very specific messages through its shape and decorations and how that pottery was especially meaningful when created specifically for a person's burial and journey to the afterlife. After learning about various Egyptians, from the very wealthy and powerful to the very poor and even enslaved, I would have kids create pottery to be placed in their burial chamber.  What messages would they want to convey and how would they do it?

Difficulty Level:  2 Easy

What is it?  Sock Puppets is a super fun APP that allows kids to create their own puppet shows.  The interface is easy to use, kids get to choose their puppets, can record their own narrations and then save/share the products for playback later.

How can I use it?  Sock Puppet shows could be used for book reviews, to tell the story of a field trip, to explain the steps in a science experiment, to explain an event from history, etc.  It's a great way to get kids communicating and collaborating! The finished products can also be uploaded to You Tube, embedded on a webpage or shared with parents/grandparents.

Difficulty Level:  1 Super Easy!

What is it? Comic Life is the APP version of the web tool that lets students create super fun comics with just a few easy drags and drops.  There are a number of preset styles, or kids can start from scratch - either way, the process of creating gorgeous comic strips is super easy.  And once finished, the products can be saved and shared.

How can I use it?  I would use comic life to help kids explain complex math problems, create propaganda from various points of view during a specific time in history or share their own stories.   Back in the day, I used to do a project with kids who were reading The Grapes of Wrath in which I would ask them to create 2 advertisements - one that depicted the idilic life in the west that the "Okies" were hoping to find once they got to California and then one that depicted the reality they found once they go there.  I would love to go back in time and let kids recreate these assignments using a tool like Comic Life!

Difficulty Level:  1.5 Way Easy!

What is it?  Art Studio is very similar to Art Set (see above): it's a full suite of drawing tools that allow kids (or adults) craft custom drawings.  However, Art Studio is not quite as complex, offers fewer options (though there's still plenty to choose from!) but is a little easier for the non artists among us.

How can I use it?  If you've made it all the way to the bottom of this post, you may be wondering what in the world my blathering about the Library Girl avatar at the beginning had to do with the price of rice in China.  Well, I started this post by admitting that I am not an artist.  And yet, I created Library Girl Redux using the APP Art Studio.

She's not perfect (much like her creator) and I may find that I want to go back to her predecessor at some point.  However, given the freedom to experiment, the right tools (Art Studio is my personal favorite drawing APP.  I just find it easy to use.), the knowledge that it's okay to make mistakes and the ability to start over (and over and over), I was able to create something I'm okay with sharing - which, for a self described non artist, is really saying something!

In the end, although it may sound cliche to say, the product is not what's important, nor are the tools you use to get there, it really is the process that matters.  Providing kids (and adults) with the freedom to imagine what something could be like, the tools to try to bring those wonderings to life and a safe place where, not only is it okay to stumble, but there's also someone there to help you back onto your feet, is crucial and all too rare - both in school and in life.

As librarians, we have an opportunity and an obligation to create spaces and instruction that cultivate our students' creativity.  Our spaces, our flexibility and our skills make the library the perfect place to turn kids loose: to give them the chance to imagine, explore, create and share.  Along the way, they'll make mistakes and plenty of messes, but that's how we all learn.  We may not all have access to the APPs I've shared in this post, but we've all got access to something far more important:  kids.  All of whom are eager and ready to get started!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

What's STEM Got To Do With It? School Librarians as STEM Super Stars!

Lots of schools across the country are either considering, experimenting with or diving right in to full fledged STEM initiatives; that is to say instructional programs emphasizing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.  Even if your school isn't going full STEM ahead, I imagine there's movement in your district and/or state towards encouraging student exploration of these subjects and fields.

This trend, plus a recent post on the Scientific American blog, about using storytelling to attract girls to STEM courses, got me thinking about how school librarians can support not just formal STEM initiatives, but the problem - or passion - based learning that underpins these programs.

To me it's a natural fit.  If STEM is about encouraging exploration, teaching kids to ask and find the answers to meaningful questions and using resources to change the world, librarians really ought to be leading that parade.  Not only do we have the skills to carry that banner, but frankly this is a shared pedagogical philosophy. 

So... what are some ways that YOU can support either STEM initiatives or STEM thinking in your library?  

Well... I'm so glad you asked!

Download an HQ copy HERE! 

Notice, none of these suggestions require you to go get a degree in microbiology or wear a hard hat, (though I think the latter would be pretty cool!) Rather, this is about school librarians using the skills they already posses to further initiatives that encourage kids to explore their passions, solve problems, learn from failure and change their world.  Plus... in addition to being super savvy in terms of proving your worth, being a partner in your school's approach to STEM has the added benefit of being really good for kids. 

As always, feel free to use and share or ignore the comic/infographic as you see fit.  However, if you're interested in learning more, I suggest you check out the following:

School Library Journal: STEM to Grow in School Libraries

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

School Library Marketing 101: It's About Students Not Stuff.

Librarians are not born horn tooters.  At least, I'm not.  I know that might sound contradictory for someone who a) calls herself "library girl" and b) spends most of her time running around the countryside spreading the gospel of library.

But it's true.

Tooting my own horn does not come naturally.  In fact, it wasn't until the world started to turn upside down and libraries became a frequent flyer on the fiscal chopping block that I decided I needed to learn how to advocate for kids by promoting what I did to support them.  I became a horn tooter out of necessity.  As so many of us did.

Let's face it.  These days marketing isn't just about marketing.  It's about advocacy: advocacy for students and how high quality library programs can change their lives.

The problem, however, is that most marketing is focused on tools:  the slogan, the brochure, the newsletter, the infographic, the wiki, etc.  And while all of these can be effective ways of delivering your message, it's the message itself that really counts.   Before we can even begin to think about how we're going to market our work and its impact on student learning, we have to create work that impacts student learning! 

I know.  I know.  That sounds a little obvious.  And yet, think about it.  If you were asked to develop a marketing plan for your library, where would you start?  C'mon... be honest!  Most of us would begin with a proposal.  An "I will _________" statement.  What's more, that statement would probably end with something like "create a monthly newsletter."  That's how we think of marketing.

And that's the problem.

School library marketing has to begin and end with impact.  It has to be about what we do for our kids, our teachers, our communities and why it's important.  It has to be about outcomes and the message that "we're all in this together" or, put another way, that we care just as much about student success as any other teacher in the building.  Don't get me wrong, at some point we DO have to think about how we're going to share that good work, but the work has to be good first.

So... over the last couple of weeks, I've been working on a template for creating a school library marketing plan.  In the end, I settled on 4 formal steps - that is to say, steps that are written down.  But as you'll see, there's some really important stuff written between the lines.  

Step 1:  Set some goals.

I cannot stress this enough: marketing is meaningless unless you have a product worth selling.  The most creative and most beautifully designed newsletter is ineffective if its content is not focused on specific efforts to impact student learning or help support our teaching staff or contribute to the greater school library community.  That said, the goals we set for our work are as varied as the communities we serve, but I feel strongly that those goals must be rooted in real, identified needs.  We can go to the curriculum standards and pull out an objective for whatever grade levels we teach, but wouldn't it be more effective to talk to some teachers about which goals their students are struggling with and then tackle those in our work too?  Similarly, if we know (as an example) that a significant number of our students come from military families, a reading initiative that focuses on the impact of multiple deployments or on the reading lives of kids in the countries that, although thousands of miles away, play an important role in our own students' lives, would be far more effective than a more generic program.   The point is, without some kind of data (either qualitative or quantitative) to inform our practice, we are really just shooting in the dark.  Getting to know our kids, our teachers and our communities  and what their needs are will help us create services that are WORTHY of our marketing efforts.

Step 2:  Seek alignment.

Though not every state's professional teaching standards for school librarians are worded exactly alike, I'm gonna go out on a limb here and assume that most are focused on student learning.  That said, creating alignment between these standards and your instructional goals for the year is a good habit to get into.  Not only does drawing this line help ensure that you're meeting the standards that your work will ultimately be evaluated on, but that alignment also helps sharpen the focus on student outcomes.  There's a reason school librarians are required to also be certified teachers: because certified TEACHER librarians know how to create instructionally focused library programs.  And instructionally focused library programs are worth marketing.  Additionally, if you've written a mission statement for your library, (and you really should do this!) make sure it's on your plan.  Even if you're the only one who ever sees it, that statement, which defines what you are about, is worth repeating.

Step: 2.5 Do the work.

This is the tough part. Once you've identified some worthy goals, you've got to go out there and do the good work that addresses them.  Otherwise, you've got nothing to market!  

Step 3:  Pick some tools.

Aaaah! Finally!  The fun part!  Yes, now you can pick some tools to help you spread your message and get more people involved in the instructional programs that you've worked so hard to build. And the good news is, there's a plethora of tools to pick from!  Whether you go the social media route or decide to rock out a killer brochure, here's my advice. 
  • Select multiple ways of marketing every initiative. Any marketer will tell you that a successful marketing campaign AT BEST only reaches about 10% of its intended audience.  So... if that's true, you need get that message out there repeatedly and in a variety of formats.  For example, if you've put your time and talents into building a library space that provides kids with the
    opportunity to create, communicate, collaboratie and think critically, be sure to share that on your webpage AND in the PTSA newsletter AND through some candy grams placed in teachers boxes AND on a strategically placed poster in the faculty restrooms.  The more times you send out the message, the more likely it is to stick.
  • Target your audience(s).  Spend some time thinking about who really needs to know about the programs you are promoting and then create marketing materials that target those individuals.  Marketing materials for your school board members, for example, should carry a different tone than those directed at students, etc.  We all know that "one size fits all" clothing never fits anyone.  The same is true of marketing.  Craft a message for individual groups, as and its more likely to hit home when it lands.
  • Find a balance between the innovative and attainable.   By all means, think out side the proverbial box when it comes to promoting how your library impacts students, but make your marketing goals realistic.  We'd all like to be able to skywrite our message over the football field during homecoming, but that might be setting your sights a little high.  Pick marketing tools that are easy for you to use and that you'll be able to knock out of the park.  If you create goals that are too difficult, they just won't get done. 
Step 4:  Create a timeline.

Creating deadlines will help you stay focused and on track.  Be specific and outline when exactly you're going to deploy your marketing arsenal and, to the best of your ability, stick with it.  Create events in your calendar and make these things a priority when you are able to.  But don't discouraged if actually serving the needs of your community gets in the way of promoting that work.  If you miss a deadline don't get discouraged.   Just remember, this isn't about tooting your horn, it's about building programs that change students' lives.  And that work is important too.

Step 4.5:  Reflect.  Reflect.  Reflect.

While I don't advocate reinventing the wheel each year, I also know that your goals are going to change because each year you have new kids and new staff members who come to you with all new needs. So take the time to collect some data from your stakeholders at the end of the year. Try to define some measures of success that will help you judge the merits of your plan - a good starting point might be participation (in the programs you marketed), feedback from your students, staff, etc., and/or student growth data.  Either way, it seems silly to go through all the work of marketing what you WITHOUT taking the time to evaluate that work at the end.  

So... if you've made it to the end of this post, bravo!  It's a long one, I know.

As I said early on, I've created a template for this work that you are welcome to use and share.  If you like it, as is, I've made it a PDF form, that you can simply plug your info into and then save and/or print, etc.  On the other hand, if you feel it needs a few tweaks to meet your needs, feel free to create your own version using any part of what I've already done. Either way, if developing a marketing plan is on your list of things to do, just remember that, as with everything we do, library marketing is about students, not stuff.  Begin with creating programs that are based on worthy goals and selling them will be a snap. 

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Collection Development 2.0

I've been a super fan of Gwyneth Jones' fantastic comic tutorials (using the comic creator Comic Life)  for a long time!  And what's not to love??  Gwyneth's colorful, fun graphics are a great way to share information and learn new stuff.  So... when I was tasked with creating a tutorial on how to create a "21st Century Collection Development Plan" for a group of NC librarians, a comic tutorial seemed like just what the doctor ordered.

Now... before I go any further, I want to go on record as saying that it's (past!) time to stop calling things "21st Century ______."  If nothing else, we're already 13 years into this thing and I'm not sure any of us would call pedagogy for 10 years ago (also in the 21st century) cutting edge. I'm far more interested in pursuing methods and strategies that inspire learning and ignite passions in any century.  Besides, since we're all teaching and learning in the 21st century, it just seems redundant to keep saying it.  That said, Richard Byrne over at Free Tech for Teachers recently wrote about this topic so hop over there if you need further convincing.

Even so, I was excited to put together a tutorial for what I am calling "Collection Development 2.0."  That is to say, a reboot of how we approach an important part of what goes on "behind the scenes" in every school library.  As with all aspects of our work, developing an effective library collection has to be rooted in our goals for student learning:  not starred reviews, not average copyright and not the gadget du jour.

Now... before you start that angry comment, let me clarify.

Yes... up to date resources are important.  And yes... reviews are an important and effective tool for learning more about a title before purchasing it.  HOWEVER, the most important thing to consider when deciding how to spend our limited funds has to be our kids.  No matter what the purchase, we must be able to answer the following questions:
  • Are these resources directly aligned to my library's mission?
  • Were these resources selected based on what I know about my students?
  • Are these resources aligned with state and/or local curricula? 
  • Am I confident that they will inspire learning or ignite student passions?
  • What plans do I have for how these resources will be used for teaching and learning?
  • How will I know if their use is successful?
  • How will I share this success?
This is a tall order, I know.  What's more, it's hard work.  But what's best for kids usually is.

So... yes, I'm excited to help some of my NC colleagues work towards these goals.  And here's what I've come up with.  Note - this is my first effort using Comic Life and if you compare my work to comic tutorial master, Gwyneth Jones, you'll be sorely disappointed.

That said, I don't think the tutorial tells the whole story, so I also created a companion Prezi that is, definitely, a work in progress.  Over time, I'll be adding some images/examples to go along with the text, for now, it's a decent start.

As always, my work is licensed under creative commons, so feel free to use and share.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

News Flash! Teacher Librarians TEACH!

Yesterday I learned that I, along with several other far more amazing Teacher Librarians, have been nominated for a Bammy Award.  If you're not familiar with the Bammy's here's how they describe themselves:
The Bammy Awards is a cross-discipline honor that identifies and acknowledges the extraordinary work being done across the entire education field every day-- from teachers, principals and superintendents, to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, school custodians, early childhood specialists, education journalists and parents. The Bammy Awards were created to help reverse the negative national narrative that dominates the education field.
The Bammy's seek to honor educators in the same way that Hollywood honors celebrities because, in their opinion, teachers are the real rock stars in our society - an opinion I happen to share by the way.

Anywho, I mention this because this is the first year that Teacher Librarians have been included as a category for Bammy nomination, an honor that, if nothing else, just helps reiterate the fact that Teacher Librarians are.... (wait for it!) TEACHERS.

This may seem obvious, but so many states still classify TLs as "support staff" making them ineligible for state awards like "Teacher of the Year" or even paid substitutes when they are out with the flu.  And yet, these same folks, often teach six classes a day with no break, no planning and, very often, no complaints.  

Why?  Well, because that's just what teacher's do.

But this is not a grumpy, complaining, rabble rousing post.  (Ok.  Maybe it's a smidge of those things).  This a post about celebrating!  And yes, it's about celebrating ALL of the amazing librarians who have been given the Bammy nod this year, but it's also, and far more importantly, about celebrating the multitude of others out there who will spend their entire careers devoted to great teaching and learning without ever getting an award.

Let's rock the vote for them.

No matter who you vote for, go give a nod to your favorite Teacher Librarian and, in doing so, you'll be helping to acknowledge the universal (and yet so often ignored) truth that Teacher Librarians TEACH.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Technology Is Not Transforming Education. YOU are.

Ok.  Pop Quiz:

Which of the following uses of technology have I actually witnessed during my travels to schools and libraries around the country?**

          a.  Students using netbooks to complete a worksheet.
          b.  Students playing games on a tablet as a reward for completing the "real lesson."
          c.  A teacher using an interactive white board to show the class a video clip.
          d.  All of the above.
          e.  None of the above.

If you picked D then you've clearly filled out a few bubble sheets in your day.  

Now.  Using the same answer choices above, try this one on for size.  In which of the previous examples was "technology transforming education?"  

Bingo. E. None of the above.

I mention this because I've been seeing a lot of articles lately purporting to list the "10 Technologies That Will Transform Teaching" or "11 Apps That Will Save Education" or "18 Web 2.0 Tools That Will Make You Look 10 Years Younger!" Okay... I made that last one up.  BUT the first two examples are just as ridiculous.  Technology cannot change, transform, save or even improve education.  

Only you can do that.

What's more, I think this speaks very specifically to what I see as one of the major shifts in school library work.

As our collections grow to contain more and more digital resources and our physical spaces change to include more technology, it's tempting to think that the library itself has evolved.  But it's not that simple.

               Circulating eReaders will not transform your library.
               Hanging a Smart Board will not transform your library.
               Giving every student a Chromebook will not transform your library.
               Letting your students bring their own device will not transform your library. 

Don't get me wrong, I love technology.  And if I had access to all the technology listed above along with a school full of kids, I'd make some serious magic.  But the bottom line is this:

Only great teaching can transform your library.  And only you can do that.

**I want to be clear:  I visit tons of schools and libraries. And during those visits I see many, many wonderful examples of teachers using technology to make their instruction better.  That said, while the examples above are real, they are, fortunately, not the norm.

Monday, April 1, 2013

April is School Library Month: 30 Days and 30 Ways to Celebrate and Share

Once I realized that April was School Library Month I thought, "I know! I'll share one uber cool school library resource each day (on various social networks) as a way to show off what we do and celebrate the work of my colleagues!"

Then reality set in.  Despite my good intentions, I knew I'd find it tough to keep up with daily postings.

Not to be deterred, however, I decided to make a calendar of said resources.  A visual representation of how school libraries rock, impact student learning and are evolving to meet the needs of today's learners.  

Here's how I did it.
  1. I created the calendar in Pages for Mac.
  2. I saved it as an image file.
  3. I uploaded the image to Thing Link.
  4. I tagged one resource on each date.
And Voila! 

Now... here's what you do!

  1. Scroll over each date to see the resources.
  2. Click the edit button to add your own resources!
  3. Pay It Forward: Share these resources with someone who is important to your work.  And I'm not just talking about other school librarians.  I'm talking about principals, classroom teachers, school board members, legislators, parents, etc.  After all, for the next 30 days, you've got a great opener... "Hey, it's School Library Month so I thought I'd share..."  I know you can do it!

That said, it's School Library Month!  So let's celebrate together!