Insta Love Through Gale Databases

Jan 19th, 2016 Library Issues, School & Public Library Collaboration Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

I know it seems a little overboard to say that, but teachers are going to LOVE us after we release our handouts for our new Gale database of online courses. The courses are real, approximately 6-week courses made through ed2go. These courses are usually offered through community colleges for around $100-500, so we’re already saving patrons this much every time they sign up for a…

2016 Resolve to Rock

So I’m coming in a little late this time, but hey, it’s still January right? This post started from I guess an initiative of sorts that Storytime Underground does every year to focus you on what you want to accomplish professionally this year. Last year my goals were more broad with networking and getting more involved with the library associations I’m in. I think I…

Lifecycle of a Teacher Book Bag

Dec 28th, 2015 School & Public Library Collaboration Rachel Reinwald 9 min read

I figured I’d start adding more posts than just book reviews and storytime plans. I am the school services librarian at our public library. It is rather small but our local school district only has one district librarian and 4 schools and I cover additional schools on top of that. What are Classroom Connections? So we have a teacher book bag which is called our…

1st Annual Media Literacy Week

Nov 6th, 2015 School & Public Library Collaboration Rachel Reinwald 2 min read

Finally, some attention to an important topic. We have Common Sense Media’s new Digital Citizenship lesson packages, the usual how-to use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, [insert teenage social media here] without getting arrested, kicked out of school, or in trouble with parents. But there is more to it, and more for the elementary kiddos. This is the official website’s description: “Media Literacy Week is designed to…

15 Great Teaching Books

Apr 20th, 2015 Lists, Professional Development Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

As a school services librarian, I continually purchase for the teaching collection, a section of our library that has books that help teachers and homeschooling parents find teaching resources and information on teaching practice and theory. A couple of popular topics teachers are looking for include differentiating instruction, Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards help, Student Learning Objectives design and Response to Intervention. Our…