Monday, September 1, 2008

Too Cute!!!

I found this on Youtube. This young lady is reading one of my favorite children's book series- Olivia. I usually read most of the Olivia books to my students through out the year. I usually read Olivia Saves the CircusOlivia Saves the Circus and Olivia and the Missing Toy at the begining of the school year when I do my unit on proper book care with the 1st grades. The students love Olivia; even my boys. I have two Olivia dolls and the students are so cute with them; they always say hi to her when they come into the Library and they are always begging me if they can hold them during her stories.

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Guess what I got for my library!!!

The newest SMARTBoard.

Here is the post I wrote for my school's blog:

Welcome the newest addition to our Library
We are getting closer to the start of school kids (seven days, but who is counting). The new Library schedule is posted on the Library's web site. New book displays are being put up as I type this. Needless to say, I am excited for the beginning of the school year and seeing all my friends back in the Library.

OK- I have to admit that there is one more reason why I am excited to start the year. It has to do with the new addition to our computer lab area; our new Library SMART Board. We are lucky to have one of the newest models of the SMART Board, the 600i. This model has the projector and speakers built onto it and can work with a wireless lap tops. I enjoy incorporating the SMART Board into Library lessons- students find the lessons more interesting and it blends technology, research skills and literacy together. Missed out on a brainstorming session? Do not worry, we saved our ideas using Smart Notebook. Having trouble seeing the text on the article we found on Kids Infobits? Do not fret- we can magnify it using the tools so you do not need to strain your eyes. Did not get that Power Point on parts of the dictionary? We can play Dictionary Hangman using the interactive SMART Board. Having this tool available in the Library will definitely make Library more interesting this year.

For more information about the 600i, click on the following link:

Monday, August 18, 2008


Shameful on how I have been maintaining this blog. Here is what happened-

I got a new job as a LMS in the Revere Public Schools. It is an almost brand new library and I was there 1st professional librarian. It was in good shape but it still took a lot of time in setting up and establishing a routine with the students and staff (all very successful and worth the hard work).

Then to help supplement my collection (at school not at home) I started to write reviews for Susan Babb's and NRMLS Book Review blog. That took sometime too.

And did I mention that through out this I was pregnant. Yup- I had my little boy Logan at the end of June. He is amazing and he loves libraries and reading.

So finally I am back to my normal routine (it only took a year) so I promise to be more faithful to the Young Adult Librarian blog.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I just finished the last Harry Potter and was very pleased with it. This is not really a review because I do not want to give anything away but I will stress this one thing- this is not a children's book. It is definitely a young adult book.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Cheap new books and furry friends

Looking to enhance your stuff animal collection? Want cheap, new books? Kohl's runs a promotion entitled "Kohl's cares for kids" (very cheesey but wait) and each season they feature a children's book which one can purchase for only $5. I am not talking about some softcover, special "Kohl's" edition book; it is the real deal hardcover. Five dollars!!!!! Not bad. But wait, there is more. They also feature one or two fuzzy friends to accompany the book. Those are also $5. It changes each season. For the spring, Kohl's is featuring the Mark Teague series of "Dear Mrs. LaRue." You can purchase the two Mrs. LaRue picture books (remember, they are the hardcovers) and two stuff dogs from that series all for $20. They make a great addition to any library or classroom.

To learn more about "Kohl's care for Kids" campaign, visit their web site :

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Book Review: Today I Will Fly

Book Review:
Mo Willem's Today I Will Fly!

Today I Will Fly! is part of the Elephant & Piggie series. Written for primary age students- Elephant sees everything "half empty" while Piggie is more of a "half full" animal. In this addition- Piggie is insisting that he will fly. Elephant begs to differ. Simple text and simple illustrations help portray Piggie's plight.

Truth: I love Mo Willems! He is a Russell Crowe among children's authors (he's a babe!). So it will be no surprise that I adore Today I Will Fly. It is perfect for a read out loud and ideal for beginning readers to practice.

Oh, and I have been adding more to my "Catalog". Please check out my "library thing" :

Come on- I dare you.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Book Review: The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond.

Book Review:
Victoria Foyt's The Virtual Life of Lexie Diamond

Lexie Diamond is a middle school outcast. More comfortable with her Mac, she prefers the company of her online friend "webrider" then the so called "Barbie Dolls." To get her mom off her back, Lexie lies and said she is the President of the Virtual Computer Club at school (she is really just the treasurer). Then her mom is tragically killed in a hit and run. Lexie finds even more solace in her computer. One afternoon, Lexie finds her mother in cyberspace. Her mother gives her clues about her killer- Lexie's father's new girlfriend Jane. Can Lexie convince her father that her mother's spirit visits her via Internet? With the help of some unlikely new friends- Zoe, the popular fashionista (and real President of the Virtuaal Computer Club), and Wilson, cute slaker skater boy- Lexie may just stop her father from making a big mistake.

Truth- Very cheesey sci-fi novel. Everything is resolve into a neat little package (hope that does not ruin the end for anyone). The computer and tech terms are very outdated- almost as if Lexie is a 40 year old woman and not a 14 year old girl (which is not a slight at the author who may or may not be 40). The book jacket flap is somewhat misleading: states that Lexie father's suddenly starts dating after her mom's death; he doesn't start dating Jane until 6 months after the hit and run. There are also these where montages that do not hit the story. Quick read though.