Mesa Library News

for the week of February 1st to February 5th

Spotlight Book - The Red Queen

The Red Queen by Victory Aveyard

This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart ...
RED QUEEN by Victoria Aveyard | Official Book Trailer

Scholastic Book Fair - Feelin' Groovy

The Book Fair is coming this way again! February 22nd to February 26th. We're getting some great new titles this time, so start saving your money and prepping your Wish Lists!
Additionally, if we do well on this one, we'll be given the opportunity for a 3rd fair in May that will be a BOGO event! All books at that sale would be buy one get one free!

Today's Titanic Tech Tip - Slide Talk

Slide Talk - Great for presentations, especially for students who are unable or unwilling to speak in front of a group. Give kids the power to write narration that someone else will say for them (and help them check their own work when it plays back what they've typed). If a student misses his presentation date, he can still submit it for the class to view even when he's not there.

Convert presentations and PowerPoint to video

Use SlideTalk to convert your PowerPoint presentation or any collection of slides into an engaging talking video ready to be shared with your audience on your website, social media or intranet.

Add automatic voice over and background music

Automatic voice over is generated from your texts by using multilingual and high quality text-to-speech from Acapela Group. Choose among several background tracks to enhance the mood of the presentation.

SlideTalk Presentation Feb 2015 v2


Simply defined, collaboration takes place when members of an inclusive learning community work together as equals to assist students to succeed in the classroom. This may be in the form of lesson planning with the special needs child in mind, or co-teaching a group or class. Friend and Cook (1992, p. 6 - 28) listed the defining characteristics of successful collaboration as follows:

  1. Collaboration is voluntary;
  2. Collaboration requires parity among participants;
  3. Collaboration is based on mutual goals;
  4. Collaboration depends on shared responsibility for participation and decision making;
  5. Individuals who collaborate share their resources; and
  6. Individuals who collaborate share accountability for outcomes.

Powell, William. "Chapter 5: Collaboration." U.S. Department of State. U.S. Department of State. Web. 29 Jan. 2016.

I want to work with YOU! (and not just because of my CITE)

So, yes, I can teach mini-lessons, often at the drop of a hat, on all kinds of topics including citing sources, using the Library's databases and subscription services, and searching effectively and efficiently online. But what I really want to do is collaborate WITH you and teach WITH you. With ten years of classroom experience plus another six years in the Library, I know a thing or two about lesson planning and teaching. I've collaborated with multiple disciplines over the years and I really believe that we could make a good team. Let's sit down one day and talk about a lesson that we can do together! I'll even come to your room to collaborate and to teach!

S. Shanahan, M.A.Ed.

Ms. Shanahan is a recent immigrant to Colorado from Los Angeles, California. She started as a high school English teacher in 1997 in the Los Angeles Unified School District and shifted to the Library in 2006. In 2008, she earned both her second teaching credential (in Library Services), and her Master's in Education (School Librarianship). She knows the CCSS well and can teach classes in 21st Century Skills, the 4 C's, and the World Class Outcomes. She'd LOVE to collaborate with teachers to help build student skills in writing, research, and citing.