The Art of Literacy

All AISD Librarians Meeting - February 10, 2016

Focus on: Books and Reading

The February professional development meeting spotlights literacy and all things "book". We'll talk about how to remove barriers to literacy for all of our students, and different ways to access and interact with books. See you there!



Please register in HCP for "Librarians' Training Session for All Levels: Professional Learning Community", course LIB.03, section 79629.

Librarians' Professional Learning Community

Wednesday, Feb. 10th, 2-4:30pm

745 Mansell Avenue

Austin, TX

Note the start time! The Palm students have returned home, so we can resume our usual start time of 2:00 p.m. Please remember to allow time for traffic and parking.

General Session (2:00 - 2:30)

We're all in this together! The entire AISD librarian community will meet together for Important news, announcements, and fellowship.

Please read the descriptions below, and *click HERE* to indicate which breakout sessions you are most likely to attend. This is not a commitment and you can always change your mind later; this is just to help us plan which session to put in what room.

Breakout 1 (2:40 - 3:30)

Culturally Diverse Literature

Are you interested in literature that reflects the varied colors, cultures, languages, traditions, and perspectives of our diverse community? Rita Painter, Stacey Smith and Don Bos will share books, resources, and ideas about culturally diverse literature.


Motivating Reluctant Readers - Got Strategies?

Got strategies that work to motivate reluctant readers? Need new strategies that work to motivate reluctant readers? Minda Anderson will facilitate discussion in this share-out session. Bring your best strategies to share and get new tips for helping all students become happy readers.


Teaching Books - Literacy Connections Across the Curriculum

Explore resources to support cross-curricular literacy initiatives, with existing literature collections, using the resources and tools at TeachingBooks.net (one of our District online resources). Attendees will leave this session with customized lists and resources to use in all curricular areas. Val Edwards of Teaching Books will present a live webinar just for us.


Talking Books Program - What it Is, and How it Works!

Talking Books, a free program of the Texas State Library, provides audio, Braille, and large print books for persons with visual, physical and reading disabilities. Learn which of your students may qualify and how to help them access these resources. Representatives from the State Library will present. This session will be repeated in Breakout 2.

Breakout 2 (3:40 - 4:30)

To Star or Not to Star - Reviewing the Review Books

Want to get the first look at review books? Join the Review Book Cadre! We're looking for a few librarians to start writing reviews of the books we get from publishers every year. In this session, we'll look at what makes a good review, develop a quick review template, and determine a publishing platform.


eBook Platforms - a Panel of Perspectives

Confused about all the options for eBooks? Come hear a panel of AISD librarians (all levels) share their experiences with a variety of digital book platforms: How did they choose one (or more)? Was it easy to setup? Are students using it? What is / isn't working well?


Teaching Books - Building Literacy Around Diverse Texts and Authors

Discover resources to support the integration of diverse texts and authors into your library. Attendees will leave this session armed with specific resources and strategies with the potential to enrich their literacy work with global perspectives. Dr. Annette Smith from Teaching Books (one of our District online resources) will present a live webinar just for us.


Talking Books Program - What it Is, and How it Works!

Talking Books, a free program of the Texas State Library, provides audio, Braille, and large print books for persons with visual, physical and reading disabilities. Learn which of your students may qualify and how to help them access these resources. Representatives from the State Library will present. This is a repeat of the session from Breakout 1.

Mark Your Calendar!

Next month's professional development meeting will be on Wednesday, March 9th, and the focus will be on Librarians as Leaders - make plans now to join us!