Your Media Center Resource Guide

Classroom Ideas, PD Opportunities, Books, and so much more!

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a wonderful summer. But, alas, it is time to brush the sand off our feet and get back to school.


Everyday an enormous amount of information comes to me through the various PLNs I belong to on Twitter and Facebook, and several library associations. It is not just about the library and books, but information you all can use everyday in your classrooms. Rather than flooding you with emails, I have decided to curate the information into a newsletter for the staff. You will be receive the newsletter periodically throughout the year. I will keep text to a minimum and get right to the meat of the matter.


This newsletter will also contain information on activities and events taking place in the media center for staff and students.

Book Themed Podcast Series - The Yarn

A unique, episodic podcast about the making of a single book—the upcoming middle grade graphic novel by Jennifer L Holm and Matthew Holm, Sunny Side Up—launches today. Created by school librarian Travis Jonker and teacher Colby Sharp, “The Yarn” examines the highly anticipated book from multiple perspectives in this, Season 1 of a new podcast series. Available on the link below or in iTunes.

Fun Literacy Based PD Idea

It's called Nerdcamp. If you have heard of or attended and Edcamp, this is the literacy equivalent. It is based on the unconference format and judging from all of the Twitter chats it was an amazing event. Maybe we could bring it to NJ?

Kindoma - Shared Reading App

The free app allows two users to connect screens to share and interact around a story.

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Crenshaw introduces Jackson, a fifth grader whose family has fallen on hard times and is living in their minivan, with little money for food. The last time the family was homeless, Jackson was visited by Crenshaw, an imaginary friend who is an oversize, outspoken cat – who now comes back into his life. Launched this week with outreach to bookstores, the Nationwide Crenshaw Food Drive is galvanizing booksellers to sign on to host food drives in their stores to benefit local food pantries. The campaign also involves donations – of food and funds – on the part of the publisher. Due out September 22.

Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

For those of you who fell head over heals for Chris Grabenstein, check out how the illustrator created the cover for the new Mr. Lemoncello.

Billion Mile Race

Walk, Skip, Run - add up our kids miles and enter the race.

#Story in 140 Literary Challenge

Check out how Gwyneth Jones, The Daring Librarian, challenged her middle school students to write a story "Twitter style" in 140 characters.


Easy for you to create your own submission form using Google forms.

#Mystery Skype

Mystery Skype is a fun, teacher-invented learning game that builds students’ cultural awareness, critical thinking, and geography skills. The global guessing game that gets kids learning with Skype.

Word Workshop

Make word wall cards, flash cards, labels, and lists.

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Absecon Schools Media Center

This newsletter was created by Rose Hagar, Library Media Specialist for the Absecon Public Schools,