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News for BPS School Libraries

Happy November

November is Picture Book Month. How will you celebrate?
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Join the BPS Library and Tech Team Google+ Community!

As a pilot, BPS is opening up Google+ to Library and Technology staff. To leverage the ability of using this social media resource as a collaborative tool, we have set up a BPS Library & Tech Team Google+ Community. All BPS library staff is invited to join! This is a private community for Library & Tech staff to share and collaborate online.


Here are next steps.

  1. Activate your BPS Google+ and create your profile. For assistance on activating your BPS Google+ account, please see the following video created by Liz Homan.

  2. Let us know once your profile is completed via this link. We will check responses regularly and send an invitation to join the BPS Library and Tech Team Google+ Community through your BPS email.

  3. Once you receive your email invitation, follow directions to join the community.

  4. Once you join, introduce yourself to the community.

#MSLA Twitter Chat

This month's #MSLA Twitter chat will take place on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 8-9pm. Jennifer Reed, an elementary school librarian from Newton Public Schools, will be the special guest host. The discussion topic will address collaborating with teachers and collaborative projects. Join us!

Letters About Literature - Message from Sharon Shaloo - Executive Director, Massachusetts Center for the Book

Once again, we are inviting all students in Grades 4 through 12 to participate in the Letters About Literature program, sponsored by the Library of Congress and its affiliated state centers. This year's guidelines may be found at the MCB website. Deadlines are December 15, 2014 for Grades 9 to 12 and January 15, 2015 for Grades 4 to 8.


As you know, Letters About Literature allows students to explore memorable reading experiences by writing a letter to an author whose work has personally touched or changed them. Letters are evaluated within age groups for state awards and finalists represent Massachusetts in a national competition.


We appreciate your leadership and look forward to the continued participation of your students. Beyond the competition aspect of the program, LAL provides a wonderful opportunity for our young people to pause and reflect on the books that have made a difference in their lives.


Please spread the word and don't hesitate to contact the Center at letters@massbook.org. You will also find helpful links below.



The 2015 program guidelines and deadlines may be found here.


Additional information and Massachusetts-specific guidelines are available at The Massachusetts Center for the Book website.


A comprehensive teaching guide is available through the Library of Congress by clicking here.

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Teachers: Get a Free DVD Copy of 12 Years a Slave

From a blog post from Richard Byrne (Free Tech 4 Teachers):

Teachers can receive a free DVD of 12 Years A Slave. The DVD, distributed by Fox Connect, comes with a study guide and a copy of the book. You can register here to receive your copy of 12 Years A Slave. Please note, the registration form does ask for your principal's approval and Fox Connect will not ship to residential addresses.

Google Basics for Teaching - Free online course beginning 11/18

Want to bring technology into your classroom? Looking to discover new ways of creating meaningful learning experiences for your students?


This self-paced, online course is intended for anyone - of any technical skill level - hoping to use Google's educational tools in the classroom. Through videos, use-cases, and examples you'll get ideas about how to bring Google for Education (including Google Apps for Education with classroom, Google Maps and more) into your teaching.

Register at https://basicsforteaching.withgoogle.com/preview

Laura Bush Foundation Grants

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries Awards More Than $1,000,000 in Grants to School Libraries. Applications for the 2015 round of awards are now available online at http://www.laurabushfoundation.com/. Please let me know if you decide to apply and best of luck!

The Art of Reading: Boston Latin Academy Book Club Visits Gardner Museum

Read the guest post by Sophomore Caroline Mayer, BLA Book Club President. Caroline wrote this after the Book Club’s October 17th field trip to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Article was submitted by BLA Librarian & Book Club Advisor Molly Lewis.