December 2015

Our Vision: Support and grow the Prince William County school library community.

President's Message from Beth Bowen

How did it get so late so soon? Its night before its afternoon. December is here before its June. My goodness how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?

Dr. Seuss

Happy Holidays to PWSLA members. Take time to sip some cocoa, snuggle up with loved ones and get ready for the wonder and excitement 2016 is sure to bring.


December 1, 4:30-5:45
Book Box Widget Workshop

Lisa Story and Carolyn Vibbert are hosting a workshop at Coles Elementary. Come learn how to use the Book Box Widget to display book covers on your school website or personal blogs.

THURSDAY December 3, 2015
PWSLA Happy Hour

The All American Steak House & Sports Theater
4179 Merchant Plaza
Woodbridge, VA 22192


RSVP 11/30/15 to Wanda Higgins

Mt. Vernon Teacher Appreciation Night.
18th Century Holiday Traditions and we’re very excited to welcome David and Ginger Hildebrand from The Colonial Music Institute. They will play 18th century Christmas carols and wassailing tunes, and give a little history about each one. The evening also features a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres and candlelight tours of the mansion. The event is free and open to all Virginia, DC and Maryland teachers, but it does require registration. You can find more information, including registration, on our website.

Wednesday December 9th
PWSLA Professional Development: Middle School Resources for Teaching ESOL
Stonewall Middle School 3:30-4:30
Contact Linda Mitchell @ for information and to rsvp.

Fri-Sun. January 15-17
Mt Vernon Virginia Residential Weekend: Teachers will join us at Mount Vernon for a weekend of scholarly discussions, primary source workshops and educational tours. Lectures, workshops and tours will examine George Washington as a politician, private citizen, farmer, and most importantly, a Virginian. In addition to being fully funded, travel stipends are available to defray the costs of travel to Mount Vernon. Applications are due for this weekend on Dec. 14. For more information, including the application. Visit our website.

Saturday March 12, 2016 VAASL Potomac Regional
Battlefield HS

Prince William School Librarians at the Virginia Association of School Librarians Conference 2015

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Got Advocacy? School Libraries Work! 2015

According to Brittney Sullivan of Scholastic, "In November, Scholastic released the 2016 edition of School Libraries Work!, a new research report providing evidence of the positive impact of school librarians and libraries on student learning. The new report includes national- and state-level findings from more than 30 separate research studies demonstrating the integral role school libraries play in teaching and supporting student learning, while confirming that when school librarian staffing is reduced, student achievement in English Language Arts (ELA) suffers."
For the rest of the article:

To download School Libraries Work! :

PWSLA's December Book Giveaway

Congratulations to Debra Knisley at FPHS winner of a signed copy of Silver People by Margarita Engle.

To enter the December drawing for a new copy of Circus Train by Jennifer Cole Judd, click the link below.

Free Webinars from AASL

Each month AASL hosts several webinars that are FREE to all librarians! AASL members have the advantage of access the webinar after the live event. There are two great topics for December including using Remind in your library and reinventing your space physically, with makerspaces and with student voice.

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