Our Vision: Support and grow the Prince William County school library community.
President's Message from Kathy Wick
I marvel (and yes stress a little - or a lot) at how much more there is still to accomplish between now and the end of the year. Yes it is busy and there is so much to do, but don't forget to reach out to your colleagues if you have questions, ideas to share or need help. Many of us may be on our own in our buildings, but WE ARE NOT ALONE! COMMUNICATE, COLLABORATE, and CELEBRATE with each other. There is wealth of support and fellowship out there for the taking. Two prime examples are our final PLC of the year on April 21st and our Spring Banquet May 7th. See details below and please join us!
Please consider joining the Board!
Our organization exists to support all of us- the school librarians and support staff of Prince William County. An organization can only remain strong and responsive to it's membership if people are willing to get involved. We need new faces, new ideas, new people to be part of the Board. Do you have strong opinions? Great ideas? Need something to include on your PPP? Want to dip a toe into a professional organization? WE NEED YOU! We are looking for people to fill the following positions on the PWSLA Board:
- President Elect (you don't move up to President for two years so you can ease into it!)
- Secretary - 1 year position
- Treasurer - 2 year position
- Advocacy Chair
- Membership Chair (you hand out PWSLA brochures annually and keep the spreadsheet of members up to date)
- Members for the Social Committee (work together to plan social events such as happy hours, lunches after LIB meetings and the annual Holiday and Spring banquets
- Directory Chair (update the annual electronic directory and take pictures of new members
Contact Kathy Wick at firstname.lastname@example.org or Beth Bowen at email@example.com if you have questions or are interested! These positions are NOT time consuming and it is a great group of people to be involved with.
Join other PWLSA members for a discussion about hot topics and trends on April 21st. Articles and background information will be provided about both topics.
3:45: Student Assessment in the Library at Stonewall Middle (10100 Lomond Drive)
Resources for our Discussion
Kristin Fontichiaro's What is Formative Assessment?
The Data-Driven Library Program by Judith Dzikowski, Mary Tiedemann, and Justin Ashworth
Violet Harada's Assessing Learning: The Missing Piece of Instruction?
Rubrics from the University of Wisconsin
4:45: Genrefying a Fiction Collection at Pattie Elementary (16125 Dumfries Road)
Resources for our Discussion
Jennifer Fountain's Genrefying the Library
Shannon Miller's Moving our Fiction into Genre Neighborhoods
Tiffany Whitehead's Genre Shelving
Print Article (copies available at meeting)
Dewey's Destiny: Actions in the Field (School Library Monthly, March 2015)
PWSLA Spring Banquet
Thursday, May 7th, 5pm
City Tavern, Manassas VA
Chicken Masala or Roast Sirloin Beef au jus
Green Beans and Oven Brown Potatoes
Coffee and Tea
The Evening will include inductions of new PWSLA Officers, Recognition of Retirees and Guest Speaker: Author Laura Lee Gulledge
Laura Lee Gulledge is an artist, author, and playwright from Virginia. Her debut Young Adult graphic novel Page by Paige (Abrams Books) was nominated for both the Eisner and Harvey Awards, including Most Promising New Talent. Her sophomore release Will & Whit made YALSA’s Top Ten Books for Teens and Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books 2014.
All librarians and their assistants are invited!
RSVP: By May 5th to Wanda Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org
Primary Sources Institute
Tuesday, July 7th, 8am to Thursday, July 9th, 4pm
12375 Aden Rd
The Institute will run each day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Register for the Nokesville course now--space is limited!
Get Free Audio Books with Summer Sync!
One Question Responses from March
From Betsy Masterson, Gravely ES:
I was fortunate enough to have a FREE author visit "fall into my lap" ~ one of the many perks of promoting our local school business partners!
I am in the process of securing an author for my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and am hoping to try something different...an author for the boys (Fred Bowen) and a separate one for the girls (Katy Kelly). I am in the discussion process with both authors, so neither are set in stone yet.
From Dublin & Mitchell, Stonewall MS
This year, three local authors are visiting our school. No travel expenses for authors helps keep our costs down.
Nancy Silcox met with our 7th graders on March 11th. Linda met her at her workshop at the Potomac Regional Conference in 2014. Her book, Samuel Wilbert Tucker: The Story of a Civil Rights Trailblazer and the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In is her first book. She met with our 7th graders to talk about her writing process and Tucker's life.
In June Ann McCallum, author of Eat Your Math Homework and Eat your Science Homework will speak to sixth graders.
Kristy Feltenberger Gillespie, self published author of the YA Nirvana Trilogy is also a guidance counselor at Marsteller MS will be speaking to our 8th graders about her novel, Jaded.
Local Writer's Organizations that may help find authors for a visit are:
*PWCS free speaker list
*Write by the Rails -- Manassas area writers
*James River Writers -- Richmond area writers
*Washington Writers Conference -- DC area writers
PWSLA Visits the Washington Library @ Mt. Vernon
Eleven PWSLA members, three spouses and one history loving daughter spent a Saturday morning touring the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. It is a beautiful new facility and Allison Wickens the library's new Vice President of Education gave us a wonderful glimpse at the resources available through the library and Mt. Vernon. We had a great two way discussion about what the library could do for us and how that matched up with what kinds of resources we are looking for as school librarians. Ms. Wickens is continually looking for ways to enhance the educational experience for anyone using the library's resources. Everyone enjoyed the tour and we are planning another for this summer in case you missed it!
Lunch @ the Mt. Vernon Inn
Six lively librarians (and one daughter) shared a lovely lunch at the Mt. Vernon Inn after the tour of the library. Thank you to Jill's daughter for taking our picture to document our culinary adventure!
The Reading Room
We started our tour in the reading room surrounded by the founding fathers. The space was beautifully paneled in wood from a 300 year old tree that was alive during the time of George Washington. You look out at the grounds that are landscaped to fit in with the grounds and landscaping of Mt. Vernon.