April 2015

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

President's Message from Kathy Wick

Spring is finally here! Everyone is excited for Spring Break to head off on vacation, paint, clean closets, visit family, or just hang out with a good book. Whatever you decide to do, ENJOY!! The break is a great chance to recharge before the final push to the end of the year.

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!

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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 or Beth Bowen at 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.

Trendy Topics

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

Online Articles

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?

Assessment Tools

Authentic Assessment Toolbox

Rubrics from the University of Wisconsin


4:45: Genrefying a Fiction Collection at Pattie Elementary (16125 Dumfries Road)

Resources for our Discussion

Online Articles

Are Dewey's Days Numbered?

Would you Elementary School Work Better if you Scrapped Dewey for the Bookstore Model?

Online Blogs

AASL's Dewey vs. Genre: The Conversation Continues

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

Buffet Dinner:

Salad Bar

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!

Cost: $25.

RSVP: By May 5th to Wanda Higgins at

Primary Sources Institute

Tuesday, July 7th, 8am to Thursday, July 9th, 4pm

12375 Aden Rd

Nokesville, VA

VAASL is hosting three Primary Source workshops this summer. This is the third summer of a special grant to bring these workshops to librarians across the state of Virginia.

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!

Each summer the Summer Sync program offers free audio books each week: one contemporary title and one classic. There are great promotional materials available to remind students (particularly HS) to download the books to their favorite device. You can sign up for email updates to be kept informed and reminded when each new title is released. The trick with Summer Sync titles is that they are available for a week only and the titles must be fully downloaded into an Overdrive app (on computer or phone). The books are yours to keep and listen to whenever you wish. Twenty eight titles should keep you well supplied for much of the year!

Children's Book Week, May 4-10

Find resources online for celebrating and promoting Children's Book Week. Students may also vote in book awards (children's and teens categories).

PWSLA Members will receive a free poster for this event!

One Question Responses from March

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 have been a Bookworm Central customer for close to twenty years now and Laurie Rothenberg, their vice-president, contacted me when she was looking for local schools to host Alison Formento. Alison came and presented to our kindergarten, first, and second grade students.

I am in the process of securing an author for my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and am hoping to try something 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