Friday, March 28, 2014

Book Trailers

Want to get kids excited about books without having to read the book yourself? Step into the world of book trailers. These short videos (made by tons of publishers, library media specialists, and students) introduce a book the same way a movie trailer introduces a movie. Check out the latest a greatest book trailers on these sites.

Teaching Books --> Under "Authors & Book Resources"
If that link doesn't work, use the Teaching Books link via Badgerlink

Or just head over to YouTube and search for your favorite book title plus the words "book trailer". Chances are you'll find it!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Animated GIFs

So if you've been an the internet at all in the past few years, you should be aware that animated GIFs are a thing. To make it an educational thing, the folks at ABCya! have created a animation tool.
Click Above to Visit

Create your own story using available backgrounds, icons, and text. You can have up to 100 frames. And it's all free with no login required.
Really quick, short example

Find this and more fun creation tools on the middle school and high school libraries CREATE pages.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

The Giver is Going to be a MOVIE!

Check out the trailer for The Giver (based on the book by Lois Lowry). Opens in Aug 2014.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Young Adult Book Recommendation Resources

Want to find a really awesome young adult book to read? Here are some resources to check out to get recommendations for you teen lit readers!

The Lawrence Public Library "Teen Zone" 

Read On Wisconsin's "High School Recommendations" 

Guy's Read Book List
Teen Reads "Ultimate Reading Lists" 

The Book Seer

Once you've got a recommendation, stop by the middle school or high school library to see if we have it. You can check online yourself by visiting

Monday, March 3, 2014

Elementary Book Fair Fiesta!

Our elementary book fair is underway!

Location - ES Library
Dates - March 3-10th
Times - Students may stop by to browse and purchase during their regular library class. Parents may stop by during conferences on March 3 & 10, and during Dr Seuss Night on March 6.

Online Fair - Shop online from Feb 23-March 15.

We are running a coloring contest for students. Students can pick up a coloring sheet and return it by March 5th. One student from each grade level will win a book from the fair.

Teachers can also create a classroom wish list. These books are chosen by the teachers to give the opportunity to donate to classroom libraries. Profits made from the fair will also be used to purchase items.

All profits benefit our school and our students. Classroom libraries and the school library will be enhanced with new titles and Students will receive books as prizes.