Thursday, February 20, 2014

Teen Tech Week - March 9-15, 2014

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library. The event is held annually during the second week of March. Contact the ALA Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA, a division of ALA) with questions.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Addie Zierman is coming to Waggoner!

I've been following Addie Zierman's blog for some time now. When I heard that she was interested in coming to Nashville for a reading of her new memoir, When We Were On Fire, I reached out to her and am pleased to announce that she will be here tomorrow at 6 pm.

Addie writes with honesty and humor as she examines the effects of growing up in the evangelical subculture. Though your experience of faith may not exactly the same as Addie's, her story will resonate with many. Please come join us for this special reading and stick around afterwards for refreshments. Addie will also be selling and signing copies of her book.

Hope to see you there!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Library of Congress Main Reading Room Open House on Presidents Day

Twice each year, the Library of Congress opens its magnificent Main Reading Room for a special open house to share information about how the public can access the Library’s resources year-round.

The first open house of 2014 will take place on the Presidents Day holiday, Monday, Feb. 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Main Reading Room is located on the first floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C.

Photography is allowed and reference librarians will be on hand to demonstrate services, instruct on how to obtain a Reader Registration card and answer questions.  Visitors can join the conversation that day on Twitter using the tag #LCSpring14. Read more here.

Waggoner library has quite a few books about our U.S. Presidents.  From our first President, George Washington to Ulysses S. Grant to our current President, Barack Obama you can find biographical, autobiographical and informative works to suit your needs.  Click here for a keyword listing of titles. Waggoner Library is open regular hours on President's Day.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Children's Authors & Illustrator's Week

Children's Authors & Illustrator's Week is celebrated the first week of February with a goal of inspiring a lifelong love of reading, writing, and art.  The Children's Authors Network (or CAN!) website has information about this annual event, including helpful classroom resources, hosting an author or illustrator, as well as providing some tips for parents, caregivers, teachers, and librarians.

Some children's authors and illustrators with birthdates this week include:
Judith Viorst - Feb. 2
Joan Lowery Nixon - Feb. 3
Russell Hoban - Feb. 4
David Wiesner - Feb. 5
Berta Hader - Feb. 6
Laura Ingalls Wilder - Feb. 7
Anne Rockwell - Feb. 8

Come by Waggoner Library's Instructional Resource Center and find books by all of these children's authors and many more.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Digital Learning Day is here!

Digital Learning Day is about giving every child the opportunity to learn in a robust digital environment everyday, with the goal of success in college and a career - and school librarians are critical to achieving this goal.
In a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education, school libraries and school librarians have been identified as key for the transition to digital learning. The report, Leading In and Beyond the Library, also highlights the indispensable role school library programs play in the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning. 

We are celebrating digital learning at Trevecca by co-sponsoring with our ITS department and the Center for Teaching & Learning a campus-wide event - the Digital Learning Showcase.   Our keynote speaker, Dr. Kecia Ray currently serves as Chair President of the International Society of Technology in Education (ISTE) Board and is the Executive Director of Learning Technologies, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. We are very excited she will be with us. In addition we have set up a digital playground so you can see and experience new and emerging technologies for the classroom and for collaborative learning spaces. Thanks to our vendors (Dell, TriStar, IDS, Steelcase) for resources and support of this event!  Following up the event there are plans for hands on training with SmartBoard software and a webinar on Flipped Classroom.  Each attendee will be given the classic work,  Flip your classroom : reach every student in every class every day
If you are doing anything for Digital Learning Day, AASL reminds you to share your innovative projects and ideas on social media and be sure to tag your posts with the Digital Learning Day hashtag, #DLDay