It's official. A year from today, I can start withdrawing from my 403(b) without penalty, something I'll do when I retire. That isn't my plan for the immediate future, but it is nice to have options. After all, there's still a library to build and a program to transfer. But as I said, options. Things… Continue reading The clock starts ticking… now
Tonight, the Independent Schools Section of AASL will premiere a new recording of "The 'What If' Scenario", a presentation I first did with Sara Kelly-Mudie and Courtney Lewis in 2018. It's been updated because, let's face it, the worst kinda did happen to our libraries. All our libraries. Next month, my Upper School Librarian, Joanna,… Continue reading Please allow me to [virtually] introduce myself
Since the lockdown started, I've spent most Tuesday nights attending a Mussar class run by Congregation Beth Elohim. This week's middot is simplicity, and I've been thinking a lot about how that plays into my role as a librarian/teacher. The first thing that jumps out at me is the collection: weeding, updating, making things more… Continue reading The simple life for me
Every year I look forward to having the opportunity to learn from experts and peers, to hear about great programs and books and ways to doing the normal library thing that are different from the way in which I'm doing them. Of course, that in person learning and sharing simply isn't going to happen in… Continue reading Professionally Developing
I don't know about any of you, but I love having conversations with people where I'm the least smart person in the room. Last weekend, a book group consisting of friends I've made on various book award committees met and as much as I read, I'm definitely not the smartest person there. Far, far from… Continue reading Back to Basics
Luckily for me, last week I was working on campus and so missed much of the Amy Coney Barrett hearings commentary. One thing, however, did cross my radar and got me thinking. It was this exchange with Sen. Hirono: “I have no agenda,” Barrett replied. “I do want to be clear that I have never… Continue reading Am I the last to know?
A few summers ago, after working on a big weed, I texted my then-assistant. She is Québécois and I texted her en francais: je suis fini However, thanks to autocorrect, and a quick send, it came out as je suis finite (which, ok, kind of close). A year or so later, we were talking about… Continue reading Zut correction automatique!!
What We Will Be Remembered For When This Moment is Over Answering, “How are you?” honestly and giving others permission to answer honestly, too. How we didn’t say yes to every Zoom call, napped, meditated, read fiction, got outside every day, for how we gave ourselves what we needed and could, in turn, give others… Continue reading You’re important, too
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0rx0512ooE Anyone else feeling this way? Usually at this point in Spring Break, I'm starting to feel as though it might be time to go back to work. I miss my colleagues and students, and wonderful as my cats are they simply do not care that I've just read a great book (nor do they… Continue reading Current mood
I've written before about why there's a problem with reading levels and lexiles. We all know, sadly, that they're still a thing, despite authors and librarians pleas: https://twitter.com/kelleemoye/status/1199388647470043145 I've read so many books that are published with a recommended age, or grade, and I know that those are more a marketing thing from publishers and… Continue reading What really matters when reading