A Year in the Life

A series of blogs by the librarians and staff at Napa Valley School Consortium

  • Looking Back on ‘A Year in the Life’ at Year’s End

    Looking Back on ‘A Year in the Life’ at Year’s End

    Reading over the last year’s blog entries made me more emotional than I thought I would ever be. Yes, I was proud of the contributors and amazed by the variety of topics covered. From tweeting...

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  • Pairing Nonfiction with Fiction

    Pairing Nonfiction with Fiction

    by Colette Crowther I frequently see students check out books they have already read because they don’t want to look for anything new. I always try to recommend something different that has a...

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  • Connecting with Authors via Twitter

    Connecting with Authors via Twitter

    by Jeff Vogt “What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone...

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  • A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

    A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

    by Kate MacMillan Everyone has earthquake stories, but not everyone has library earthquake stories… In Napa, we have the story and the photos to go along with it! For those who possibly didn’t...

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  • The Challenges of Creating a Space Conducive to Learning and Collaboration

    The Challenges of Creating a Space Conducive to Learning and Collaboration

    by Sandy Killian Last year I posted a blog about the library at American Canyon High School that fully supported Bring Your Own Device (BYOD.) It was the first of a two-part blog that discussed...

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  • Leaving a Loved One Behind!

    Leaving a Loved One Behind!

    You know those books … the ones we can’t stop reading and feel a sense of loss when the last sentence has been read. Even though we know the next great book just takes opening a cover, we wonder...

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  • Football, school libraries, and Ferguson, MO: What’s the connection?

    Football, school libraries, and Ferguson, MO: What’s the connection?

    by Kate MacMillan Last year I wrote about the opening of school and the inherent craziness of textbooks and class schedules. But this year I decided to write about high school football. Now, you...

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  • How Effective School Librarians Foster Digital Literacy

    How Effective School Librarians Foster Digital Literacy

    by Jen Wodlinger Until recently, I was afraid to fail. As a teacher-librarian for the past twenty years, I lived in fear of disappointing teachers who relied upon my expertise as a collaborative...

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  • Why Do You Read So Much?

    Why Do You Read So Much?

    by Lorraine Moore Every school year there are students who ask me why I read. They think since I am not a student and don’t have homework or book reports that it is weird to choose to read. You...

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  • End of the year or closing thoughts…

    End of the year or closing thoughts…

    by Kate MacMillan I do my best problem solving in the morning when I am fighting with my hair. I always have the highest hopes that this particular gel or spray will give me that wonderful tousled...

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  • Public and School Libraries: Serving the Same Population Together

    Public and School Libraries: Serving the Same Population Together

    by Susan Swan, St. Helena High School Library Media Specialist, and Jennifer...

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  • The New and Improved Library Staff

    The New and Improved Library Staff

    by Patty Slate Warner It seems not long ago that when you walked into your...

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  • Comment on Evolution of a BYOD Library by Laurie

    I believe this post was previously posted. I requested to follow it to read...

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  • Evolution of a BYOD Library

    Evolution of a BYOD Library

    by Sandy Killian Biale Picture a library built with 21st century learning in...

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  • Librarian Stereotypes

    Librarian Stereotypes

    by Jeff Vogt It seems everyone has an idea about how a typical librarian...

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  • Poetry and Spring: Soul Nourishment

    Poetry and Spring: Soul Nourishment

    by Jennifer Wodlinger Teacher Librarian, Calistoga Joint Unified School...

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  • Inter-Library Loans: How to Expand Your Collection Without Spending Any $$

    Inter-Library Loans: How to Expand Your Collection Without Spending Any $$

    by Cathy Willis At Napa Valley Unified we have had casual Inter-Library...

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  • Comment on Do You Have Any Good Books? by Colette Crowther

    Even in high school I get the question, "Do you have any books?" I usually...

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  • Do You Have Any Good Books?

    Do You Have Any Good Books?

    I admit I have wanted to respond with a mean, smart-aleck remark when a...

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  • Comment on Reading More Nonfiction, Thanks to the Common Core Standards by Susan Swan

    I love this post. Colette, you make it look so easy to write these, and the...

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