Monday, January 22, 2018

A Virtual PD Series For Early Childhood Educators From PBS Education

A very special virtual PD series from PBS Education kicks off this week on January 24. 

It is called Learning with PBS Kids and designed especially for PreK-1 teachers and students. 

There are three events including....
 Exploring Arts and Creativity with Pinkalicious and Peterrific, 
 Social and Emotional Learning with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and....
Playful Learning With Technology.  

I love how they have paired these important topics with such wonderful books and characters.  

The fun, engaging and accessible free tools shared in this series will bring so much to any early childhood classroom.   

You can register for these three free events here

Destiny 15.5 is Coming on January 26 With "You May Also Like" and More!

It is always very exciting news when a Follett Destiny update is coming.  This means that our favorite library management tool is going to be even more helpful, useful and valuable for librarians, teachers and kids.  

Well, guess what?  There is an update coming right around the corner on January 26, 2018 and Destiny 15.5 has some very special things we have all been waiting for!  In fact, these are requests that librarians have made and Follett has listened to, making Destiny the best it can be for everyone.  
One of the best updates they have added to Destiny Discover is the You May Also Like title recommendations that appear on the Title Detail page.  These are based on author, subject or series.  

This is very important to our readers and to us as librarians and teachers as we help them find the next book they want to read or something different when the book they want is checked out.  
Students will now be able to see their circulation and fine information when in Destiny Discover. There is a new tab called Resource Checkouts to show resources from Destiny Library Manager that are checked out including text books, laptop computers and other materials.    

One thing that a lot of you have missed in Discover if the ability to pre-define your search as you could in Basic Search in Classic Destiny, for things like Material Type, Location and Reading Programs.  
In Classic Destiny, students could search for a book, like Dog, and then narrow the search in a variety of ways.  
Now in Destiny Discover, they can type in a title, like Dog again, and from a drop down menu choose Keyword search options...
 ...Title, Author, Subject and Series and...
Format including...
Book, eBook, Audiobook/Recorded Sound and Video too.  

In the next update on February 7, Follett will continue to add more search options such as Lexile and Interest Level. Their goal is to include all the search options included in Classic Destiny in Destiny Discover too. 

Follett now includes the Patron’s Nickname on the Check Out page. 
In the new update, Checkout by Homeroom now supports sorting by First Name and Nickname. 
This makes it very easy to check out materials to students, especially younger students when they might not know their last name yet.  

Also, if you are utilizing self check out, this is a helpful feature for the same reason as students are searching for their first name and photo. 
And one thing to note, the name of each school library is now at the top of every page, making it easy to know that we are logged into the correct library location within Destiny.  
Of course, I can't leave without mentioning Collections by Destiny. We all love the new Collections.  

There will now be a Featured Collections tab that will include free Collections to provide tools for Lightbox.  You can read more about these in my post here
On February 15 at 2:00pm CST, Don Rokusek, Jason See and Jason Lasiewicz will be hosting a free webinar to go over all of the updates for Destiny 15.5 that I mentioned here and even more.  

You can register for the webinar here.

Thank you Follett for listening to our needs as librarians and to the needs of our students and school community.  These updates make Destiny Discover the place we need to be for all our library needs. 

Introducing Participate Authors & I Am Excited To Be Part Of This Amazing Team!

Today is the day for a big news announcement from Participate.  

They have announced Participate Authors and I couldn't be more excited to be part of this amazing team of educators, colleagues and friends. 
When you visit the Participate Authors site you will read....

Participate aims to provide authentic, engaging and actionable professional development and online learning experiences. We want a variety of innovative voices to bring their expertise to educators on, so we’d like to introduce you to Participate Authors.
These amazing educators below are some of our first contributors, and the list continues to grow. Are interested in joining the ranks of Participate Authors? Let us know what you have to share by emailing us at
Or, you might be an administrator seeking collaborative and engaging professional development opportunities for your school, district or organization—email us at to learn how Participate can deliver these experiences as part of your comprehensive professional development programs.
You will find my profile on this page with my courses coming soon.  
This is such exciting news and we all look forward to collaborating with you!

Vote For The 2018 Follett Challenge Winners!

Voting has begun for the 2018 #FollettChallenge
Hop over to to vote for your favorite video and help determine the winners of $200,000.
Please note, a person 13 years or older may vote up to one time per day. Each voter may only use one email address.
Best of luck to everyone who entered.  I can't wait to watch all of your videos.  

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Join Me In The Buncee Booth At FETC On Wednesday For Sharing, Learning and Fun!

On Tuesday, we are off to Florida for the FETC Conference in Orlando.  This is one of the very best  learning, collaborating, connecting and sharing events of the year.
On Wednesday, January 24 at 4:00pm, I have the honor of presenting in the Buncee Booth #1852 and I couldn't be more excited to share...
10 Ways To Use Buncee in the Library! 

I can't wait to share these fun, creating and engaging ideas for using Buncee in the library...and that can be used in the classroom and your community too.

And I have a little surprise for those of you who come...
...a very special sticker of Buncee Man and me!  
Also, don't forget to check out the other sessions in the Buncee Booth.  My friends have amazing ideas to share with all of us...I can't wait to learn with them too. 

It will be a wonderful week and I can't wait to see everyone at FETC!  

Saturday, January 20, 2018

You're Never Too Young To Stand Up For What's Right...The Pink Hat!

On the anniversary of the Women's March, millions of people are gathering together again in cities around the country to march for girls, women and equal rights for all.

Yesterday my friend Jen Geigley posted this picture of her daughter Lotus knitting herself a pink hat and it reminded me so much of the new book.....
 The Pink Hat...
 by Andrew Joyner. 
As Andrews site states on his wonderful site,
Follow the journey of a pink hat that is wiped by a pesky cat, blown in a tree by a strong wind, and used as a cozy blanket for a new baby, then finally makes it way onto the head of a young girl marching for women's equality.  
Inspired by the 5 million people (many of them children) in 82 countries who participated in the 2017 Women's March, 
this is a book that celebrates girls and women and equal rights for all!  
 Random House has also put together this wonderful kit for The Pink Hat that you can get here.
 There are project ideas and lessons for talking about the Women's March and equal rights...

and posters children can create to show their pink pride. 
To order The Pink Hat for your library, visit this link today
I am proud of Lotus and everyone who is marching today.  

You're never too young to stand up for what's right!  

Friday, January 19, 2018

Week 2 In The Future Ready Librarian Collection Series...Empowers Students As Creators Collection!

Last week, I kicked off a new series of Collections by Destiny for all 10 of the Future Ready Librarians wedges.  
Each Friday, I will be creating a special Collection for each one of the 10 wedges within the Future Ready Librarian framework for my Shannon's Favorite Finds that I share for #FavoriteFindsFriday every week. 

The 10 Future Ready Librarian Collections will be filled with resources such as the FRL webinars, organizations, articles, Follett case studies, helpful tips, online communities for librarians, tools, and much more.  
 For week one, I created and shared the Builds Instructional Partnerships Collection.  
Today for week two, I am sharing the Empowering Students As Creators Collection
This is one of my favorite wedges, so I couldn't wait to share lots of resources and materials I have been gathering over the year.  

Please spend this week taking a look at the resources in the Empowering Students as Creators wedge.  It is a wonderful opportunity to learn something new and extend what you are already doing within this wedge too.  These resources and materials also give you the perfect opportunity to share with others such as the teachers and administrators within your building and community, which may lead to amazing collaborative opportunities.  
In each of the Future Ready Librarian Collections, I want to point out how I am also adding resources from others who support each the various wedges.  It might be an library or education company, publisher, organization and others.  These resources are very valuable and helpful to share too.  

Capstone Community, a valuable new community from Capstone...
to connect and share while building instructional partnerships using PebbleGo and PebbleGo Next and a link for the different databases available from Follett in the Builds Instructional Partnerships Collection

If there are others, please let me know and we can add those resources and materials too.  
There are only two Collections there right now, but remember for the next eight Fridays I will be adding a new Collection for my #FavoriteFindsFriday.  
Next Friday, I will introduce the Curates Digital Resources and Tools Wedge Collection. 

Stay tuned, friends and let me know if you want to collaborate on the Future Ready Librarian Collections.  I would love to have you! Just drop me a line in this blog post or send me a message on Facebook or Twitter.