Friday, November 26, 2021

Holiday Hugs...A Special Project For Your Students & Community To Be Part Of This Holiday Season!


One of my favorite projects during the holiday season is Holiday Hugs from our friends at Buncee by Capstone.  This wonderful project is such a special way for our students to spread a little cheer to children who are spending their holiday in the hospital. This year, all the Buncees will be shared with Children’s Minnesota, a non-profit system of children’s hospitals. 
And this year, Capstone has pledged that for every give Buncees added to the Holiday Hugs Buncee Board, they will donate one book to Children's Minnesota, for up to 500 books!  

You can read all about how Holiday Hugs started on the Buncee Blog here

And this is how you get involved in Holiday Hugs too...

  • Create your own Holiday Hug Buncee
  • Add your Buncee to the official Holiday Hugs Buncee Board
  • Be sure to submit your Buncee’s before the official cut off date, December 15th

I hope you join us in creating Holiday Hugs, friends. 

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Join Us For The 3rd Annual Future Ready Librarians® Fireside Chat On December 8th, Friends


In this final Future Ready Librarians® webinar of 2021, Shannon McClintock Miller has invited a few special guests to join her as they share the top things that have happened within libraries and education this year. 

During this fun and fast paced hour, Shannon and guests will talk about the hot topics around libraries and within education from 2021 including books and books banning, technology, diversity, SEL and more.  

When we look at our framework as Future Ready Librarians®, we tie this essential work into the wedges of leading from the library including Leading from the Library, Advocates for Student Privacy, Leading Literacy, Empowering Students as Creator and others.

Shannon McClintock Miller, Future Ready Librarians®Spokesperson, Preschool–12 District Teacher Librarian and Innovation Director, Van Meter Community School (IA)(@shannonmmiller) (moderator)

Mark Ray, Future Ready Librarians® Advisor (@_TeacherX)

Len Bryan, Campus Librarian, Spring Branch ISD (TX) (lenbryan25)

Bill Bass, Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology, Information, and Library Media, Parkway Schools (MO) (@billbass)

Josh Stumpenhorst, Learning Commons Director, Naperville Community Unit School District 203 (IL) (@stumpteacher)

This chat promises to be a wonderful hour to celebrate our work from 2021 and think about what we can do in the new year. 

You can register for the Future Ready Librarians® Fireside Chat here

Monday, November 22, 2021

A Little Virtual StickTogether Surprise For The Holiday! You Can Make One For Your Students With This Template Too!


With one more day of school before our Thanksgiving holiday, I made a special virtual StickTogether stickerboard for all of our teachers to do with their students today.  Our kids love working on the virtual stickerboards together and get super excited when the image is revealed. 

Here is how I create the virtual StickTogether stickerboard posters like the one above. 

First, go to and click on Redeem my sticker code if you have one to use or Go to shop if you need to purchase a sticker code. 
Redeem your sticker code by pasting the unique code you received. 
Next, Select an artwork which is the image the players will build together in the stickerboard. Remember, it won't be revealed to them until it is finished. 
There are a a few for Thanksgiving including a Turkey and Give Thanks. That is the one I picked for all of them I made for our teachers and students. 
I also love the Fall Harvest and Fall Barn for this time of year. 
Once you select the artwork, it will ask you to give it a Project Title and add Your Name.  You will save that and select I am sure. 
Now your stickerboard is ready! 

You just Copy the Link and take it to...
...the Google Slide where I created the choice board to share with each classroom. I made a copy to add the unique code for each teacher. 

You will find a copy of the Thanksgiving StickTogether Google Slide here
You can hyperlink the copied code to the turkey where it says Click Here. 
Once you have the code added, click on Edit and go to Publish to the web. Click on Publish and that will give you...
...a link to share with your teachers.  

They can share this published link to the Google Slide in their students Google Classroom or on Seesaw. When they click on that link... will take to them straight to the virtual stickerboard.  Students can then add stickers to the board together to complete the image. 

Happy Holidays, friends.  I hope you have a wonderful week with your family and friends.