Wednesday, April 1, 2020

April is School Library Month

April is School Library Month. There are so many ways you can celebrate this month, even from home.  

First, visit the AASL and download free banners and signs you can use on all of your social media accounts.  There are several versions of this year's banners and signs available as well as past years' themes.

Share a fact about school libraries once a week or every day on social media.  You can flip through this Google Slides presentation to see examples of facts you could share.

You can download my free advocacy pack with fact pages on it HERE.  I made this pack last year to go with the 2019 AASL SLM theme.  The theme this year is more generic, so I decided not to change the pack for this year.

In past years, I have made a display to put in the media center with the facts listed on it.  I put out the "I love my school library" sheets out in front of the display and had students write what they love about our library on them.  

I would hang up their responses on a bulletin board in the hallway.  I can't do that this year, but one way to digitize this would be to create a Google form for students to fill out. You could then put these responses into a Google Slide to share.

And speaking of Google Forms, the Georgia Library Media Association has created a fun Google Form you can fill out to celebrate National School Library Month.  The Google Form creates a Librarygram that will be sent to the school librarian of your choice.  You just need to know the name of the school or organization where that librarian works and their email address.  The Librarygram will be sent to them to brighten their day.

Here is the one I received just last week. It really made my day!

So how are you planning to celebrate School Library Month?

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Let's Connect!

I've been blogging at The Book Bug for almost 9 years now, and you may have followed me since the beginning of my journey. Thank you for being a follower!

But did you know I am also on social media?  

You can connect with me HERE on facebook,  I also have a facebook page for my website, A Teacher's Bag of Tricks.  If you're interested, you can follow that facebook page HERE.

You can find me HERE on Instagram.  I actually try to post daily on Instagram, so you can really follow along to see what is happening day to day in our media center there.  Plus, I have lots of Instastories and Highlight videos of fun ideas.  I'd love for you to stop on by and check them out!

You can find me HERE on Twitter, although I don't tend to post much. I do participate in various Twitterchats, though.

I am also Pinterest and tend to post there frequently.  You can check out my boards HERE.

And if you'd like to keep up with my blog, you can follow me on Bloglovin' to get notified when I posted something new. 

Hope to connect with you soon!

P.S.  I just redesigned by signature line. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Bundles of New Bundles

I have been working hard on creating some new bundles in my TpT store.  I have bundled several themes into super bundles to help you save on these awesome products.

This bundle includes winter themed display signs, bookmarks and both the call number and shelf order centers.  Click HERE to view this bundle.

This bundle includes Valentine's Day themed display signs, bookmarks, the Love to Read Month pack with display signs and centers, and both red and white call number and shelf order centers.  Click HERE to view this bundle.

St. Patrick's Day Themed Super Bundle

This bundle includes St. Patrick's Day themed display signs, bookmarksboth the call number and shelf order centers.  Click HERE to view this bundle.

This bundle includes spring themed display signs and 4 different themed sets of bookmarks.  Click HERE to view this bundle.

And finally, the genre bundle (which is the most bang for your buck) is truly a SUPER bundle.  This bundle includes the Genre Mega Pack that includes posters, bookmarks, and secret symbols for 28 different genres.  It also includes the genre sort activity, both genre detective activities, and both the 2nd-3rd and 4th -6th Mystery genre intro and activity.   In addition, there are 2 FREE genre activities in a BONUS file!  This bundle is really SUPER!  Click HERE to view this bundle.

I hope you enjoy these new SUPER bundles!

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

St. Patrick's Day Resources

St. Patrick's Day is coming up, and I have created some resources for St. Patrick's Day that you might enjoy using in your library/media center.

If you need center ideas for St. Patrick's Day, this St. Patrick's Day call number sorting center may fit your needs.  Students practice sorting call numbers into their correct section: Easy (or Everyboday, Everyone), Fiction, or Nonfiction.  Click HERE to view this resource in my TpT store.

Or try this St. Patrick's Day themed shelf order center where students practice putting call number cards in correct shelf order.  This center pack includes cards for Easy (or Everybody/Everyone), Fiction, and Nonfiction.  You can view this resource HERE in my TpT store.

Both of these centers are available in a bundle at a reduced price. You can check them out HERE.

And if you're looking for a fun way to promote books during March, check out these fun St. Patrick's Day signs for your Library or Media Center.  You can view them HERE in my TpT store.

If you're looking for bookmarks, check out these free St. Patrick's Day bookmarks.  This product includes 2 different bookmarks- four to a page; one page is full color and one page is black and white for your students to color.  Click HERE to download this freebie from my TpT store.

If you want more bookmarks to choose from,  this product includes 32 bookmarks,  16 colored bookmarks and 16 black and white bookmarks for your students to color.  Click HERE to view this resource in my TpT store.

And I also have recently created a super bundle which includes the St. Patrick's Day themed display signs, bookmarks, and both the call number and shelf order centers. Check it out HERE.

I also have a story element freebie that goes with this book.  It is a Google doc freebie.  Click HERE to download it.  Once you have opened the Google doc, click on the white download arrow in the right hand corner to save and download the file.

If you'd like to try something a little different, this free story starter is a great writing activity for your littles.  It helps them organize their thoughts and then put their sentences in order to make an interesting story about catching a leprechaun.  You can download this freebie HERE in my TpT store.

This story starter pairs well with the book Twas the Night Before St. Patrick's Day by Natasha Wing.  It's one of my favorite stories to read for St. Patrick's Day.  I have made some auras with Aurasma to go with this book to make it even more exciting to read.  If you'd like to use the auras I've created, just follow the Aurasma channel I used to create the auras.  To do that, after downloading the Aurasma app on your mobile device, click on or type in this link in a browser on your DEVICE and you will be able to follow the channel:

And if you are looking for St. Patrick's Day websites, check out these websites I saved in a Sqworl, one of my favorite bookmarking sites.  Click HERE to view the Sqworl.

One of my favorite websites on this Sqworl is the Leprechaun cam which is a live webcam feed in a field in Ireland.  I usually keep this website up on our ActivBoard the entire St. Patrick's Day so that students can keep watch for leprechauns.  Click HERE to go to the website.

Hope you find something fun you can use with your little leprechauns.

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Women's History Month

Last year, I looked up what biographies of women we have in our collection, printed the book covers and made this bulletin board.

The Book Wrangler made some awesome posters last year that are available for FREE on his blog.  You could easily use these posters in place of book covers. Click HERE to head to his blog and download the posters.

You can download some free display signs I made especially for this month.  

This is a Google Doc, so you can download it and save it to your computer by clicking on the download symbol in the top right hand corner.  Click HERE to download this freebie.

Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Bundles of Library Centers

Since I've been home recuperating from a broken leg, I've been able to make a few new bundles in my TpT store.  Now all my call number and shelf order center themes have been bundled by theme.  These themes include:

This bundle is great for celebrating the Super Bowl or for the start of football season in the fall.

This bundle is perfect for practicing call numbers and shelf order during the winter months

This bundle is great for February to celebrate Love to Read month, for March to celebrate Read Across America, and just as a general center year round.

And this bundle is perfect for practicing call numbers and shelf order for the week of  St. Patrick's Day.

By purchasing any of these bundles, you will save.

I've also combined all 4 themes into one HUGE bundle.  You save 20% by purchasing this bundle.  And there is a FREE BONUS FILE included!

Hope you enjoy these new bundles.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Awesome Podcasts You Won't Want to Miss

A few summers ago, I started to really get into listening to audiobooks.  That eventually led me to listening to podcasts.  I have since added a growing number of podcasts to my podcast library, most of which are library, tech, or education related.

I have added all of these to the Grow Your PLN tab at the top of this blog, but wanted to share them in a blog post as well. 


This podcast is hosted by two librarians from Houston. They discuss books, literacy, EdTech and libraries.

This is a bi-monthly podcast sponsored by MASL and hosted by Missouri school librarians. Topics include popular trends in school libraries like genrefication, collaboration, and MakerSpaces.

This is a bi-weekly podcast for school librarians and educators sponsored by Metro National Public Schools Library Services.

Laura Sheneman hosts this weekly podcast where she interviews school librarians on hot topics in school libraries.

This weekly podcast is hosted by three middle school school library media specialists to share and advocate for school libraries.

This is my FAVORITE school library related podcast.  This was the podcast that got me hooked on podcasts.  I binge-listened to every episode last summer and have since made sure to catch all new episodes. Amy Hermon hosts these weekly podcasts and she has a variety of guests on her show to talk about all things library-related.  Bonus-if you email her, she will send you one of her cool podcast stickers and a sweet note.

From the Apple Podcast description:
"This season, inspired by the Urvban Library Council's Annual Forum theme, Innovations, focuses on the 2019 Top Innovator and Honorable Mention award winners that were selected based on inventiveness of their library program or service, outcomes achieved and the accessibility for other libraries to adopt the innovation in their library."

This podcast is all about books for tweens. New books are discussed and many times the author is interviewed by Corrina Allen.

Hosted by Matthew Winner, this podcast discusses issues in kidlit these days. So many great episodes-you will good hooked in fast!

This podcast is about cool tools and apps for the classroom (or school library).

This podcast, hosted by Jake Miller, discusses using EdTEch as a tool "to meet goals, address learning standards and solve problems in the classroom." Each week, a new guest shares different ways they use tech in the classroom.

This podcast is hosted by Chris Nesi who interviews and shares stories from educators about edtech, recommending tech tools, tips, and resources for integrating tech into the classroom (or library).

Kasey Bell hosts this weekly podcast about tech tips, lesson ideas, and more! 

This podcast is hosted by Dr. Greg Goins who interviews "the nations top educators, authors, and innovators in P-12 education with an emphasis on leadership development, scaling innovation and transforming our school systems."

Jennifer Gonzalez hosts this podcasts where she interviews "educators, students, administrators and parents about the psychological and social dynamics of school, trade secrets" and more!

As you can see, there are a great many podcasts available that relate to what we do in schools. Why not give one a try? I think you will find something that resonates with you.