Unpopular Opinion: The Pandemic Was Good For School Libraries

by Jordyn Horner The COVID-19 pandemic has been a rough time for all of us, but it resulted in many wonderful things. Educators and school librarians are needed now more than ever. Classroom teachers adapted their practices in new ways. This year allowed school librarians to officially transform into library media specialists.  Before the pandemic,... Continue Reading →

May 2021 TASL Librarians of the Month

East TN Librarian of the Month Name: Emily Haendel Hometown: Campbellsport, WI School: Halls Middle School District: Knox County Grades Served: 6-8 Average # of Students Per Class: 22 What do you love most about being a school librarian? I love the relationship building aspect of being a school librarian the most. I love that... Continue Reading →

VSBA Winners Announced!

Tennessee students have spoken! The Volunteer State Book Award Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020-2021 VSBAs! Primary Division Winner:  Cummings, Troy. Can I Be Your Dog? Random House, 2018. Arfy, a homeless mutt lives in a box in an alley. Arfy writes to every person on Butternut Street about what a... Continue Reading →

April 2021 TASL Librarians of the Month

East TN Librarian of the Month Name: Cristol Kapp School: Red Bank Elementary School District: Hamilton County Schools Follow Cristol on Twitter @CristolKapp Middle TN Librarian of the Month Name: Erin Alvarado Hometown: Chapel Hill, TN School: LaVergne High School School District: Rutherford County Schools Grades Served: 9-12 Average # of Students per Class: 25... Continue Reading →

Library Learning Stations: Why Would You Not?

by Dr. Ashley Stanley Engaging and motivating students in the elementary library can often be a challenge.  One way to do this is to implement learning stations in the K-5 library classroom.  Library Learning Stations allow students to work collaboratively or independently on various library skills that support student learning.  It takes some creative planning... Continue Reading →

How 2020 Pushed My Instruction to the Next Level!

by Kaitlyn Benavides Engaging both traditional and distance students simultaneously in a library lesson has been a challenge! I wanted our library to be accessible to all students and to remain relevant to teachers and students alike, but the idea of providing high quality resources and facilitating hybrid student interaction left me scratching my head.... Continue Reading →

Students Love “Making” at BMS

What is a Makerspace? "To define a school makerspace by its purpose and simplest of terms, it is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests; learn to use tools and materials, both physical and virtual; and develop creative projects." (makerspaceforeducation.com) Building a Makerspace in the BMS Library I started... Continue Reading →

March 2021 TASL Librarians of the Month

East TN Librarian of the Month Name: Jordyn Horner Hometown: Gate City, VA School: Karns Middle School School District: Knox County Schools Grades Served: 6-8 What do you love most about being a school librarian? I love being able to share my passion for reading. I love that I get to use my creativity for... Continue Reading →

Capshaw and Colleagues Win TASL Teacher Collaborator Award 2020

Teachers Ruth-Ann Logsdon, Jessica Alley, Denise Cooper, and School Librarian Katie Capshaw with their awards. The Teacher Collaboration Award recognizes exemplary classroom teachers who collaborate with the school librarian. The winner of this award receives a $500 prize. This year's recipients alongside Library Media Specialist, Katie Capshaw, include Jessica Alley, Emily Marks, Phillip Stevenson, Denise Cooper, and... Continue Reading →

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