These links provide resources for presentations created by
school librarian Amy Brownlee. Email Amy.
school librarian Amy Brownlee. Email Amy.
Digital Books for Schools: Connecting Kids to Ebooks
What ebooks and digital audiobooks are right for my students? What are my free options? What devices can be used? What are the paid options and how much do they cost? How can I make ebooks accessible for students and families? Learn all these answers and more.
Tips from the Trenches: Managing a School Library
Learn to be strategic with your time by creating a plan for "behind-the-scenes" administrative tasks such as: 1) Personnel and operations; 2) Managing the collection; 3) Communications & marketing; and 4) Lifelong learning.
Advocacy = The Power of Your Story
The KASL (Kansas Association of School Librarians) Advocacy Committee explores strategies and techniques to use in your advocacy efforts. We are excited to share the easy-to-use toolkit of resources for developing an advocacy plan.
S.T.E.M Hands-On Activities
Learn about hands-on S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, math) kits available from the Sterling Grade School Library and how they have been used with students. Includes photos and videos of students using the materials and classroom management tips.
Survival Guide for Busy School Librarians
Learn tips on running your busy library without losing your mind. Topics include: organization, communication, daily operations & personnel, money matters, technology, professional development & networking.
These resources were compiled through ideas suggested at the K-6 Sharing Session at the state library conference on 10/20/2016 in Wichita, Kansas. Topics covered include: makerspaces; promotions such as March Book Madness (brackets), Read Across America, Biography Challenge, Mr. Lemoncello's Library activities; library themes.
"Reading Takes You Places: Multicultural Lessons, Literature & Activities" was presented at the state library conference in 2011 as a result of a month-long study trip to Ethiopia funded through a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship and coordinated by the Ethiopia Reads organization. A year-long multicultural study was implemented at Sterling Grade School with a focus on Ethiopia. Diversity was shared and celebrated through a variety of activities.
Activities and lessons focusing on cross-curricular, school-wide themes involving hero biographies, the Mississippi River, and Lewis & Clark.
Using Google Classroom in the Library
Learn how to leverage Google Classroom for face-to-face learning, professional development, remote learning, and book clubs. Explore digital tools that integrate with Classroom or work well with the platform. Learn specific ideas for activities and assignments.
Digital Citizenship: Teaching Safe, Effective, and Ethical Technology Use
View high-quality resources for teaching digital citizenship to students K-12+. Learn about free curriculum materials, online games and modules, picture books, videos, role playing activities, and more.
Grants & Budget Tips
Learn strategies and share your own ideas on how to stretch and supplement your library budget. This presentation will cover tried-and-true budget-stretching tips with a special focus on finding and applying for grants to pay for books, technology, STEM materials, and more! We will discuss potential grant sources and application tips such as creating strong program goals, demonstrating impact, and programming and publicizing your grant. Examples of successfully funded grant applications will be shared.
Elementary Library Lessons: My Favorites
I have shared some of my best-loved and most popular library themes, lessons, and storytime books and activities for grades K-6. Topics include: Library curriculum; Orientation and book care; Parts of a book; Call number location; Digital Citizenship; Caldecott; Primary/secondary sources; Kansas studies; Themes; Read-alouds / Storytime. This session includes access to web links, book lists, reproducible student pages, lesson plans, and other helpful tools.
Online Literacy and Research Sources
This presentation was given to my K-12 staff to highlight school-purchased and state library purchased resources such as ebooks and research databases
Community Research Project: "Celebrate the 8 Wonders"
Learn how Sterling fifth graders created a narrated slide show that highlights the wonderful things about their community. Students were challenged to discover the wonders of their community in eight different areas: art, architecture, commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people. After researching, interviewing community members, visiting local people and places, and taking digital photos, the fifth graders created a narrated PhotoStory slide show featuring their top three "candidates" in each category. The slide show was presented to all Sterling Grade School students and staff, who were invited to vote for their favorites in each category.
Activities, lessons, and printable pages for collaborative projects and research models that can be used with a variety of topics and age levels.
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