Monday, November 30, 2015


Four of our Language Arts classes participated in our first HCMS Library BOOK TASTING!

Here's how it went:
  • we sent THIS video for the students to watch beforehand
  • we pre-selected 6 genres and 6 books for each genre
  • students were provided a Menu (listing all the books) and a Book Tasting log
  • students spent 4-5 minutes "tasting" a book from each genre table and logged their tasting experience for each book.
  • students were allotted time to check out any of the books they tasted

I got the idea from The Book Bug blog and The Unquiet Librarian.

I wanted to make it seem like a big deal, so tried to fancy it up with invitation, cupcakes, flowers, doilies, and fake tealight candles.

Most students said that they found at least one book that they want to check out, so success!

Changes for next Tasting: 
  •  Don't have a set menu beforehand.  Some of the books were unavailable because they were checked out.  
  •  Make sure to have trashcans around for cupcake trash
  •  We are a 1:1 iPad school, so providing the tasting log as a pdf so students can annotate on it and can easily have a digital copy to reference later is a good option 
  • I'd like to try the musical chairs version

The Invitation

Book Tasting Log (double sided)

I used Canva to create the menu and tasting log

The set up
Cupcakes always make things fun!

The set up

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


Well, it's about time! Get Reading!
Her two books:

And here is everything you need to know about EXTRAORDINARY MEANS.
Young love collides with tragic illness.


Monday, November 16, 2015


Next year, the magical world of Harry Potter will return to screens, with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on JK Rowling's book with the same title.  

Um, we're excited, to say the least.

Check out this Entertainment Weekly article about the secret project.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


So I just found this amazing book and the chef/author will be at BookPeople on November 15!  
And the recipe below is in her new book.  Someone, please make them for the Library (and by Library, I mean me).  Except I don't want them to be textbooks, I want them to be book titles, like Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, etc.

And, go!