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Presentations shared in UAE

To ensure everyone who attended even ONE of our sessions in Sharjah had access to ALL of them, we created a hyperdoc with links to all 5 of the sessions we presented for school librarians at the Sharjah ALA Library Conference.  We created a bitly link to make it even easier to remember!
Andy, Kathy, and I put all of the sessions together collaboratively and presented them the same way.  The three of us had never had the opportunity to present all together and each session went quite well!

We encouraged all attendees to share this information with others who might benefit and so in turn, I'm sharing access to you here.  Please let me know if you find something useful!


This past week I had the distinct pleasure of returning to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the third annual ALA Library Conference in conjunction with the Sharjah International Book Fair.  I traveled and presented with fellow school librarians Kathy Burnette and Andy Plemmons.  (Kathy and I also had the opportunity to attend last year's conference as well; the first one that included school librarians).

I have many, many thoughts & stories to share about this week of adventures, but I'll begin with our pictures and brief quotes shared via social media using the hashtag #ASKinUAE (Andy, Sherry, & Kathy in United Arab Emirates)

[View the story "#ASKinUAE" on Storify]

The Curse of the Were-Hyena

Book mail is (obviously) some of my most favorite mail to receive.  When this book arrived, I immediately opened the package to find this super fun book.  I put it on my TBR shelf, promising myself I'd get to it soon but I needed to continue to concentrate on finishing up my YA reads for the Eliot Rosewater committee (our state YA list).  
A few days later my son and I realized we needed a book to read together.  We'd just finished one and had neglected to pick out a new one.  Mom to the rescue!  I grabbed The Curse of the Were-Hyena and began reading it to him as our nighttime story.  After only a couple of pages, we were both hooked.  Many giggles and gasps as we fell head first into the engaging story.  The next morning he asked if he could take it to school to read.  That's when I knew he was REALLY hooked!  That afternoon/evening, I had to read to catch up with what he'd already read so we could continue to read together at bedtime.  This proved to be a lot of fun …

Checking in on 2016

With 2016 over half way over, it's a good time to revisit my goals for this year detailed in my beginning of the year post found here.

My word:
My #oneword for 2016 is CHOOSE. Each day is an endless array of choices & I need to actively make positive ones both professionally & personally. No more passivity of things just "happening". I want to be decisive in what happens to me & how I choose to react to things in and out of my realm of control. More thoughts on my blog (link in bio) A photo posted by Sherry Gick (@sngick) on Dec 31, 2015 at 8:54am PST
My focus will be on choosing wisely as I make decisions daily in my life.  
I know, I know... we ALL have this goal.  Is it measurable?  Not always, but it is something to keep in mind from day to day. Run:  600 miles I'm a little bit behind schedule with my mileage.  I should have hit 350 miles at the end of July but I'm only at 330.  Not too off track, bu…

Ch-ch-ch-ch- changes...

This space looks a little different.  The url has changed (no more & the title is yet to be determined... (If you have any great suggestions, please let me know!)
I've found myself singing this Bowie song quite a bit: "Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes  Ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange)..."

While I didn't go back in time to make it happen, there has been a BIG change in my life.

I recently accepted a new job with Five Star Technology Solutions as an Associate Director of Innovative Learning for Northwest Indiana.   With a mission of "creating awesome learning experiences for kids", how could I NOT want to be a part of this fabulous company?

Monday marked the beginning of my fourth week in this new position.  It also marked the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year for my children.  Taking them to school and even going into my former building where I had worked and practically lived the previous eight years was the true test.  Would I be sad …


Yep, it's that time again!  The first week of August brings about the celebrated time of #Chompsticks!

We like to celebrate this completely made up week by tweeting a daily pic that includes:

a book (what you're reading!)a snack (what you're eating while reading!)chopsticks (to eat the snack and keep your fingers clean for turning pages!) Optional:  Your beautiful face  (some people prefer just sharing the above mentioned items).  
It's a week to celebrate reading and is completely for FUN!  Won't you join us?
The idea evolved on Twitter five years ago.  Yep, FIVE YEARS!  So, this is our 5th summer celebrating.  
Read about The Genesis of #Chompsticks Week on David Etkin's blog.
See more #Chompsticks pics here on my blog:
Chompsticks 2012 Collages
Chompsticks Week 2013
All the pictures for Chopsticks 2016:  Year 5  will be compiled into this beautiful Google presentation below:

Interview by Dr. Rod Berger

Before my trip to ISTE, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Dr. Rod Berger.  

We talked about ISTE, libraries, leadership, my amazing PLN, and more.  
Check out the interview here!

Totoro #PostItNoteArt

Our post-it note art for the fourth 9 weeks this school year is from the movie My Neighbor Totoro.  It seemed to be a bigger undertaking than usual.  I think the main reason for this was because we had to alter the patterns quite a bit to fit our windows.  This always presents a challenge to keep the scale the same and make sure the finished art is still recognizable.  Connolly does a great job with this and usually eyeballs the changes.  I, on the other hand, prefer to be able to follow the pattern row by row.

Time wise, the three forest spirits were created in about six total hours.

Finished windows:

Daughter finished the #Totoro #PostitNoteArt on our library windows. Like every one we've created, it's now my favorite. 💙 (Top: view from hallway; bottom: view inside library) #myneighbortotoro #myfriendtotoro #TotoroSocietyART #TotoroisHere #RMHSLibrary @postit
A photo posted by Sherry Gick (@sngick) on Apr 21, 2016 at 1:14pm PDT
A few videos of the process:  (It's always…

Because..... #LibrariesTransform

It's no secret to anyone that I love libraries.  With a name like LibraryFanatic, it's a given.  
April is School Library month, but this week is National Library Week.  
I've enjoyed following various hashtags on Twitter and seeing what librarians across the nation are sharing about their libraries and library services.  
My most favorite has been the Because _____________________. #LibrariesTransform promotion.    I've been posting to Instagram & Twitter sharing my Because reasons.  It's also been a great "excuse" to wear my most favorite LIBRARY themed t-shirts to school.  Talk about conversation starters with students... :)  (Fellow #TShirtAddicts, don't forget Unshelved has the BEST Library T-shirts hands down.  You're welcome.)
My because reasons are below.  I'd love to hear/see/read yours! 

Keep calm & go to the library! Because libraries are accepting of ALL! #NLW16 #LibrariesTransform 💙📚 . . . . . #thisiswhatalibrarianlooksli…

The Typewriter by Bill Thomson

The Author:

Bill Thomson is the creator of Chalk and Fossil and the illustrator of Baseball Hour, Karate Hour, Soccer Hour, and Building with Dad, all written by Carol Nevius. Thomson’s books have received many accolades: the National Parenting Publications Gold Award, designation as a Notable Children’s Book by the American Library Association, a Teacher’s Choice selection from the International Reading Association, a Booklist Editor’s Choice, the Connecticut Book Award for Children’s Illustrator, Kentucky’s Bluegrass Award, Ohio’s Buckeye Children’s Book Award, and the Prix Livrentête in Paris, France. Thomson’s artwork has also received more than 75 awards in the country’s most prestigious juried illustration competitions.

Thomson lives with his family in Southington, Connecticut and is also a professor of illustration at the University of Hartford. To see more of his artwork, visit: The Book:  
As a huge fan of wordless books, I was super excited to receive a copy…

Good Morning Yoga!

I was so excited to receive this book in the mail from Blue Slip Media.  I immediately dove right in and was captivated by the bright illustrations and the descriptive text.  Mariam Gates and Sarah Jane Hinder have created something quite special.  This book is made to not only be read aloud, but to be used with students.  The incorporation of yoga poses is unique and will be embraced by the pre-elementary and primary audience for which it is intended as well as by teachers and librarians who want to provide a way for students to stretch, engage, and better focus on learning for the day.
But don't just take my word for it, listen to the author, Mariam Gates, read the story below and take a look at the gorgeous illustrations:

Want another taste?  How about this beautiful book trailer?  (Great for sharing with teachers!)

And my absolute favorite... this video shows the author with a group of students going through each part of the book in a yoga class.  

Could you do this in your class…