Ms. Donnelly Reads

"A Reader Lives a Thousand Lives" George R.R. Martin

February is such an important month. While still trying to create a culture of reading in the junior high, I chose some high impact fiction and nonfiction for the kids. Over 50% of what I purchased for the library were written by authors of color. More faces that my students can recognize and relate to. …

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Well, December and January came and went with the same theme: perseverance. The irony is not lost on me. Yet, part of me felt like the kids needed more time with that theme. As many of you know, we live in a time where lots of kids, teens, and adults just quit on stuff when …

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So, let me start by saying that the comedy genre is really not in my wheelhouse… So, I’d love to hear if you have additional recommendations!! The mystery/suspense books are awesome! Take a look and let me know your thoughts. Comedy pamphlet mystery suspense

Happy New Year to you! While you were out gallivanting, I was wrestling with Canva to create some awesome pamphlets for Readers Advisory in my library. I think they are a good start! I’m always up for suggestions, as you know. The audience is middle school, as opposed to YA/Teens; please keep that in mind. …

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I know I’m a little behind here. Big stuff happened these last two weeks! I am officially finished with my MLIS program at Dominican University! The last 2.5 years have been wrapped up tightly with little room to breathe… Now, I’m taking long, deep, cleansing breaths… Remember what it feels like to not have the …

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Friends, when I tell you that I have no idea where October went, I am not kidding. I realized I missed posting the month’s theme and the books that support it. I haven’t updated the website or processed any books. Wanna know why? I’ve been talking to kids about books, reading books, writing about books …

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So, being a crazy new librarian with TONS of stuff on the cooker, OF COURSE I’ve decided to create a themed bulletin board. Each month, a different theme will be represented with books that relate to the theme. This month, we’re working on BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS! With all of the violence happening in my school’s neighborhood, …

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Well… the time has come for the BIG REVEAL!! There are still many things that need to happen and I’ll post those updates once they’re tightened up. I’m working on creating a “donations” section with all of the books that you donated to my library ❤️ thank you to Lisa Balandes Donnelly for painting the bookcases and Maddie Schmidt for giving …

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HUGE news! A few weeks ago, I held my breath, made a wish, and put it out into the universe. And, guess what?! The universe answered! It sent me wonderful humans that understand that children need to read and explore in order to grow and mature. By the way of personal library donations, an actual …

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