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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For those of you who love Buzzfeed quizzes about what kind of cheese you are or who is your literary boyfriend, you’ll freak out with this bad boy! I took it a couple of years ago and found that I fit my personality profile to the letter. Which letters, you may ask yourself? ENFP- 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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Listen, when I tell you I have no idea what I did to get such fantastic and generous people in my corner, I’m being totally straight. When I took on this library project, I knew it’d take a long time to get it just right… It’d grow and change and thrive, it’d just take time. …

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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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7/13/19 Hello Book Dragons, In addition to revamping the actual library space, I also need to beef up the collection. Over the last five weeks, I’ve literally put my hands on every single book in the library and find that while it’s decent, most of the books have been there for years and there’s not …

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