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Saturday, February 18, 2023 9:52 AM | Iris Eichenlaub (Administrator)

Diversify Your Read Alouds

Need contact hours? (Don’t we all?)

MASL member, Amy Ryder (Spruce Mountain School District), has generously shared her presentations on Diversifying Your Read Alouds. Amy presents titles and descriptions of books  that include diverse representations and authors, perfect for your next read aloud session! Recalling our fall PD with Lawrence Alexander, this is an actionable step you can take to make your library full of windows, mirrors, and sliding doors for all readers. 

Primary Books   Elementary Books    Handouts

At the end of the sessions, make sure to fill out the Google Form to receive your certificate of completion here: Primary Level  and Elementary Level.

Maine Book Awards Padlets

Do you love award season? We do! 

We love supporting the nominees for our Maine awards: The Chickadee Award, Maine Student Book Award, and North Star YA Award! The stickers on the covers, the amazing contributions to children’s and YA literature, the thrill of discovering which books will be the winners! So exciting!

MASL has created Padlets so you can share your great ideas for integrating the nominees into your school library — pictures of an amazing display, lesson plans, ideas for technology or art integrations, and more.

The Padlets are also there for you to browse for inspiration, right from the comfort of your couch. You could have a whole week’s worth of lessons lined up after mining the Padlets for ideas from your peers!

So pour yourself a cup of tea and spend some time with the Padlets!

The Chickadee Award

Maine Student Book Award

North Star YA Award

Reading Round Up (April 27th, 8–4 p.m.)

Yes, Reading Round Up is open for registration

One of our goals this year is to integrate our professional development offerings through collaborations with other organizations across the state, such as RRU and ACTEM. This adds visibility for our organization and leadership opportunities as we step up and offer meaningful PD to educate other educators.

In addition to the opportunity to see Jason Reynolds (live and in person!) at RRU this year, you can enjoy sessions some of our own MASL members:

  • Cathy Potter: Conducting a Diversity Audit in Your Library

  • Jen Stanbro and Megan Blakemore: Using Data in Collection Development

  • Karen Silverman, Heather Perkinson, and panel: Book Challenges in Maine Schools

  • Suzanne Dix: School and Public Library Partnerships: Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

Make sure to stop by our table at RRU where we have lots of exciting activities planned this year. We will have a photo booth, information about becoming a MASL All-Star, and information about an exciting bookmark art contest. You will also be able to check out our new swag which you can purchase here.

~ Beth Andersen, MASL President-Elect, and the Chair of Professional Development Committee




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