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Internship Week 2!

This week my supervising librarian was collecting books from the students and preparing to take inventory next week. (Don’t judge me; I’m super excited for this!)

I learned the differences in book bindings.

Book Binding (in order of preference for use in a school library.)

1. Library Reinforced-vendors take the copy of the book and reinforce the cover and put the jacket cover on a cover that will not come off of the book. They also reinforce the binding with either glue or sew it. Book is also printed on acid-free paper to eliminate page yellowing.

2.  Vendor bound-one step below library reinforced, but books are bound by the vendor, not originally, may not always be printed on acid-free paper.

3. Trade hardcover-Quality hardcover book that you would buy in a bookstore. After a couple uses, the binding begins to loosen and if the book jacket has not been taped, will get lost.

4. Trade paperback-buy only when necessary. For example, when a book is being made into a movie and you need extra copies in the library. A quick fix.

I also learned that shelf reading is when you walk through the shelves and make sure that books are in their proper places.

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Online Book Communites

NERD UNITE! Have ya’ll heard of online book communities? They’re pretty cool. They’re basically places where you enter in books that you have read, rate them, and connect to other people based on that information. Basically, a literacy nerds paradise. Some of the websites that I have used are: (I’m including pictures of my profile for each one.)




Likes: connects to facebook, and twitter, connects you to authors

Dislikes: constantly emails you if you don’t turn that off

Ease of use: very simple to figure out how to use

Pleasing to the eye: very simple and neat




Likes: I did not like too much about this community.

Dislikes: too plain looking, too much white, kind of hard to find books,

Ease of use: not very easy, takes some getting used to

Pleasing to the eye: not very aesthetically pleasing




Likes: easy to organize books while adding them to shelves, love that its connected to Amazon

Dislikes: not a fan of the display

Ease of use: pretyt simple to follow

Pleasing to the eye: not too pretty, but overall a neat appearance




Likes: becomes your own blog, completely personalized

Dislikes: can’t rate books.

Ease of use: VERY simple.

Pleasing to the eye: Love the look and how clean everything appears.


Each book community has advantages and disadvantages, but each one does the same thing: puts you in touch with others nerds, like us, who love books that you love! Isn’t that cool? Personally, goodreads and booklikes are my favorites. I think that I would most likely suggest bookreads to students though, because it allows you to connect to authors as well as to other people. I actually had the opportunity to have  a dicussion with Sarah Dessen through it! It was really neat to chat with her.

What communities are ya’ll a part of? Post links to your profiles and I’ll give you a follow! How would you use these in your own libraries or classrooms?

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Cartoons and Comics

Howdy! Today’s blog post is brought to you by the Letter C!

Just kidding, but who doesn’t love a good sesame street reference? Anyway, today’s post is about COMICS!

“But Stephanie!” You say, “Comics aren’t literary!” Sure they are! Especially if you make them a fun way for students to evaluate stories or summarize what they are reading. If I was an English teacher, I would use comics to have students summarize what they are reading, or have read. I think it would even be fun to make comic strips as puzzles! Have the characters act out scenes from books and make students guess what book the comic represents. You could even use comics as quizzes. Have each block  of the strip with a character asking a question, that would be fun! I bet students would love it!

I will be teaching math this coming school year and I think I will use the comics to have as reminders on how to use formulas or how to remember vocabulary. Maybe even have the students make comic strips teaching the vocabulary that they need.

In a library, I think it would be fun to use comics to show appropriate and inappropriate library behaviors. It would be more fun than the regular boring rules you normally see posted.

Anyway, I used three websites to make comics over the last few days.





Personally, I loved using ToonDoo. I needed almost zero information or training on how to use the website, it was so easy! And the colors, graphics, and options for characters and background were great. I was really excited. Honestly, the hardest part of making the comic was thinking of what to put in it. Once I did though, I was able to make it pretty quickly and save it onto my computer with ease. I think I would definitely use this in my classroom.



Oh my goodness, I LOVED using Pixton! It was so easy! They have templates already put together where you just choose your characters and add in your captions. It was great! I didn’t need any tutorial at all. The only hard part was saving the actual comic. I had to wait for an email to be sent to me that never came, so I just screen shotted my comic and saved it that way. But other than that, Pixton was great to use. Definitely a website that I would use in lower grades because it was so easy to use.



I was not too big of a fan of MakeBeliefs. The characters were not very interesting, nor were the background options. And it was difficult to figure out where and how to use the tools to move things around, shrink or grow images, and even delete images. Every time that I wanted to edit something, I had to click it, then the tool, then use the tool on the toolbar. It was slightly frustrating. It also did not have any colors. I  don’t think I would use it again, but I would present it as an option to my students,

So there you have it! Comics and free websites to make them at! How do you all plan to use them in your classrooms?

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