I love a good story.  I especially love listening to people tell their stories.  My wife and I often go to different storytelling events.  Recently, we went to Stone Mountain to the Tour of Southern Ghosts and hear some wonderful, spooky stories.  Today in the media center, I was fortunate enough to get to tell a story to two fourth grade classes who are studying Native American folktales and scary stories.  Here is a link to my story.

Book Fair Comes to a Close

I would like to thank everyone who made this book fair such a great success for our media center.  You have helped us raise money to go toward an author visit in the spring and purchase new books and technology.  This was our largest book fair and I enjoyed hearing your comments about the variety of products at the fair.  We had such a great time with our safari theme.  Just wait until you see the spring book fair theme!  We’re going to have a lot of fun with it, too.  I also really enjoyed getting to meet so many families.  Stop by anytime.

Book Fair Animal Print Day

Our book fair is off to a great start.  Yesterday, students and faculty dressed in animal prints to kick-off the fair.  We’re on our way to reaching our sales goal.  The money from book fair will help us bring Deborah Wiles, an award-winning author, to our school in the spring.  Don’t forget to visit our book fair webpage to see our goal and our progress toward our goal.


Awhile back, I posted about some great things that you can do in the month of October.  I also posted about how October is one of my favorite months.  One thing I want to do with this blog is share things from my life so that families and students can get to know things that I’m interested in.  My wife and I love to decorate for Halloween and Christmas.  This weekend, we made a short video of our Halloween decorations to share with our families who live in Blue Ridge and Clayton, GA as well as Albertville, AL.  I thought that I would also share it with you.  I know that some of you do not celebrate Halloween and may not wish to view this video, bu that is ok.  I also want to offer a warning that the music on this video might be too scary for some listeners!

Click for the video

Election Centers

I recently created a Delicious bookmark account for our media center.  We used Delicious during election centers that were visited by 3rd and 4th graders in the media center.  At these centers, students learned about a whole range of repsonsibilities of the president and what it takes to become president.  Here is a brief video clip of students in action during the election centers.  Don’t forget that you can visit our Delicious bookmarks by visiting

Click here for the video

Book Fair

Once again, I’d like to announce that the Fall Book Fair Safari starts on Monday.  Visit our book fair page to see some of the books and create a wish list.  Here are some things happening at the book fair:

-Monday October 20th is animal print day.  Wear your favorite animal print clothing.

-Tuesday October 21st is family night.  The book fair is open until 7:00 PM.

-Friday October 22nd we will have a drawing for free books and posters.  Every student who buys a book will be entered into the drawing.

Don’t forget to look at your teacher’s class wishlist that is posted at the entrance to the media center.  Let’s go on a reading safari and raise money for our media center!  The money that is raised will help bring an award-winning author to our school in the spring and buy more books and technology for our media center.

Website Bookmarks

I have created a Delicious account for our media center.  If you aren’t familiar with Delicious, it’s a social bookmarking site on the internet.  I will place bookmarks to websites that we use in the media center on this page and tag the bookmarks with keywords.  You can go to the site and sort the bookmarks by their tags.  Right now, there are several election sites that we used in our election centers.  Students were very excited about these centers, so it would be great to follow-up and visit these websites again.  There are several  games that students enjoyed playing that teach about the election process and what it takes to become president.  Click here to visit our Delicious page.