Library Blogs and Sites

Many of our teacher librarians and media managers have websites and blogs they maintain for their students and staff. Check them out below. Who knows – you may get some new ideas and inspiration!

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Trust Me Documentary

We all struggle to sift through what is fact and what is fiction. It’s a topic we work to teach our students – how to know what is real and how to find credible sources. I came across this documentary, through NewsLit, that I think would be great for our middle and high school students to watch.

TRUST ME” is a 90 minute, 15 segment documentary that explores how a lack of media literacy is causing physical, emotional and political problems.

With support from the Knight Foundation, and a curriculum written by the News Literacy Project, The Getting Better Foundation is gifting “Trust Me”, a feature-length documentary, to the middle and high schools of the United States for one year starting October 6, 2020.

The documentary delves into manipulation and misinformation by exploring human nature, information technology, and how news and media literacy can engender trust.

From NewsLit

This video is available through October 6, 2021. Click here to register. Use the password NLP-Teacher to access the film. Once you register (which takes 5 seconds), you’ll get a link for the video. You may want to skip the intro of kids singing. After that, it gets very engaging.
Their classroom viewing guide helps you use the film as a teaching tool and can be adapted to your needs. You can find the registration link and more information on Page 7 of the viewing guide.

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Black History Month

February is Black History Month and a great time to share resources and celebrate the achievements of black creators, inventors, adventurers, and more. Below are some resources that you can share with your staff and students:

Best 2020 Books by Black Authors

Elementary:

All Because You Matter by Tami Charles (K-3)
Clean Getaway by Nic Stone (gr 3-6)
Exquisite by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Cozbi A Cabrera (K-3)
I am Every Good Thing by Derrick Barnes (K-3)
Magnificent Homespun Brown by Samara Cole Doyon (K-3)
Nana Akua Goes to School by Tricia Elam Walker (K-2)
The Oldest Student by Rita Lorraine Hubbard (K-3)
The Only Black Girls in Town by Brandy Colbert (gr 3-7)
Overground Railroad by Lesa Cline-Ransome (K-2)
RESPECT by Carole Boston Weatherford (K-3)
Twins by Varian Johnson (gr 3-7)
You Matter by Christian Robinson (K-1)
Ways to Make Sunshine by Renée Watson (gr 3-5)
Woke: A Young Poet’s Call to Justice by Mahogany Browne, Elizabeth Acevedo & Olivia Gatewood. (gr 3-6)

Middle:

Class Act by Jerry Craft (gr 4-8)
From the Desk of Zoe Washington by Janae Marks (gr 4 & up)
King of the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (gr 4-9)
Lifting as We Climb by Evette Dionne (gr 5-7)
Loretta Little Looks Back by Andrea Davis Pinkney (gr 5 & up)
Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron (gr 5-7)
Stamped by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X Kendi (gr 7 & up)
The Talk by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis (gr 5 & up)
This Book is Anti-Racist by Tiffany Jewell (gr 6 & up)
What Lane? by Torrey Maldonado (gr 5-8)

High:

Black Girl Unlimited by Echo Brown (gr 9 & up)
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed (gr 9 & up)
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe (gr 9 & up)
Flamer by Mike Curato (gr 8 & up)
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (gr 8 & up)
Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles (gr 8 & up)
Punching the Air by Ibi & Yusef Salaam Zoboi (gr 8 & up)
Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko (gr 7 & up)

Videos:

Bessie Coleman, The First Female African American Pilot
The breathtaking courage of Harriet Tubman
Brown Ballerinas – Inside the Dance Theatre of Harlem
The exceptional life of Benjamin Banneker
Food of the Enslaved: Michael Twitty cooks recipes from American history
Hazel Scott plays Black & White on two grand pianos (1943)
Hidden Stories: Dorothy Vaughan
Jackie Robinson, baseball pioneer and American hero
James Conway Farley, an anamorphic portrait of innovation
Katherine Johnson, the girl who loved to count
Matthew Henson’s historic expedition to the North Pole
NASA Astronaut Leland Melvin, a Chronicles profile
Reconstruction: The Vote – Black History in Two Minutes (or So)
The Rocket Scientist Who Invented the Super Soaker
Rosa Parks, her story as a lifelong civil rights activist
Shirley Chisholm, the First Black Congresswoman

Biographies:

WorldBook Biography Center – If you’re off your school network, you’ll need the username and password.

These resources are just a drop in the bucket. How do you recognize and celebrate Black History Month?

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