Catching Up!

It’s been a while! Since I last posted, here’s what’s been going on:

  • I found out I’m pregnant! I’m due with a little boy in mid-June (perfect school timing, right?). I actually found out a couple of weeks before I went to Ohio for AASL – which should explain why I slept through all of the evening social activities and ordered the same meal for dinner three nights in a row. If you missed my AASL recap video, you can watch that here.
  • Winter break happened. Those two glorious weeks were full of family, food, and no work. Just the way it should be.
  • I came down with what can only be described as THE PLAGUE. It was horrible, it lasted forever, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I’m better now.
  • I ordered a bunch of the books from the 2015 Nerdies (thanks, Nerdy Book Club!) for our library. This blog is a great resource if you’re looking for a little inspiration in building your collection! I’m really looking forward to reading the books he lists in this post: Ten 2016 Books That I Think Are Pretty Great
  • Finally, at long last, I started filming Book of the Week again! You can check out the two most recent videos below:

I’m excited to be back in the swing of writing and recording for the new year. I’m hoping to continue to develop this blog into both a personal project and a professional sounding board – and I’m always open to suggestions!

Thanks for reading!

Middle School Magic and Mystery


This morning, I officially started my first school year as a Middle School Librarian.

We’ve been working since last week, meeting as a whole faculty and in smaller teams, discussing protocol and personality.  I brainstormed with faculty members and set up my office. I met my Advisee students and put together Back to School goodie bags that 6th-grade-Corley would have FREAKED OUT over. I shelved books. I straightened my area.

I am totally prepared.

Also, not at all prepared.

There is such a crackling excitement in the air. I’ve been at PDS for three years now, so I’m used to the Back to School buzz. But this is my first year as a member of faculty, and everything is different on this side of the fence.

I always loved decorating my notebooks and book covers with white-out pens and inside-out paper bags. Last week, I tapped into those skills as I trimmed paper and used an expert combination of glue sticks, cotton balls, and the classic dye-cut paper letters to make my first bulletin board. I browsed the shelves to curate books to match my theme – Middle School Magic and Mystery.

This morning, as I wove my way through the suddenly crowded halls, protecting my coffee from backpacks and other hazards (priorities), I felt a sense of excitement and anticipation that I haven’t felt since my own first day of sixth grade (no need to say how many years ago). I can so clearly remember approaching my school with my new backpack and oversize Keroppi t-shirt (so cool), wondering if anyone would like me or beat me up or if everyone would ignore me entirely.

Middle School truly is a time of magic and mystery. By May, we will all have changed so much. We’ll spend this year learning, growing, and adapting as we grow into our new Middle School selves.

It’s the first day of Middle School all over again, and I know it’s going to be a great year.