A Classroom Library: If You Build It, They Will Read by Jim Bailey

When we establish school libraries that inspire students to aspire to be better readers, then and only then, will we have achieved one of our reading goals.

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I had just finished sharing the latest research about classroom libraries with my teachers at a staff meeting.  The research didn’t surprise anyone.  Students who are able to utilize a well-stocked, diverse classroom library spend 60% more time reading compared to those that don’t.  These same students are also more likely to talk about the books they are reading and make recommendations to other students.  Classroom libraries are essential in order to provide students with access to books and motivation to read.  There is a direct link between classroom libraries and reading motivation, reading achievement, and reading engagement.

None of this research was a huge shock to the teachers in the room.  What happened next, however, was a huge shock.  I reached into my pocket and pulled out a stack of $100 gift cards to Barnes and Noble.  “We are spending the rest of the PD day at Barnes and…

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The first year of this blog, I decided that I would write every single post that I published here myself in order to create a blog I felt was all my own. 2,071 more words

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Healthcare provider Neela Janakiramanan has concerns about the My Health Record that go way beyond privacy. She shares this comprehensive analysis of what’s at stake – and why youth and women in particular are at risk. I’m going to start by breaking an iron-clad rule of debating tournaments by talking about Nazi Germany. On March […]

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Homeless tonight

Ryan’s weekly tip is emailed out for homeless, mentally ill and addicted patrons of Libraries. I was particularly moved by this week’s instalment. It reminds us that we are very fortunate if we have our own shelter to sleep in each night and enough money for food each day.  For more information and to sign up for classes please go to: Librarian’s Guide to Homelessness.
I slept in a homeless shelter last night.

I work at one of the largest shelters in Illinois. Whenever my wife and kids are out of town, I sleep here to get fresh perspective. I figure that I should have some idea what it is like to sleep here.

I jotted down notes of things that struck me:

7:00 pm – Dinner is provided by volunteers who are all members of the Sikh religion. They all, including the children, wear Dastars (turbans). They serve a few dozen pizzas, watermelon and orange Kool-Aid.

7:32 pm – There are way too many kids living in the shelter right now. I watch four siblings (all in matching tie-die shirts) run around a crowded dining room play a game that is a cross between tag and rugby. Dozens of adults—weary from a long day—try to avoid them.

8:46 pm – A man who lives at the shelter is making a balloon animal (a monkey riding on a ball). He taught himself to make balloon animals as a way to calm his anxiety. The four children in matching tie-die shirts stand transfixed, watching his craft. It is the first time they have stopped moving since they arrived.

9:00 pm – The sleeping rooms are full and there are still more people that need a place to stay. The dining room is converted into another “bedroom” by laying out another 40 or so mats. That is where I will sleep tonight.

10:32 pm – I manage to track down a few sheets so I don’t have to sleep on a bare mat. I’m not sure where we got the sheets from, but they are smaller than a twin bed. Maybe they were made for cribs.

10:37 pm – I am assigned a mat in the middle of the dining room. All the “prime real estate” is already taken. The best locations are near a fan or a wall. The noise of the fans block some of the shelter noises, and the walls guarantee that your head isn’t by a lot of feet. I have the benefit of neither a fan nor a wall.

11:02 pm – It is amazing how much noise 40 people can make while sleeping. How does anyone sleep here? Man, I wish I was near a fan…

Around midnight – I finally drift off to sleep.

1:32 am – My full bladder wakes me up. I stumble to the bathroom. In order to get there, I have to step over eight sleeping people, go down a flight of stairs and traverse a hallway. Task complete, I go back down the hall, up the stairs and re-cross eight sleeping bodies. By the time I get back to my mat, I am wide awake. It takes me at least 30 minutes to get back to sleep.

2:15 am – The guy sleeping next to me has a coughing fit and I wake up for a while.

3:32 am – A man getting up for work trips on something, making a clutter. I am started awake. It takes me a while to get back to sleep.

4:29 am – Lots of people are getting up for work. Most are trying to be quiet. A few are not. A husband and wife have resumed their argument from the night before.

4:29 am – 5:00 am – I stare at the ceiling and watch people get ready for work. It is way too loud to sleep now. I really wish that I had gotten a spot in one of the sleeping rooms, rather than the dining room.

5:00 am – The lone staff member turns on the lights. 40 people groggily get up and stack their mats in the corner so the room can be turned back into a dining room for breakfast.

5:22 am –Some mornings there are as many as twenty volunteers and breakfast is pancakes, eggs, grits and toast. Today, there is only one volunteer so breakfast is pastries donated from the local grocery store and cold cereal.

6:00 am – I stumble down to my office. My vision is a little blurry and my head is fuzzy. I sit in front of my computer to type out this email.

Rest of the day – I have to work. I haven’t gotten enough sleep to function. I don’t know how anyone is able to keep a job while sleeping in a homeless shelter. I can muddle through today, but if I had to do this for many days in a row I would be utterly unemployable from sheer sleep deprivation. If I went to the library, I would totally fall asleep.

Please forgive any typos and poor writing. I am really freaking tired.

Sat 4th Oceanarium & It Takes a Child to Grow a Village – Central Goldfields Art Gallery – WIW 2018 Central Goldfields

An exciting opportunity to visit the wonderful Central Goldfields area of Victoria and enjoy some wonderful art for more information pleas go to: Sat 4th Oceanarium & It Takes a Child to Grow a Village – Central Goldfields Art Gallery – WIW 2018 Central Goldfields

Could free public transport inspire sustainable travel? — Make Wealth History

I make use of the free trams in Melbourne City to commute down to the Vline station to catch my ride home each Wednesday. The trams are full, and for me that is an indicator that it’s a successful way to move a lot of folk quickly around the town. This is an interesting (European based) discussion on the subject:


All around the world cities are struggling with traffic congestion, and with the associated delays, carbon emissions and air pollution. Behind every traffic jam are thousands of personal decisions about how people are going to travel. The more people choose public transport, the fewer traffic jams and the less pollution there will be. But how […]

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