Blogging from Library Media World

Never-ending Search ( Search

Created by a professor of education at Rutgers University, Joyce Valenza, this blog keeps readers up to date with news and new releases that cover a variety of library needs. Looking at her most recent posts, I was impressed by them all. In her first post she talks about the new features of Padlet, which is a great tool for students to use in the classroom. I have used Padlet in the past, but not as of late, so these new features were exciting to read about. She also posted about 123 Video Encyclopedia. I had never heard of this website, but love the collection of classroom appropriate videos for lesson introductions and hooks.  Canva, a graphic design program, also has some new templates released. I have never used Canva, but after reading her blog and looking at the site, it definitely looks like something I could use in the future. More posts about new features and releases were mentioned, including Google Earth, Spiral, Toontastic 3D, and more! I think this is a great blog for teachers looking for new tech tools to incorporate into their classroom. I would love to link this blog to my own school site, so that other teachers can see these awesome resources. I could see having a blog with things like this on there as well. If all librarians were able to blog about what they were doing in the library, there would be a great bank of resources to use.


The Daring Librarian ( result for the daring librarian

Gwenyth Jones, a library media specialist at Murray Hill Middle School, has created a wonderful website, which includes her blog. This blog has resources that cover a wide range of topics, including book suggestions, a summer reading program, going green, women’s history, STEAM opportunities, and so much more. This is a one stop shop of resources for a middle school librarian. Some of these ideas are easily adaptable for elementary and high school too. She featured a great idea on Book Speed Dating. We all know the premise of Speed Dating, but she has utilized that process for sharing books. She sets up piles of books (based on genre or topic), there’s even a “blind date” section with books covered and just a few word synopsis. Students wander around and look through some books. After a while she signals to move on to something else. This continues until students have found the perfect match. There are a ton of pictures, and videos to check out on her link to that post below. She includes so many videos and pictures of her own students in her library participating in these activities. I love this site! Library Media Specialists would benefit from seeing her ideas. Being new to the library world, it is hard to come up with ideas for lessons and activities. This is a great place to start. She includes book suggestions for all ages, not just middle school. I also enjoyed the Going Green post and all of the resources that she provided as examples for what their school is doing to go green.

Ms. Yingling Reads (

Ms. Yingling, an experienced middle school librarian has spent a ton of time reading and compiling book reviews. She blogs almost daily with new book reviews. Each review includes the book information, a picture of the cover, a summary, the pros and cons, and a final thought about the book. In one particular post about The Orphan Train Girl, Ms Yingling gives a great review. I know the Orphan Train is a popular topic with the older students. I like that this book is written in alternating perspectives. I really would like to get more novels written that way. If she had not shared that information, I may not have stopped to keep reading that one. Her opinions are honest and helpful. I think this information can be useful for students and teachers/librarians alike. If she is sharing this blog with her students, it is a great way to preview a book and decided whether or not they want to check it out. Sometimes, just reading the back cover doesn’t give you enough. This is good for other librarians because they can use the reviews to decide if this is a title they want to add to their collection. Although she is a middle school librarian, some of the books still could be used in upper elementary or even high school. I think this could be something students could do as well. If they write a little review about each book they read and submit it, you could easily post it to a blog on a school website. This would allow other students to read reviews written by their peers (which are usually more meaningful).


3 thoughts on “Blogging from Library Media World

  1. These are excellent posts! I love, love, love how you added graphics from the blog to draw attention to them. It is very clear, and easy to read, and now I’m checking out the blogs you visited for myself. 🙂


  2. Amanda,

    It’s clear that you spent a lot of time browsing these blogs and identifying engaging posts. I also visited Never Ending Search and The Daring Librarian when finding blogs that I wanted to recommend. I especially agree with you that Never Ending Search is a wonderful blog to learn about new technology. Your idea to link it to your library website in order for teachers to be able to use it as a reference is great. In your role of librarian, it’s extremely helpful to make technology resources easy to find and stress-free for teachers.

    I didn’t find Ms. Yingling Reads while visiting new blogs, but it is one that I definitely will begin following now. I particularly appreciate how honest Ms. Yingling is in her reviews with the section of “What I Really Think”. This straightforward analysis of texts is what I am looking for. Although I spend a lot of time reading new children’s books, there simply isn’t enough time to stay on top of all of the new books. By using Ms. Yingling as a resource, I’ll feel a lot more comfortable purchasing books.

    You didn’t have any particular posts linked for Ms. Yingling Reads, and you may want to refer to a particular review that you found useful or interesting. In addition, the links for Never Ending Search either don’t work or link to your own Canva page. You may want to link them to the post on Never Ending Search instead.

    Otherwise, I really enjoyed reading your reviews. Nicely done!



  3. Amanda, your post on Mrs. Yingling was a great find! I really like her idea of reading the book first, writing about it, then sharing it with the students to check out. I wonder if she shares her blog with all of her middle school students right away, so they know whether or not a certain book is a good read? This came to mind, if she was my librarian, I think I would propose a challenge. To see if she could read every book, write about it and then see how many times certain books are checked out based on her reviews. Just food for thought 🙂 I enjoyed reading each of your posts and it obviously shows that you took time to really research good blogs. Ones that would be informational for us. Good work!



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