I taught sixth grade for the first 4 years of my career, followed by another 6 years as an elementary librarian. I switched to the high school level and am currently in my 4th year as the teacher-librarian at McLain Community HS. It's an alternative high school which means that 95% of our 700+ students are labeled at risk, all of which have dropped out of their previous school. When I first arrived in 2004 we did an extreme library makeover and made the library a great place to visit. We encourage food and drinks, have a library cafe, 4 huge Luv Sacs, offer free monthly pancakes, and do a ton of other fun things. We also have a "No Shushing" policy.
My favorite hobby is spending time my family. I have 13 and 9 year old kids and just celebrated 15 years of marriage. I also like technology, 4-wheeling, Sat. Morning Basketball, Hiking, and
I have been cutting my own hair for 18 years, My high school buddies call me E.T. because I have hammer toes, I Lived in Nome, Alaska for 8 months, I hated to Read as a kid and now I'm a librarian.
MY WEBSITE: http://GettingBoysToRead.com. We are a community based blog for parents, librarians, and teachers. We provide information and support through articles, videos, interviews, and our forum.
I'm brand new to Library 2.0 and your post in the Creative Librarians group is one of the first things I've viewed. I sent my youth services librarian co-workers a link to your new Getting Boys to Read site.
I notice it is currently in beta. One thing I'd like to see added to the blog is an 'About' tab to explain further what the site is all about.
Looking forward to exploring your blog and other contributions.
H R U This Pandu From India Happy New Year and also iam interested to discuss your library science futures with seniour professionals.am from rural area, interested to start a library in my village. Please inform me what ever recuired for that waiting for your repay
Apologies for missing your comment. If you're still working on Teaching Boys to Read and making some connections to hip hop or popular culture, please do send me info and pr at:
I have a couple of outlets I can use to spread the word.
I am a staff member from a small library branch with only two people in Sydney, Australia. I participated in the library2.0 program last year which was organised by the NSW State Library. We now continue our journey of learning which includes "Nings". It brought me here to your ning page. I am very interested in your "GettingBoystoRead" site. I would like to share it with my colleagues. We hope to use a lot tips from your site to achieve our goal. I hope that you don't mind. Thanks.
helo sir, am currently a 4rth yr student in LIS
I've viewed your site on getting boys to read and its very interesting and educational
May I ask for information regarding an example of a year-round library
activities that you have been doing in your respective institution
Thanks a lot
I also have two boys who hate to read and have been researching guys reading for some time. why don't boys like to read? too boring, not as exciting as video games, not interested. some like movies better than reading.
Great work! I am also a high school teacher-librarian and will certainly be able to use your blog! Who knows, if my schedule slows down I might even be able to contribute to it! Having two young boys of my own, I appreciate everything you are doing!