Session 8
The Journey of Starting a Media Blog Stacey Kahler, Mechanicsville ES, Carroll County Public SchoolsHave you ever wanted to start a blog but didn’t know where to start? Well, that was me last year, but I did it anyway and you can too! Come hear about some successes, tips, and the journey - both the ups and downs – to create a media blog.
Franklin:RSS Feeds with StudentsMary Jo Richmond, Coordinator of Media Services, Frederick County Public SchoolsWant to find a way to engage your students with the databases? Come see how easily students can set up their own RSS feeds to Gale, SIRS Knowledge Source and Google Newsfeeds to enable them to get the most current information on the topics they are researching. Attendees coming with a laptop should have a Google Account if they’d like to build their RSS feed at the same time.ALL

Crystal Ballroom:Black-Eyed Susan Books for High SchoolMargie Simon, Perry Hall High School, Baltimore County Public SchoolsThis session will provide an overview of the 2010-2011 Black-Eyed Susan Books for High School students as well as a discussion of how to integrate Black-Eyed Susan books into the school library program.MS, HS
Writing Models Using the Black-Eyed Susan Picture Books Christy Ann Pierce, Retired teacher & College instructor, Caroline County Public SchoolsUsing recent Black-Eyed Susan picture books, the presentations will share writing ideas for use in the primary grades, intermediate grades, and middle school grades. A brief book talk will be given for each title used in the presentation and additional ideas will be shared by audience volunteers.ES, MS
Discovering the Power of the Written Word: Building the Desire to Write and Read Through Storytelling and DramaArianna Ross, Story TapestriesMany students need support in developing a strong author’s voice. An aspect of a librarian’s job is to help cultivate the young/older writers in their community. Storytelling, drama, and creative writing can both enhance and motivate people’s desire to write, an understanding of high level vocabulary works for the younger writers, build self-confidence, strengthen literacy skills, and develop self- respect. Additionally, by dramatizing their stories, librarians can re-discover the excitement and power in knowing how to transform a spoken language into a written story. Everyone will walk away with stories to tell and ideas to share with other staff.ALL