Monday, December 12, 2016

Something they Want, Need, Wear, and READ

A new tradition:

This is the third year we have tried to simplify the Christmas madness.
When the kids were small there were piles and piles of "stuff" that was forgotten in no time at all. Now we follow a simple formula we found on numerous "Mom blogs" and Pinterest boards.  The idea is to purchase fewer quality gifts.  The tradition goes like this "Something they Want, Something they Need, Something they Wear, and Something to READ."  My kids actually make Pinterest boards for each category so there is still the element of surprise.   Of course, as a librarian, I love the fact that the tradition includes something to read!

Ideas for "something to read"

  • Dog, Horse, or Cat breed books
  • A Rhyming Dictionary
  • Inspirational Journals
  • Health or Sports books
  • The Daring Book for Girls
  • The Dangerous Book for Boys
  • Guinness Book of World Records 
  • Cookbook for Teens: The Easy Teen Cookbook with 74 Fun & Delicious Recipes to Try
  • Kindle E-reader or Tablet

I am sure that you will not have any trouble with the other categories.  The only thing that is problematic, for teenage girls, is that the want, need, and wear are all WEAR. ;)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Guide to Cutting the Cord

The Frugal Librarian's Guide to Cutting the Cord

This post is a little off-topic for me.  I am writing this because so many have asked my advice for cutting out cable.  Last year my family decided to cold-turkey ditch cable.  Our most basic cable package had surpassed $100 per month.  We wouldn't have been so frustrated if we actually had the time to watch TV.  Additionally, we were primarily watching free network TV and paying for the DVR capabilities.  We decided to go with the Amazon Fire TV.  Perhaps the most useful Amazon tool in the process of replacing cable was the Interactive Guide for streaming TV.

Our Amazon Experiment

Right now we are using Amazon Fire TV with an Amazon Prime subscription.
  • Amazon Fire TV Stick - Fire Stick runs between $29.99 - $49.99
  • Amazon Prime subscription - This runs $99 for the year and includes so much more than Videos and free shipping.
  • We are also using the minimal versions of Hulu and Sling since we like to stay somewhat current 

Watercooler TV - latest TV
  • Hulu -  $7.99 a month w/commercials [major free networks on demand next day ABC, NBC, and Fox ]
  • Sling TV -  $20- $45/month [3 different packages] cable networks regional FOX Sports networks (depending on location), NFL Network, NBCSN, AMC, FX, CNN, HGTV, Comedy Central, USA, Cartoon Network, History, TNT, Bravo, Food Network, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, TBS, BBC America, FXX (on demand), Syfy, Nick Jr., Disney Channel, IFC, A&E, TruTV, Lifetime, Cheddar, Travel Channel, BET, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Newsy, Bloomberg TV [app is slow at times]
  • The CW - Free [app works well]
  • PBS Video - Free [app is a little glitchy]
  • NBC - Free [app is a little glitchy]

Binge Watcher - whole series and movies
  • Amazon Video - $10.99 or currently comes with a Prime membership
  • Crackle - Free  - Older television and movies 
  • Netflix -  $7.99 a month w/commercials

Free Apps that we like
  • CBSn - somewhat Live News
  • YouTube - What can we say its YouTube
  • Frequency - "If YouTube and cable television had a baby"
  • Haystack TV: Watch world news, business & finance, and celebrity gossip

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Keep Calm and use a LibGuide

Many of our Teachers are collaborating with the Library this year!
So,we have built these LibGuides to help with research.  Please let us know if you find something cool we need to add.

Projects this week:

Mr. Nichol's Democracy research project due this week

Ms. Seals' Biome Poster Project due December 2nd

Projects from earlier in the semester:

Mr. Faulk's 8th Grade History project

Ms. Messick's 8th Grade English WWII project

Ongoing Projects:
Junior Project
Senior Project
Sophomore Oration
MS and Freshmen Oration

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Webb Family of Educators

Three Webb Schools and the family connection

Many don't realize the family connection between the three Webb schools.  Though we are not corporately connected we have a rich shared family history.  "The Webbs defy all the accepted laws of pedagogy, but their boys were the best prepared that we got."- Woodrow Wilson [as President of Princeton Univ]

The Webb School of Bell Buckle 
Founded in 1870

Founders were brothersWilliam [Sawney] R. Webb and John Webb
Sawney's son William [Son Will] R. Webb Jr. was the second generation of Webb leadership on the Bell Buckle campus.
Notable Alumni
For more on the founders:

  • "The School Maker" by Laurence McMillin
  • "The Gentle Scholar" by Terry Barkley
  • "Education: The Webbs of Bell Buckle" Time Magazine Sept 16, 1946

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The Webb Schools of Claremont, California
Founded in 1922
Founders Thompson and Vivian Webb [Sawney's son and daughter-in-law]
Notable Alumni
For more on the founders:
 "Thompson Webb: The Years at the Webb School 1922-1975" compiled by Thompson Webb, Jr. and Thompson Webb III

The Webb School of Knoxville, TN
Founded in 1955
Founder Robert [Bob] and Julie Webb  [Sawney's grandson and grand daughter-in-law]
Notable Alumni
For more on the founders:
 "A Splendid Instinct" by Jack Neely

Family Tree

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Family and Representatives from the three Webb Schools in 2014

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Physical and Virtual Curation

Here are some of the things we are doing online and offline in order to curate information for students and teachers. 

Collection Arrangement 

We are pulling together fiction, non-fiction, graphic fiction, and biographies for American authors.

We are making the Library user-friendly, and encouraging independence by having easy-access, self-service areas.
We added Library of Congress to our signage to introduce students to different classification systems 
We are keeping Dewey but adding a clear blue cover to help students find American Lit and help with shelving the books

We used our giant Poe poster to identify American Lit

QR codes are added for eBooks and LibGuides

Shakespeare has his own Dewey, but we made a prominent place for the Bard in our Library.

Fun Facts:
The Webb Connection

William Shakespeare was related to our founders Sawney and John Webb

1st cousin 9x removed     

Shakespeare’s Grandmother 
Mary Webb  was the founders' 9th great grandmother 

Shakespeare’s Mother 
Mary Arden  the founders' 8th great grand aunt 

Webb / Shakespeare Connection
Bust of Shakespeare to Identify the section

Graphic Versions of the Shakespeare Plays


 For research projects, we are creating both displays and online "pathfinders" with LibGuides.


Book Finders

 Some teachers prefer hardcopy books and we have made "book finders" with Lib Guides


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

What did the faculty read this summer

Here Are Books That Our Faculty Members Read This Summer

SOCIAL: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Connect-  Matthew D. Lieberman

Talent is Overrated-  Geoff Colvin

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World-  Cal Newport

Closing of the American Mind-  Allan Bloom

Quiet-  Susan Cain

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character-  Paul Tough

Beyond Measure- Vicki Abeles

The Pressured Child-  Michael Thompson

Where You Go Is Not Who Uphill Be-  Frank Bruni

Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning- Peter Brown

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Summer Programming

Once again we had "Wednesdays in July" at The Webb School Library

Read Aloud

 This summer I was able to collaborate with a colleague, Valerie Teal, who is an elementary school teacher . She was able to help develop and carry out lessons throughout the summer for the summer story time.

The books we read this summer:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Where The Wild Things Are
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie


Book Displays


Crafts & Activities

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Independent School Section tour of school libraries