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Welcome to the library and another great year of learning and reading! I hope to instill a love of reading and a lifelong passion for learning in your students.

You may wonder, "who is the Librarian?" Here's a little bit of info about me:
--K-12 state-certified librarian
--the creator of the ADS library (with lots of parent help!)
--hold a MLIS from UT Austin
--hold a MS in Geology from the University of Minnesota
--hold a BA in Geology from Bryn Mawr College
--mother of two ADS graduates
--I live with a husband, two kids, five chickens, one epileptic chihuahua and one cat

Recent Posts

Science Fair!

It has started in earnest!  By next week all 3rd-8th graders will have started their science fair projects.  Please listen to your child's ideas and provide them with feedback on their methodology, where they can find background research, and how they will acquire their materials.  They will have time during their library visits over the next few weeks to start research as well as conference with me.
While some children are excited about this long-term project, others are filled with trepidation about the unknown.  This is a big project and it may seem overwhelming right now.  Let your child know that they should work a little at a time and you will be there for them throughout the process! 

Back to School Party

Join us in the library from 3-4pm Tuesday 9/15 to celebrate reading, crafting, and eating!  We will be crafting and eating related to three of this year's Bluebonnet books.  Stop by!

Library procedures & info

Please make sure your child has returned their signed Computer Use Agreement form to me or their teacher.  We cannot go forth with computer or tablet use until we have them back!
Several parents have asked about library policies:
  • Books are checked out in our circulation system for two weeks.  However, children may keep the books longer if they are not done and they can return them earlier if they are.  The library is open every morning from 7:30-7:50, as well as a variety of times during the school day and for awhile after school several days a week.
  • Kinders can check out one book at a time. All other grades may have two. If a student is working on a class project or in a book club they may very well have additional books checked out. Please help your child develop good book habits at home:help them find a safe place for books and encourage them to return books when finished so others can check them out.
  • I allow children to check out books they self select--within reason.  I regularly talk little ones out of large chapter books, scary books, etc.  I try to talk kids into books at their reading level or that are on a subject they are interested in.  Sometimes I am successful, sometimes I am not.  If your child brings home a book you wish they had not, please have a dinner table conversation about what books would be a better choice.  This is a great time to talk about reading goals, strengths/weaknesses, interests, and responsibility.  They can then come to the library and exchange the first book for a different one.

National Forensic Science Week tour!

Join us on August 12th for a DPS Crime Lab tour as part of the National Forensic Science Week. Texas DPS Austin Crime Laboratory 5800 Guadalupe St Building U Austin, TX 78752
to sign up to attend--there aren't many tickets left! It's free. I will be attending the 1:30pm tour, but feel free to sign up for anytime in the afternoon that works with your schedule and that has tickets available.

ADS Summer Book Club!

Join me on Tuesday July 7th at 9:30 am at Central Market (N. Lamar) for some banana muffins, some book discussion, and some playing.  We will meet out at the tables by the playscape, feel free to buy a drink inside to stay cool.  I will bring muffins.

5th-7th graders heard from author Varian Johnson

Soon-to-be-middle-schoolers heard from local author Varian Johnson on Friday June 5th.  The author of TLA Lone Star listed The Great Greene Heist treated the kids to insider information about the book, his writing habits, and how to be a writer.

Summer 2015 Book Club

Here's a link to the summer reading info I am sending home this week and next with students.  The second page has the Bingo sheet--their ticket into my Back-to-School Party in September.  Your child can complete a row, a column, a diagonal line, or complete everything for a "black out"!

ADS Summer Book Club

Keep your kids reading and active this summer, whether it is taking them to Austin Public Library for books and their MANY events (, helping them complete a row or column on the bingo sheet they are bringing home this week (their ticket into my Back-to-School Party in September), or participating in our second ADS Summer Book Club.  Read one or all the mystery books then meet up with us around town for some activities related to them!
Kinder-1st grade: Murilla Gorilla, Jungle Detective by Jennifer Lloyd
1st-3rd grade: The Trouble With Chickens: a J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin
3rd-5th grade: The Detective's Assistant by Kate Hannigan
5th-8th grade: The Great Trouble: A Mystery of London, the Blue Death, and a Boy Called Eel by Deborah Hopkinson 
We will be meeting in June for a downtown ghost tour with, in July at Central Market for banana muffins and some play, August 12th for a DPS Crime Lab tour, and a possible Nau's Enfield Drug meeting for a root beer float (we had a blast last year, so I'd really like to go there again!).

March Madness at ADS

Getting on board with NCAA March Madness...check out the competition happening on the wall outside the library!  Each day over the next three weeks there will be a competition between past Newbery or Caldecott and your kids can vote.  One book each day will be eliminated until we have a winner!

Bluebonnet results for our school!

Nearly 70 children voted on Wednesday 1/28 and the winner was....Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo!
Results from the Texas Library Association will be available in the next week, after the 400,000 votes are counted!

Bluebonnet voting is here!

Bluebonnet voting will be Wednesday (the 28th).  All 3rd-6th graders who have read a minimum of 5 books from the Texas Library Association list are eligible to vote.  Voting will be done as part of a breakfast and this year we will also have door prizes related to the books!

January will be freakishly busy!

What a month we have coming up:
  • Bluebonnet voting will be the last week of the month.  All 3rd-6th graders who have read a minimum of 5 books from the Texas Library Association list are eligible to vote.  Voting will be done as part of a breakfast!
  • We will host one more after school Bluebonnet party: Friday January 16th from 3-4pm.  Stop by and make some crafts and eat some snacks related to the books!
  • Science Fair is on Friday January 30th from 9-11am.  Every Tuesday and Thursday in January we will host Work Days in the library from 3-4pm.  You can attend with your child, or if your child is in aftercare let them know they will be coming to the Work Day and they can attend without you.  Children can work on typing their reports as well as printing and/or creating graphs and such.