I'm a middle school librarian. Right now it's 1st hour and, to my left, a group of eighth graders is using biographical encyclopedias--via databases and in print--to research Latin American notables. Oddly, they're stone-cold quiet.
It's still early...
To my right, seventh graders have taken over my office to use it as a podcast studio. They're recording vintage-radio-show-style mysteries that they've written. Every once in a while I hear a funny sound effect.
So why am I here? I don't really know yet. I'll warn you though: I plan to steal your brains.
I'm Mike McQueen, teacher librarian and founder of http://www.GettingBoysToRead.com. Like many school districts, we are in a financial crises. Our school board recently proposed to eliminate ALL 20+ middle school teacher librarians and also cut all 90+ elementary schools to half time. Since we are the biggest district in all of Colorado, we worry this will cause other districts to follow suit. We launched an online movement and are going to do our best to put up a good fight.
If possible, please visit our Facebook page and "Like" us http://www.facebook.com/SupportSchoolLibraries . Adding a positive comment and sharing with your friends would help our morale as well. The board finalizes the budget soon so your timely support would be greatly appreciated!
I'm a teacher librarian & recently started a community based blog for getting boys to read - http://GettingBoysToRead.com. Please send me a friend request if you'd like to network, share ideas, and learn more about getting boys to read.
Sadly, the photo is not me. I found it several years ago somewhere online and have been using it as an avatar of sorts ever since. It's probably the most popular thing I have going online since I get so many comments from it. I believe the little girl is named Paula, and I'd like to thank her for giving me such an adorably awesome Internet identity.
By the way, I checked out your website, and it rocks. Seriously.