Holomua Elementary School Librarian Ruby Arita uses many book stands and display racks to showcase book covers and encourage borrowing. The stands and racks are all over the library on the floor, on top of book cases, and at book case ends.
Iolani Upper School Library has a table full of drink bottles, lunch sacks and food containers at the entrance. It’s a creative way to prevent eating and drinking in the library. Iolani Upper School Head Librarian Tennye Cabrera explained it was like the “Amnesty Table” at the airport before you reach the TSA security check point. Students leave their food and drinks on the table and do not get in trouble.
Terri Tanji, Leihoku Elementary School’s Librarian has an efficient system so books get checked out on days her library assistant works. When classes visit the library, students put a marker or post-it on books they want to borrow. Leihoku Elementary Library Assistant Miss Jenn checks the books out, puts them in the classroom box which then gets delivered a few days after the class visited the library.
My second favorite free design tool is Microsoft’s Snipping Tool. It comes with Windows 7 (so technically it’s not free). This tool is very convenient and easy to use. With the Snipping Tool you can take a snap shot of anything on your desktop screen. Examples include a picture, part of a webpage, recipes, news stories or book reviews. I use the Snipping Tool when I need a picture of something that is included in part of a flyer, brochure or webpage and I don’t have the individual picture file of the item.
Per the Microsoft website, “Snip a whole window, a rectangular section of the screen, or draw a freehand outline with your mouse or tablet pen (or your finger, if you’re using a PC with a touchscreen). Then you can annotate, save, or e-mail the image using buttons right in the Snipping Tool window.”
When creating flyers I usually use the Snipping Tool together with Canva. Some of the book covers in the HaSTA flyer from last week’s Free Design Tool post were created with the Snipping Tool.
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Welcome to the first Capstone Live with Michael Dahl episode of Michael Dahl’s highlights of his top five picks from Capstone’s Fall 2014 nonfiction list. Stay tuned for four more episodes including Michael’s top fiction picks and a segment on graphic novels. One episode will be released each month and are about five minutes each.
From the Capstone website, “Michael Dahl is the prolific author of the bestselling Goodnight, Baseball picture book and more than 200 other books for children and young adults. He has won the AEP Distinguished Achievement Award three times for his nonfiction, a Teacher’s Choice award from Learning magazine, and a Seal of Excellence from the Creative Child Awards. And he has won awards for his board books for the earliest learners, Duck Goes Potty and Bear Says “Thank You!” Dahl currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.” Some of the series Michael Dahl has authored include Library of Doom, Return of Library of Doom, Hocus Pocus Hotel, Dragonblood, and Dragonborn.
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Canva is a free design tool that makes it easier for nonprofessionals to create attractive professional looking designs. I am definitely not artistic. Creating flyers, images for presentations and the web are a challenge for me. But Canva has helped me to create them without complicated software like Photoshop. They have tons of fun tutorials and templates so you can create what you need easily. Creating in Canva is free if you use your own images and the free Canva elements. If you use Canva’s premium elements it costs $1.
Here is the flyer I made using Canva for the Hawaii Science Teachers Association Fall Conference (HaSTA) earlier this month. I copied a similar flyer from last year which was done for me by the Capstone Classroom marketing department and instead created it in Canva. I also used Canva to create the Walter Cronkite library quote and the Library Ideas from Kaimuki High School pictures in previous blog posts. Check out Canva.
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