Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Goodbye for Now.

I published my first blog post on October 10, 2010. That's over 5 years ago, but it may as well be 15 or 500 years ago.

Since that first post I've gone through myriad experiences that spurred professional growth, collaborative relationships, and academic innovation. And it's all been a ton of fun.

In 622 posts I challenged myself and others to look closer at their shelves. I wrote a book about using video games in the classroom. I participated with my school in a number of global events focusing on literacy and the arts. I started a podcast. And I've made a lot of friends.

It's because of one very special friend (named Blake) that I've come to write this, my 633rd and final post at The Busy Librarian.

Blake and I have founded All The Wonders, a home for readers to discover new books and to experience the stories they love in wondrous ways. It is an entertainment channel, a variety show, and a modern library all wrapped up into one digital home. And it's something about which I care very deeply.

Which is why I'm closing shop here so that I can spend my time devoted to the amazing things happening there.

I'll leave this site up to archive all of the ways it's served the library and reading community online, but I hope you'll follow me over to All The Wonders. It's going to be a really fun adventure and I'd love for you to come with me.

So, won't you?

Until then, so long and thanks for all the fish.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Jon Scieszka (#LGBpdcast Ep. 200)

Jon Scieszka (@Jon_Scieszka), editor of Guys Reads: Terrifying Tales, which is published by Walden Pond Press (@WaldenPondPress), and other of a ton of bestselling books including The Stinky Cheese Man, Knucklehead, and the Frank Einstein series, stops by the podcast to talk about storytelling with a purpose, appreciating the ways that kids are intelligent, and how giving readers choice in what they read is a huge thing.

Episode Notes
Jon Scieszka's homepage
Guys Read homepage
Battle Bunny homepage
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 This episode of the Let's Get Busy podcast is sponsored by Walden Pond Press

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Lou Anders (#LGBpodcast Ep. 199)

Lou Anders (@LouAnders), author of Nightborn; Thrones and Bones (Book 2), which is published by Crown Books for Young Readers (@randomhousekids), stops by the podcast to talk about creating an accessible, appropriate, and modern secondary world fantasy, the epic task of world-planning, and creating games to play with readers.
RPG Gamer Dad podcast - (Ep. 39) The Thrones and Bones Adventure Hour
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Friday, October 16, 2015

Julie Sternberg (#LGBpodcast Ep. 198)

Julie Sternberg (@SternbergJulie), author of Secrets Out!; The Top Secret Diary of Celie Valentine (Book 2), which is illustrated by Johanna Wright and published by Boyds Mills Press (@boydsmillspress), stops by the podcast to talk about incorporating podcasts into the general school curriculum, what results when you book's structure is fighting with the format, and the happiest time in her childhood.

Episode Notes
Julie Sternberg's homepage

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

K.A. Holt (#LGBpodcast Ep. 197)

K.A. Holt (@karianneholt), author of House Arrest, which is published by Chronicle Books (@ChronicleKids, @ChronicleBooks), returns to the podcast to talk about writing out of order, pulling all the story threads apart, and accepting help doesn't mean you're accepting weakness.

Episode Notes
KA Holt's homepage
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