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Naomi Bates
Attended Sam Houston State University
Lives in North Texas
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My Summer Reading List - What are You Reading?
June, July, August.  Three months equal 12 weeks equal....how many books could I possibly read this summer?  Here are my top 10 books I AM going to read and some bonus titles I may get to. 1.Dead Wake by Erik Larson  non-fiction, adult 2. Everything Everyth...
June, July, August. Three months equal 12 weeks equal....how many books could I possibly read this summer? Here are my top 10 books I AM going to read and some bonus titles I may get to. 1.Dead Wake by Erik Larson ...
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Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
HarperTeen, 2016 Dinah has been called to the Great Hall to meet with her father. It isn't something she relishes at all. She gets dressed in her silks with adorning red hearts everything, along with her crown of rubies and makes her way through the Cards ...
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Two Fab Fantasy Fiction for YA: Novice by Taran Matharu and Mark of the Thief by Jennifer Nielsen*
I have a teen in the library who is a full-on fantasy reader (and this number seems to grow larger every year!). I have just about gone through EVERY BOOK in the fantasy section with him and thought I was at a loss until....I remembered I had two at home

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A Buzzfeed type library orientation!!
Freshmen library orientation, if anything else, should be straight up interesting. First impressions are the best (and most lasting) ones, so it is up to us to create relationships day one of meeting the first freshmen class...
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100 Useful Websites for Educators and Students
There are so many websites out there, it's sometimes difficult to run the gauntlet and not get hit with websites you weren't expecting or even dead links.  I know I've blogged and tweeted many websites I liked over the years and it didn't occur to me to mak...
There are so many websites out there, it's sometimes difficult to run the gauntlet and not get hit with websites you weren't expecting or even dead links. I know I've blogged and tweeted many websites I liked over the years ...
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Book Trailer: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
We have an amazing booklist for freshmen to choose from and this is one of the titles! I made one YEARS ago and decided to revamp. Here's the new trailer for an older YA book (didn't even know I was reading dystopia at the time!) If you can't access Youtu...
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New booktrailer for an older but amazingt YA science fiction dystopia! The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson
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It's the final countdown! Another school year in the books (well, nearly...). Why does it seem like the beginning and end of the year are the most frantic times? 100 million things to do, and not enough time. Here are ten thi...
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I am a high school teacher librarian at Northwest High School, Northwest ISD in Justin Texas.  I have been an educator for 25 year, with thirteen years of experience in the classroom as a secondary English and speech communications teacher.  I received my masters in Library Science from Sam Houston State University in 2003. 

I am passionate about the importance of school libraries and the impact they have on education. School libraries today are leading not only in educational technology but also continuing to influence the importance and love of reading. Librarians and the library are evolving at a fast pace, which makes who we are and what we can accomplish valuable to
our schools and communities. We must embrace this change to continue to impact perspectives about who and what librarians are.  

The roles of my position provide me the opportunity of professional participation in the Texas Library Association and TCEA, where I've held leadership positions in both organizations.     

I have blogged (Young Adults Books and More) since 2008 on young adult books, educational web tools, book trailers, and other tools, sites, and information relevant to school libraries and the classroom.  I am also active on Twitter (@yabooksandmore) and created #readYAlit chat as well as being a founding member of #txlchat.

 
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I've presented on the shifting roles of school librarians as well as educational technology and young adult books at the state and national levels for public,school and private school librarians as well as internationally, keynoting the South African School Librarians Conference in 2014. I was selected as one of five librarians for the SLJ/Cengage Emerging Leaders, received the TCEA Media Specialist award of the year for the state of Texas, and received the TxLA award for my blog as well as the TALL Texans Standing Tall award for leadership. I've presented throughout the state of Texas, conducting technology and media workshops for librarians and teachers. I've also been asked to present at several state librarian conferences and presented to public librarians in Arizona, Chicago, and public and school librarians in California. I'm actively involved in Texas Library Association, one of the largest library associations in the country. I've served on the TAYSHAS comittee to select best YA books for the state; served as chair of Texas Association of School Librarians, the largest division of TLA, and now serve as part of TLA's communications committee and am currently a cmember for the executive board of TLA.. I have presented on local, district, regional, state, and national levels bringing book trailer creation to the forefront of librarian tools for readers of all ages, how to integrate webtools, advocacy, and best YA novels. I've been published in ALA's KnowledgeQuest and in Library Media Connections. I'm a listserv junkie and love scouting and using new technology as well as finding amazing books for YA. I collaborate and interact with librarians across the country, and know we are all in this together, big or small :)
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  • Sam Houston State University
    Masters in Library Science
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