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Liz Phipps-Soeiro
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Channeling Anger Into Recs That Aid In Critical Conversations
Good lord, folks. I have been putting some books to good use in the library the last two weeks, that's for damn sure. Information and conversation with the kids are critical.  I will save you from my rant and start with ONE book recommendation for now. More...

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"Windows and Mirrors" Catalog
I have been writing endlessly and yet, where the hell are the blogposts? There is so much- SO MUCH. Fine Dessert, Large Fears, never MIND the "recall" of George Washington's Birthday and all the racial implications there... I have so much to say, too much t...

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In the News: Visual Representation is Important! Books in the Face of Trump
First- sorry, you guys. I have been negligent- nay, I have abandoned you this fall. There were like 1000 articles and books that I wanted to post, but I didn't and then that backlog was overwhelming. So, starting fresh, dealing with TODAY's issue: DONALD TR...

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Hispanic Heritage Month
September 15- October 15 is Hispanic Heritage month. Here is a list of websites, books, authors and illustrators for the elementary set. By no means is this an exhaustive list, but it is certainly a start. Celebrate! Websites Latinas For Latino Lit, L4LL ht...

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Creating Community Connections
 This summer, I had the great opportunity of being the keynote at New Hampshire School Library Media Association  's Library Camp. The theme of the conference was, "Creating Community Connections." Below is a partial transcript of my speech. Phipps Soeiro, ...

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Summer Slide, Not the Kind at the Playground
Summer evokes fun and relaxation for some students, but it can be an extremely critical and anxious time for many others. This is the time of year you may hear a lot about "summer slide".  When we give serious issues alliterative titles, I think it devalues...

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Mirrors
I have been a loathsome blogger this winter. Seeing how I live in New England, I feel I have every right to blame the snow. We had 8 feet of the stuff, down right stifling figuratively and literally.  But, I am back with daffodils and crocuses... I've writt...

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In the News: Questioning the Appropriateness of Books in the School Curriculum
The ALA Youth Media Awards were announced last week and librarians came through loud and clear,  that indeed, we need diverse books. The continued disenfranchisement of diverse perspectives that is rampant in the publishing and writing worlds will not immed...

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In the News: The Grand Mosque of Paris
This morning, I read the words of Tariq Ramadan in regards to the horrible attacks in France and the following protests in Paris, "Demonstrating for dignity, for freedom, against terror. Yes, a thousand times yes! And yet ... marching with whom? Difficult t...

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Lists, Lists, Lists- It's 2015!
Before I get to the lovely lists, I want to share some (more) anecdotal evidence that books really do aid in conversation and understanding. I read aloud Duncan Tonatiuh's, "Seperate Is Never Equal" to five 3rd graders the day before Winter Break. We got co...
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