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The official podcast of the Massachusetts School Library Asssociation.
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The Patsy-Cast: A Conversation With a Legend!
Patsy Divver, Millis Middle School-High School Library Teacher, who was awarded the Judy Paradis Memorial Service Grant this year, talks about her beginnings in libraries, her philosophies and approach, and what she’s leaving behind for the students at her school. Anyone who has talked to Patsy knows she's a dedicated, empathetic colleague, and Ella and I had a good time talking with her. Books mentioned: Things You Save in a Fire: A Novel by Katherine Center Out of My Mind, Out of My Heart, and Blended by Sharon Draper Other Words for Home, Jasmine Warga You Should See Me in a Crown Novel by Leah Johnson With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley Fighting Words by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley When You Trap a Tiger by Tae Keller Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson Unnatural Resources by Mindy Uhrlaub
May 16, 2022
Live at the MSLA Conference, 2022
with Rachel Bouhanda.
April 08, 2022
MASS Teen Choice Book Award
Suzanne Larsen (Seekonk High School Library Media Specialist) and Barb Fecteau (Barb) lay out the stakes of the newest game in town: the MA Teen Choice Book Award. Listen up for how to get involved and get excited about this new statewide program. The MTCBA book list will be unveiled at the conference at the end of this month! We have a great discussion about the ins and outs, what to expect as we roll into April with this program, and what perspectives the work on this committee have given them. Sign up for the conference here RI Teen Book Award (Our own site is forthcoming) Ross Cannon's New Librarian Q&A (Ross is on the reading committee!) Val Diggs on Leveling Books Steve Sheinkin's newest book, Fallout Seriously... have you signed up for the conference yet?
March 16, 2022
“We’re the Only Us”: Year Two of the Virtual Conference
We talk to Alix Woznick, school librarian at Beverly Middle School, about her role as the chair of the conference committee. If you still haven't regiestered, here's the link: We mentioned a bunch of different previews for conference events to get hyped. Here are a few: Pablo Cartaya: KC Boyd: Disabled Activists and online meetings: L’anomalie by Hervé Le Tellier (The Anomaly) While I Was Away by Waka T. Brown
March 04, 2022
Discussing Dewey
MSLA's Jennifer Mason Stott, librarian at Graham & Parks School in Cambridge; Gillian Bartoo, a cataloger from CPS, and Maya Bery, librarian from Carlisle Public Schools join a conversation about the Dewey Decimal System. Relevant links: Maya's post on hacking: METIS: Sex Education on Netflix: Dress Codes: How the Laws of Fashion Made History, by Richard Thompson Ford: Finding Junie Kim, Ellen Oh:
November 20, 2021
Climate Prep Week
In sharing our conversation with Gardner, Ella and I hope to dispel some of the anxiety you might be feeling about... well... climate anxiety. But also, anxiety about scheduling something around Climate Preparedness Week, which runs annually from Sept. 24th to 30th. Gardner is a tireless advocate for this issue, and she discusses resources, programming ideas, and how climate change is, for some, still discussed as an abstract concept. With her students at Dartmouth Middle School, Gardner uses the curriculum to move past concepts into action and service. Initiatives discussed: CREW and Climate Prep Week, Climate Reality, 10 Questions for Young Changemakers, the Democratic Knowledge Project, Climate Cafes, Break Free from Plastic, Sunrise Movement, Cli-Fi, “State AG settles with New Bedford bus company over allegations of excessive idling at schools” Books discussed: How to Change Everything: A Young Human's Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other, Naomi Klein Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion (Scientists in the Field Series), Loree Griffin Burns The Wisdom of Tress, Lita Judge One Small Hop, Madelyn Rosenberg Life As We Knew It, Susan Beth Pfeffer Dry by Neal Shusterman, Jarrod Shusterman The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline Ashfall, Mike Mullin Good Neighbors, Sarah Langan Lights out in Lincoln Woods, Geoff Rodkey The Dispossessed, Ursula K. Le Guin Octavia Butler
September 20, 2021
Getting Graphic with Liza
Liza Halley is Library Teacher at Plympton Elementary School in Waltham, MA, who not only believes graphic novels are great-- but essential. In collaboration with Plympton Elementary’s visual art teachers, Liza is developing an “Art of the Comic'' class. Join us for a conversation about how literacy is-- crucially-- more than just about words on the page. Liza on Twitter: @LizaLitDiva Liza on Insta: lizahalley08 Media discussed: Shirley and Jamila Save Their Summer by Gillian Goerz Go with the Flow by Lily Williams, Karen Schneemann Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed Run: Book One (Run #1) by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, L. Fury Beowulf by Santiago García, David Rubín, Javier Olivares The Tempest by William Shakespeare Erin Hunter’s Warriors series adaptations of Clifford the Big Red Dog and The Magic Treehouse Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Margarita Engle Gareth Hinds The Flintstones by Mark Russell Howard the Duck by Chip Zdarsky Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto Yotsuba by Kiyohiko Azuma Yuzu the Pet Vet by Mingo Ito Under the Cottonwood Tree: El Susto de la Curandera by Paul Meyer, Carlos Meyer, Margaret Hardy Factory Summers by Guy DeLisle Vanni: A Family's Struggle Through the Sri Lankan Conflict by Benjamin Dix, Lindsay Pollock Agatha Christie's Poirot (ITV show) One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston How the Word is Passed by Clint Hill The Runaway Princess by Johan Troïanowski Pity Party by Kathleen Lane
September 09, 2021
Hey Barb.
In this episode, we talk to Barb Fecteau, librarian at Beverly High School. Barb is Barb. She wrote a great column in the last forum issue about one of her favorite subjects, Fun ( Ella and I had fun talking to her, too. Mentioned texts and hubub: Renee Hobbs, Virtually Viral Chernowitz! by Fran Arrick My Antonia, by Willa Cather A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi Are You My Mother? by PD Eastman Readicide, by Kelly Gallagher Beauty, by Robin McKinley Buffy the Vampire Slayer Almost American Girl, Robin Ha Dragon Hoops, Gene Luen Yang All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown, Sidney Taylor Maud Hart Lovelace
June 08, 2021
In Conversation: MSLA President Elect Jen Varney
For our debut episode, we invite MSLA President Elect Jen Varney for a conversation about her start in cataloging and academic librarianship and her move to schools in and around Boston. Jen's term begins in July. She charts her involvement in MSLA and plans for the future of the organization. Episode resources: MLSA Website  Massachusetts School Library Study: Equity and Access for Students in the Commonwealth School Libraries Are the Bedrock of Freedom from Publisher's Weekly,  May 07, 2021 Jen's email: Cambridge PS Facebook: Podcast email:
June 01, 2021