Books to celebrate holidays around the world

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By: Bethany Porter, Collections Analyst. Christmas is one of my favorite holidays. It is not, however, celebrated by everyone. I found about a dozen holidays around the world during December, January, and February that are just as exciting. Here are a few of the major ones that you can share with your classroom, children, and families,… Read more »

How to keep kids reading over winter break

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There will be no shortage of snowball fights, visitors and other fun distractions over the holiday break from school. Kids will probably try to keep up with all the attention-grabbing mayhem, and they may not take the quiet time they need to refuel and recharge. Both teachers and parents can help lay groundwork to keep… Read more »

How K-12 uses devices in the classroom

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Eighty percent of schools and districts use eBooks, audiobooks and digital textbooks in their classrooms. That’s a lot of devices to manage, and the technology is constantly changing. We wondered how students were using devices in the classroom to access that digital content. Was 1:1 most common, or BYOD? What devices are most popular? Which are… Read more »

8 ideas to create a Literacy Week at your school

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By: Elmarie Pierce, Reddam House School, South Africa. No matter where you live, one way to promote reading happiness is by organizing a Literacy Week at your library or school. Elmarie Pierce, one of OverDrive’s international school partners, shares how Reddam House School in Constantia, South Africa celebrates their Literacy Week. Library Week. Book Week…. Read more »

20 things to do in a blanket fort

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Cooler temperatures and holiday time off makes the last month of 2016 the perfect time to revisit a favorite childhood project: the blanket fort. Whether you use your dining room table, sofa cushions, high back chairs, or something more elaborate, try these 20 suggestions once settled in your fuzzy igloo. 1. Eat one last slice of pie  … Read more »