Library Centers

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<h1 style="text-align: center;"><span style="color: #333333;">Ideas for Library Learning Centers</span></h1> <h3 style="text-align: center;">Welcome to the <strong><a href="http://ljune.edublogs.org/" target="_blank">Learning Librarian</a></strong> blog!</h3> At the top of any list involving library centers, I have to put Cari Young's <a title="Library Learners blog" href="http://librarylearners.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Library Learners</strong></a> blog!  No matter what combination of search terms I use when looking for center ideas, Google consistently returns this blog on the first page of results!  I have been following Cari's blog for awhile now, and it has been a real source of inspiration for me. <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="../../files/2013/03/Library-Learners-Logo-29c1aat.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-full wp-image-2187" src="../../files/2013/03/Library-Learners-Logo-29c1aat.jpg" alt="Library Learners Logo" width="447" height="65" /></a></p> <p style="text-align: left;">Here are her <a title="Tips for Getting Started with Library Centers" href="http://librarylearners.com/getting-started/" target="_blank"><strong>tips for getting started</strong></a>, and information about her book <strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1602130566/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1602130566&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;linkId=34W2E6QB757OURSL">The Centered School Library: Engaging Every Learner with Library Skills Centers</a><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1602130566" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /></strong>.</p> <h3 style="text-align: center;">* * * * * * * * * *</h3> Below you will find a categorized list of suggestions for library centers.  I have to thank the awesome <a href="http://tlelem.wikispaces.com/" target="_blank"><strong>#TLElem Group</strong></a> on Twitter for contributing many of the ideas you see here, and I have credited each contributor with his/her Twitter handle.  If you have an idea you'd like to share, please contact me so I can add it to the list!  You can tweet me <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">@LibraryLoriJune</a></strong> or email me at <strong>lori.june @ sumterschools.net</strong> If you would like your idea credited with a link to your blog or library website rather than (or in addition to) your Twitter profile, please let me know.  And if you have additional details or photos for an idea that's listed here, I'd love to include them as well! <span style="color: #d82747;"><strong>Note:  Take a few minutes to post the correlating <a href="http://www.ala.org/aasl/guidelinesandstandards/learningstandards/standards" target="_blank">AASL Standards</a> and/or <a href="http://www.corestandards.org/" target="_blank">CCSS Standards</a> at your learning centers.  Teachers and administrators WILL notice and appreciate it!</strong></span> <h3>General Learning Center Advice</h3> From <a title="Mrs. Lodge's Library website" href="http://www.mrs-lodges-library.com/centers/" target="_blank"><strong>Mrs. Lodge's Library</strong></a>: Her collection of <a title="Mrs. Lodge's Library Centers" href="http://www.mrs-lodges-library.com/centers/" target="_blank"><strong>Library Centers</strong></a>, complete with photos and instructions for setting them up. (<a title="Mrs. Lodge on Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/MrsLodge" target="_blank">@MrsLodge</a>) From the <a href="http://elementarylibrarian.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Elementary Librarian</strong></a> blog:  <a href="http://elementarylibrarian.com/how-i-use-library-stations/" target="_blank"><strong>How I Use Library Stations</strong></a>  (<a href="https://twitter.com/Elem_Librarian" target="_blank">@Elem_Librarian</a>) From Carolyn's <a href="http://www.riskingfailure.blogspot.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Risking Failure</strong></a> blog: <a href="http://www.riskingfailure.blogspot.com/2013/03/library-center-debrief.html" target="_blank"><strong>Library Center Debrief</strong></a> sharing from the presentation she gave at the Potomac VaASL Spring Regional Conference describing how and why she uses learning centers in her library (<a href="https://twitter.com/carolynvibbert" target="_blank">@carolynvibbert</a>) <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "thvifrhe0f-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "755c317d9251b5ea15fc4fb9e7f2c2cc"; amzn_assoc_asins = "0838934706,1602130639,1555706479,1598849891"; </script> <script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> <h3>Computer Centers</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://en.educaplay.com/" target="_blank"><strong>EducaPlay</strong></a> allows you to create your own interactive online resources, or use activities that have been created by other users, such as this <a href="http://en.educaplay.com/en/learningresources/768160/read_these_pairs_of_advertising_slogans_and_say_which_computer_element_they_refer_to_.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Parts of a Computer Quiz</strong></a> or this <a href="http://en.educaplay.com/en/learningresources/561894/technology_terms.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Technology Terms Crossword Puzzle</strong></a>.</li> <li>A book trailer center where students use QR codes and watch book trailers  (<a href="https://twitter.com/ReadKennedyRead" target="_blank">@ReadKennedyRead</a>)</li> <li><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2012/09/brainpop1-2k6091u.png"><img class="alignnone wp-image-983" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2012/09/brainpop1-2k6091u-150x150.png" alt="" width="115" height="115" /></a>Weekly <a href="http://www.brainpop.com/" target="_blank"><strong>BrainPop</strong></a> extension activities to go along with our lessons.  [Note: <a href="http://www.brainpopjr.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Brain Pop Jr</strong></a>. is available free in S.C. through <a href="http://scdiscus.org/" target="_blank"><strong>DISCUS</strong></a>]  (<a href="https://twitter.com/laurolib" target="_blank">@laurolib</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://www.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/customer_login.asp" target="_blank"><strong>Tumblebooks</strong></a> [a subscription-based animated book site]  (@<a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">LibraryLoriJune</a>)</li> <li> If you don't have a subscription to Tumblebooks, you can use their new FREE <a title="Tumblebook of the Day" href="http://daily.tumblebooks.com/" target="_blank"><strong>TumbleBook-Of-The-Day</strong> </a>feature!  (@<a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">LibraryLoriJune</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://www.google.com/earth/index.html" target="_blank"><strong>Google Earth</strong></a>  (<a href="https://twitter.com/jluss" target="_blank">@jluss</a>)</li> <li>Research center where students can research their own topics using online encyclopedias/databases.  (<a href="https://twitter.com/ReadKennedyRead" target="_blank">@ReadKennedyRead</a>)</li> <li><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/images-11bb792.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2944" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/images-11bb792-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a> Create<a href="http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetry/jean_home.htm" target="_blank"><strong> I Spy Poetry</strong></a> online  (<a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">@LibraryLoriJune</a>)</li> <li>Use <a href="http://wordle.net" target="_blank"><strong>Wordle</strong></a> to create seasonal "poems"  (<a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">@LibraryLoriJune</a>)</li> <li> Allow students to explore <a href="http://streaming.discoveryeducation.com/" target="_blank"><strong>United Streaming</strong></a>  (<a href="https://twitter.com/cktechtl" target="_blank">@cktechtl</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://www.bitstripsforschools.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Bitstrips for Schools</strong></a> Comic Creator  (@<a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">LibraryLoriJune</a>)</li> <li><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/1111-1qeaz5q.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2947" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/1111-1qeaz5q-150x128.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="128" /></a>  Online interactive magnetic poetry from <a href="http://www.shadowpoetry.com/magnet.html" target="_blank"><strong>Shadow Poetry</strong></a>  (<a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">@LibraryLoriJune</a>)</li> <li>Create Reading Responses using <a href="http://voicethread.com" target="_blank"><strong>VoiceThread</strong></a>, like <a href="http://reederama.blogspot.com/2012/04/dont-take-it-from-me-take-it-from-these.html" target="_blank"><strong>this one</strong></a>  (<a href="https://twitter.com/libraryreeder" target="_blank">@libraryreeder</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://64.53.34.32/quest/servlet/presentquestform.do?site=104&amp;alreadyValidated=true" target="_blank"><strong>Destiny Quest</strong></a> for schools using Destiny Circulation/Cataloging Software  (<a href="https://twitter.com/ccls531" target="_blank">@ccls531</a>)</li> </ul> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "thvifrhe0f-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_asins = "1633220508,B00JEH6XMO,1138902969,1465439358,1465451420"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "e2ae820482213cfe3f9db1a5859b8266"; </script> <script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> <h3>Interactive Whiteboard</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://ade.sumterschools.net/site_res_view_folder.aspx?id=a3432bbe-ea0f-46d5-9fd8-3021305cee1b" target="_blank"><strong>Book-related flipcharts</strong></a> for the Promethean board  (<a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">@LibraryLoriJune</a>)</li> <li><strong><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/abcya_512-500x500-14a8kw9.png"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2948" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/abcya_512-500x500-14a8kw9-150x150.png" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>ABCYa!</strong> website works nicely on IWBs  (<a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">@LibraryLoriJune</a>)</li> </ul> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "thvifrhe0f-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B00D3W3220,0545599180,B00X93M0S0,1425807798"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "6c80522bc7fd49fb7f683c8aed0b6afc"; </script> <script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> <h3>Writing and Drawing Centers</h3> <ul> <li>Corbett Harrison specializes in Writing activities, and many of his plans could work in a library center.  I like this <a href="http://corbettharrison.com/Metaphor-week.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Metaphor of the Week</strong></a> idea.  Also take a look at the <a href="http://writingfix.com/firsttimevisitor.htm" target="_blank"><strong>Writing Fix</strong></a> website, which is the "home of interactive writing prompts."</li> <li><a href="http://www.elementary-teacher-resources.com/" target="_blank"><strong>Elementary Teacher Resources</strong></a> has some suggestions for <a href="http://www.elementary-teacher-resources.com/literacy-centers.html" target="_blank"><strong>Literacy Centers</strong></a>.  Although they are for classrooms rather than libraries, many can be adapted.  For example, this <a href="http://www.elementary-teacher-resources.com/character-sketch.html" target="_blank"><strong>Character Sketch</strong></a> center has students creating a drawing of a book character including traits such as what the character might think or say and where the character lives.</li> <li><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/images-11bbgzd.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2950" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/images-11bbgzd-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>Bookmark Creation Station where students use provided materials to create bookmarks.  (<a href="https://twitter.com/Okle_Miller" target="_blank">@Okle_Miller</a>)</li> <li>Poster Creation Station where students use provided materials to create a book poster; for example, for state book award nominees.  (<a href="https://twitter.com/JuleeMurphy" target="_blank">@JuleeMurphy</a>)</li> <li>Shelf Talker Creation Station  (<a href="https://twitter.com/LibraryLoriJune" target="_blank">@LibraryLoriJune</a>)</li> <li><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/Teacher-Twitter-Reviews-1dp3zmw.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2949" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/Teacher-Twitter-Reviews-1dp3zmw-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>Twitter Tweet Board where kids post paper "tweets" about books.  (<a href="https://twitter.com/JuleeMurphy" target="_blank">@JuleeMurphy</a>)</li> <li><a href="http://heslibrarymediacenter.blogspot.com/p/have-i-got-book-for-you.html" target="_blank"><strong>Book Review Creation Station</strong></a> where students fill out a form to recommend a book.  (<a href="https://twitter.com/libraryjo92" target="_blank">@libraryjo92</a>)</li> <li>Art center where students examine - and create their own interpretations of - famous works of art  (<a href="https://twitter.com/JuleeMurphy" target="_blank">@JuleeMurphy</a>)</li> <li>Drawing center stocked with pencils, paper, and some <strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=drawing%20books%20for%20kids&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Adrawing%20books%20for%20kids&amp;tag=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks" target="_blank">"How To Draw" books</a></strong><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" />  (<a title="Melissa White on Twitter" href="https://twitter.com/melissajkwhite" target="_blank"><strong>@melissajkwhite</strong></a>)</li> </ul> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "thvifrhe0f-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_asins = "0544319591,015206432X,1452152098,8415241348"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "9c78b315f5f0430955d6884d9bb1eb21"; </script> <script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> <h3>Hands-On Centers</h3> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.librarygames.com/fun-stuff/games/" target="_blank"><strong>Library Games</strong> </a>(slogan: Making Libraries Fun!) has some ideas that can be incorporated into student centers.</li> <li><a href="http://www.lamar.k12.mo.us/eastwestlmc.html" target="_blank"><strong>Mrs. Simmons</strong></a> has a year-long plan for each grade level she serves (K-5th), and some of her lessons can be used in learning centers.  Scroll to the bottom of the page for links to each grade level.</li> <li> <a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/book-care-match-game-27tttsx.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2954" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/book-care-match-game-27tttsx-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a> A lesson on <a href="http://www.iccsd.k12.ia.us/library/Curriculum/Lessons/BookCare/L-BookCare-K-1.pdf" target="_blank"><strong>Book Care</strong></a> that could become a center after being used in a whole class activity.</li> <li><a href="http://www.thetoymaker.com/2Toys.html" target="_blank"><strong>Paper Toys</strong></a> from <a href="http://www.thetoymaker.com/" target="_blank"><strong>the Toymaker</strong></a> features printable paper toys kids can assemble, including fairy tale characters, koi kites, finger puppets, mini books, and more.</li> <li>Glue the large  green LEGO <a href="http://amzn.to/2i0eoZf">Building Plates</a><strong><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="http://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B00000JIVS" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> </strong>to a wall; have <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=lego%20bricks&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=n%3A165793011%2Ck%3Alego%20bricks&amp;tag=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Dtoys-and-games" target="_blank">Lego blocks</a><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> bins below.  (<a href="https://twitter.com/Cfwilkerson" target="_blank">@Cfwilkerson</a>)</li> <li>Spy Code Puzzles  (<a href="https://twitter.com/JuleeMurphy" target="_blank">@JuleeMurphy</a>)</li> <li><strong><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/origami-monstetr-bookmarks-1q2r2bo.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2953" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/origami-monstetr-bookmarks-1q2r2bo-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://www.ctbakerintheacres.com/2012/02/14-lovely-days-day-2.html" target="_blank">Origami Monster Bookmarks</a></strong>  (<a href="https://twitter.com/cktechtl" target="_blank">@cktechtl</a>)</li> <li>Shelving and Dewey Activities  (<a href="https://twitter.com/Cfwilkerson" target="_blank">@Cfwilkerson</a>)</li> <li>Whisperphones  (<a href="https://twitter.com/carolynvibbert" target="_blank">@carolynvibbert</a>)</li> <li>Popsicle stick book cover puzzles  (<a href="https://twitter.com/cktechtl" target="_blank">@cktechtl</a>)</li> <li><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/i-spy-diy-2jy8shz.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2955" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/i-spy-diy-2jy8shz-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a> I Spy Center and then have items to recreate your own I Spy Challenge  (<a href="https://twitter.com/JuleeMurphy" target="_blank">@JuleeMurphy</a>)</li> <li>“Create Your Own Eric Carle Inspired Art” with glue and tissue paper for students to use to create a picture of a flower, or sunshine, or anything!  This would work for other illustrator-inspired art, too.  (<a href="https://twitter.com/librarygoddess" target="_blank">@librarygoddess</a>)</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;keywords=flannel%20board%20story%20sets&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;qid=1402926610&amp;rh=n%3A166356011%2Ck%3Aflannel%20board%20story%20sets&amp;rnid=2941120011&amp;tag=thvifrhe0f-20" target="_blank">Flannel board</a></strong><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> center based on a familiar story  (<a href="https://twitter.com/librarygoddess" target="_blank">@librarygoddess</a>)</li> </ul> <script type="text/javascript"> amzn_assoc_placement = "adunit0"; amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "thvifrhe0f-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "6be30a0a84cf3b6cd38ca89be7f8916a"; amzn_assoc_asins = "0486272982,1465453024,1624142818,B00JFKL5WS"; </script> <script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> <h3>Curriculum Tie-In</h3> <ul> <ul> <li>A plant center with mostly succulents. Students may take a small piece and transplant it to their home garden.   (<a href="https://twitter.com/JuleeMurphy" target="_blank">@JuleeMurphy</a>)</li> <li>Estimation Station: Fill a jar with one inch cubes. Students use strategies to make their best estimation for the number.  (<a href="https://twitter.com/JuleeMurphy" target="_blank">@JuleeMurphy</a>)</li> <li><strong><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/magnetic-poetry-5-300x225-1uackxc.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2957" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/magnetic-poetry-5-300x225-1uackxc-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=magnetic%20poetry%20for%20kids&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=n%3A165793011%2Ck%3Amagnetic%20poetry%20for%20kids&amp;tag=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Dtoys-and-games" target="_blank">Magnetic Poetry</a></strong><img style="border: none !important; margin: 0px !important;" src="https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;l=ur2&amp;o=1" alt="" width="1" height="1" border="0" /> center  (<a href="https://twitter.com/Okle_Miller" target="_blank">@Okle_Miller</a>)</li> <li>Book Spine Poetry creation center  (<a href="https://twitter.com/libraryreeder" target="_blank">@libraryreeder</a>)</li> <li><strong><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/lego-poetry-blocks-11omdbj.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2958" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/lego-poetry-blocks-11omdbj-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a> <a href="http://mayabery.weebly.com/1/post/2013/03/activity-centers-2-poetry-blocks.html" target="_blank">Poetry Blocks</a></strong> made with Legos  (<a href="https://twitter.com/booksandqi" target="_blank">@booksandqi</a>)</li> <li>Counting Bills and Coins Math App for iPods  (<a href="https://twitter.com/libraryjo92" target="_blank">@libraryjo92</a>)</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=tadpole%20habitat&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Atadpole%20habitat&amp;sprefix=tadpole%2Ctoys-and-games%2C151&amp;tag=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Daps" target="_blank">Tadpole Observation Station</a></strong><img style="border: none !important; 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amzn_assoc_search_bar = "true"; amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "thvifrhe0f-20"; amzn_assoc_ad_mode = "manual"; amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; amzn_assoc_marketplace = "amazon"; amzn_assoc_region = "US"; amzn_assoc_title = "My Amazon Picks"; amzn_assoc_asins = "B00XU59UZS,B00000ISC5,B0168OVK32,0545703301"; amzn_assoc_linkid = "88cc80a62da9c058d88900832768a537"; </script> <script src="//z-na.amazon-adsystem.com/widgets/onejs?MarketPlace=US"></script> <h3>Reading-Related Centers</h3> <ul> <ul> <ul> <li>Have book reviews centered around a theme available for students to read.  (<a href="https://twitter.com/librarianmissk" target="_blank">@librarianmissk</a>)</li> <li><a href="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/bookbuddies-2di5ida.jpg"><img class="alignnone size-thumbnail wp-image-2962" src="https://ljune.edublogs.org/files/2013/03/bookbuddies-2di5ida-150x150.jpg" alt="" width="150" height="150" /></a>  Book Buddy Reading  (<a href="https://twitter.com/MrsLodge" target="_blank">@MrsLodge</a>)</li> <li><strong><a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;field-keywords=teaching%20genre&amp;linkCode=ur2&amp;rh=n%3A283155%2Ck%3Ateaching%20genre&amp;tag=thvifrhe0f-20&amp;url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks" target="_blank">Genre Sorting</a><img style="border: none !important; 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