Monday, October 12, 2015

I am having an amazing time at ITEC today.  So looking forward to bringing back some of the information that I have learned to our CCA Clipper family!
Jen Panther
Clear Creek Amana Middle School
Teacher Librarian
"Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself"
~ John Dewey

Monday, August 24, 2015


This summer a book was published that has the literary world divided. Why is this book so divisive?  Many believe that the author never intended for the book to be published and is not in her right mind to give permission for its release.  Others say that the book was long overdue and it helps to answer questions that they may have regarding her highly acclaimed first work.   Does anyone know the author and the title of the two books that have now been published under her name is called?

Log on to Schoology, look under the "Library Information" folder and give me your answer of the discussion board posted there.  The first person to correctly guess the answer will receive a prize.  Keep in mind that Schoology time stamps discussion boards so we know when the answers are posted.  I will be judging the "first person" on the time stamp found.



OK, so the summer got away from me and I haven't blogged as much as I had originally planned.  To that I am sorry.  Even though you will not see my friendly face in the library that much this year, I guarantee you that I still want to know what you are reading and what you think we need to continue to bring in to the library.  Please remember that our space is limited this coming school year and we may not be bringing in as many books as we have in the past.  Please me understanding during this massive year of flexibility.

Also, please know that my blog can be accessed through Schoology in the "Library Information" folder.  I am placing the link to Schoology here for our "Clipper News: 2015-2016" course.  You should have all received an access code for this course, or will be getting one soon.

In the meantime, please continue to check my blog for library updates as well as the Schoology page.  I cannot wait to see all of you and meet our new batch of 6th graders!  Let's make this a year to remember!!!!

Mrs. Panther

Clipper News: 2015-2016

Thursday, May 14, 2015


Thank you for finally bringing recognition to a job that I love.  Libraries are way more than books.  We are a connection between the classroom and additional resources.  Teachers need to utilize your librarians as much as possible.  We may just find ways to enhance your planned project!  Long live librarians.

Libraries help with testing achievement.

Thursday, February 19, 2015


Our book fair is arriving on Friday, February 20th.  Please join us either before or after school, or better yet, before or after you PLP.  Parents love to reward great conferences and good grades.  Why not also help your school raise money to bring in more new and exciting books for your library.

If you are unable to make it into the book fair, please visit our online fair.  Up to 50% of purchases, either made at school or online, come back to the library for the purchase of new books.


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

ALA (American Library Association) Book Awards

Man, I told you this time of year is a librarian's DREAM!!!  More major awards were announced this week at the ALA MidWinter Conference held recently in Chicago!  I am currently in the process of reviewing the list and will be placing a small order of some of the more recognizable awards, hopefully by the end of the week.  If I can find some book trailers to go along with them, I will be posting them here!


What a great day!  I had the privilege to spend time in the 6th and 7th grade Reading/Language Arts classrooms today.  Our students are so lucky to have the support of so many that allow for me to bring in new and exciting titles for them to read.

Recently the nominees for the IASL nominees for Teen and High School literature were announced. Today was all about highlighting the nominees and generated reading interest for the nominated titles.  There are several high quality nominees this year.  Some of my favorites include: "Counting by 7's by Holly Goldberg Sloan, "The Impossible Knife of Memory" by Laurie Halse Anderson (man this lady can write), and "Doctor Sleep: A Novel" by Stephen King (when you want a good suspenseful book).

Check out my presentation below, and as always, let me know if you have any questions OR if you have a book we should investigate.

IASL Book Talk 2015 Presentation

Keep checking back to see what other new additions are coming into the library.  Also, check back soon for my review of, wait for it, a Nicholas Sparks novel titled "The Longest Ride".  I cannot believe that I am admitting to reading a Nicholas Sparks book!!!!