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June 10, 2024

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May 30, 2024

Monarch for Curriculum Directors:

May 16, 2024

Introducing Monarch:

April 30, 2024

12 Graphic Novels that Will Inspire Readers

Did you like the book or the movie better? These scary tales are sure to give you a fright whether from the pages or on the screen!
September 28, 2021

10 Spooktacular Books that Inspired Scary Movies

Did you like the book or the movie better? These scary tales are sure to give you a fright whether from the pages or on the screen!
March 3, 2021

8 Books About Women in History

Something we all share at Alexandria is a love for books and reading, which means there’s no shortage of recommendations around here. Since Halloween is just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of fun and eerie books with options for all ages.
January 5, 2021

Best of Alexandria Blog

Something we all share at Alexandria is a love for books and reading, which means there’s no shortage of recommendations around here. Since Halloween is just around the corner, we’ve compiled a list of fun and eerie books with options for all ages.
July 31, 2019

Librarian Back-to-School Checklist

Getting the library ready involves so many things - here is a big picture checklist to help prioritize your tasks, and maybe suggest a few to add to your back-to-school routine.
July 3, 2019

Harry Potter Activities and Displays for Your Library

We are doing a GIVEAWAY of the illustrated Harry Potter books. Check out our full blog post for Harry Potter themed library activities and displays!
June 13, 2019

Storytelling Dice Activity for Kids

Teach students basic and advanced story elements using our Storytelling Dice Library Activity. We will give you FREE print outs and lesson plan ideas.
June 5, 2019

Celebrate National Audiobook Month with The Best Books!

The whole month of June is National Audiobook Month. In celebration, we've gathered audiobook suggestions for patrons young and old.
December 11, 2018

Why Makerspaces are Important Assets for the Library

Wonder why makerspaces are so important to libraries? In this article we are going to lay out all the facts of why library makerspaces are so awesome!
November 8, 2018

How to Help Students Choose Books They’ll Actually Love

Helping students choose books they’ll love requires some thought and we have some tips to help you guide students to the perfect book.
October 24, 2018

Alexandria Library Visit and Interview

We had the opportunity to sit down and speak with two Alexandria Librarian users to talk about their library and how they inspire students to read. Check out the interview!
May 23, 2018

7 Overdue Library Memes That Will Make You LOL

Check out these memes about overdue library books that will make you laugh out loud. We've also included three library display inspiration to help you sk for library books to be returned.
April 24, 2018

“Get Caught Reading” Library Bulletin Board Ideas

Ahhhh, the sweet delight of getting lost in a book! Throughout the month of May, celebrate Get Caught Reading month with these fun library bulletin board ideas.
April 19, 2018

Books and Activities for Children’s Book Week

As a librarian and media specialist, you have a role in creating readers in patrons young and old. This is a big task, and we understand that you need a lot of the tools and resources to complete this work. We’ve compiled a list of books, activities, and helpful resources so you can celebrate Children’s Book Week at your library!
April 11, 2018

How Does Your Library Lead?

Libraries are the backbone for discovery, whether your library is centered around books, mix media, technology, makerspaces, or collaborative learning.
March 1, 2018

Spring Library Activities and Lesson Plans

It can be a little chaotic planning library lessons, inventorying your collection, and managing students. But, having a lesson plan or two up your sleeve can be helpful when spring fever hits you and your students.
January 26, 2018

Read It Out Loud! Activities and Books For Your Library

It is essential to read to students aloud. Not only is reading aloud to students building language and vocabulary, but it is also sparking children’s love for reading!
January 10, 2018

Grab a Thesaurus For National Thesaurus Day!

January 18th is International Thesaurus Day! Celebrate Thesaurus Day at your library by trying out one of these books, activities, or displays.
January 5, 2018

31 Brain Teasers to Use in Your Library Lesson Plans This January!

The brain! The most important organ for it powers the human body. From controlling actions and reactions to allowing us to think, feel, and remember. Taking Descartes quote literally “I think therefore I am.” Our thoughts create our humanity and its cognitive capability is what sets us apart from other species. And just like any muscle in our body, we need to exercise our brain power regularly.
January 15, 2016

8 Highly Successful People Who Struggled Through School

Want to make billions? Driven to leave your mark on this world? Maybe the thing to do is . . . drop out of school? Of course your education is important, but how well you perform in school is not necessarily an indication of how successful you will be in […]
December 17, 2015

5 Creative Holiday Crafts for Kids (and Ad­­­­­­ults)

‘Tis the season to get creative with your kids or students! The holidays are the perfect time of year for teachers to provide opportunities for students to express their festive spirit—whether through arts and crafts, choir, performance recitals, or theater. But the joy of crafting is not just for kids . […]
December 10, 2015

7 Classic Christmas Books for Kids

The true spirit of Christmas lies in the heart and mind of a child—innocence, generosity, joy, and the unequivocal belief in the impossible.
December 3, 2015

7 Holiday Traditions In Other Cultures

The holiday season is officially upon us—you know what that means . . . Winter Break! Of course, not everyone celebrates Christmas, but did you know that not everyone who celebrates Christmas does it the same way? If you are starting to feel bored with your typical holiday traditions, feel […]
November 11, 2015

Top 5 Modern Devices We Are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is right around the corner—that special season when we get to fill up on turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. What a wonderful time of year, full of change, quiet reflection, and gratitude. For so many of us the holidays can be a time where we feel a great […]
November 5, 2015

8 Holidays You Didn’t Know Existed

If you are getting bored with the same old dull routine, it’s time to shake things up. This year add a dash of spice to your typical holiday recipe with one of these unorthodox holidays.
October 28, 2015

How to Make Book Trailers with Your Students

If you are having trouble getting your students excited to read or if you are looking for a new and innovative way for your students to give a “book report”, here’s how to put a new spin on the ol’ book report assignment.
October 13, 2015

7 Halloween-themed Lesson Plans

Kids love Halloween . . . and for a good reason. What other holiday is solely dedicated to giving out candy? All it requires is dressing up as their favorite superhero for a night and staying up way past their bedtime.
October 1, 2015

eBooks vs Print–Which Is Better?

With younger generations glomming on to every new wave of technology that floods the market, will e-readers and eBooks make print a thing of the past? In a battle of books, eBooks vs. Print, who wins? Well, let’s find out! Let the battle begin . . .
August 21, 2015

COMPanion Corporation Helps 55 Schools with 200,000 Textbooks

Earlier this month COMPanion Corporation sent a team of people to Buffalo, New York to complete a two-week barcoding project that enabled 55 schools to track 200,000 textbooks using COMPanion’s software, Textbook Tracker.
July 10, 2015

4 Librarians Who Conquered ‘Big Brother’

“As a librarian, I believe it is my duty and responsibility to speak out about any infringement to the intellectual freedom of library patrons,” said Mr. Chase. “But until today, my own government prevented me from fulfilling that duty.”
June 9, 2015

7 Children’s Books that Get Better with Age

There is something magical about children’s books–the simplicity of innocent stories, laced with poignant lessons about life and love. Everyone has that one special book. The one that still has the ability to make them laugh out loud and maybe shed a few bittersweet tears. Maybe it’s the one their […]
April 21, 2015

5 Easy Steps to Speed Up Your Inventory