©2019 by Clare Lund, Librarian on the Loose. All views are my own. I receive no compensation for reviews.

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Have books, will travel

Welcome, fellow book lovers! I'm a K-8 school librarian and mom of two young readers. I love sharing and discussing compelling stories, and I especially enjoy connecting with the authors who wrote them. This blog is filled with book reviews and reading recommendations, resources for fellow educators, and my personal experiences as a librarian.

 

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June 7, 2019

Wow. This year was a blur. I am completely exhausted, but am so excited to work on collection weeding, ordering, and reorganizing this summer (more on that later!) -- and to start next school year with a clearer vision for this no-longer-new position. I’m also so grate...

April 22, 2019

Hi everyone! It has been a few months since I’ve written an entry… yeah. I feel like this year has finally caught up with me being in a new position and trying to reorganize and revamp programs in two school libraries. I feel like it was just winter break, and I blinke...

January 27, 2019

Along with my fellow book lovers across the country, I CANNOT WAIT to hear which titles will be named tomorrow by the American Library Association as the most distinguished stories for kids and teens of 2018. This has been my first year as a full-time K-8 librarian; wh...

January 20, 2019

As many of us across the country enjoy a day off of work and school tomorrow, I'd like to share my three current favorite books about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for young readers.

I Have A Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, illustrations by Kadir Nelson

This stunning p...

January 3, 2019

Happy new year! Chicago and the area suburbs have a wide range of incredible authors coming to visit - here are a few of the events I'm most looking forward to:

Samira Ahmed

Love, Hate, and Other Filters (ages 14 and up)

Tuesday, January 8 @ 6:30pm

American Writer's Museum...

January 1, 2019

I always get nostalgic at the end of December, reflecting back on the past twelve months and planning for the new year ahead. 2018 held a surprising career change for me -- I was lucky enough to be able to stay in the school district that I love, but was given the chan...

November 24, 2018

This Thanksgiving weekend, I am thankful for many things -- my wonderful family, my supportive school community, and of course, BOOKS! I’ve read so many good books lately, and I can’t place orders for my school libraries quickly enough. Here are a few of my favorite re...

November 4, 2018

I spent the past three days at the Association of Illinois School Library Educators Conference in Tinley Park, and I am so inspired and excited to head back to work tomorrow with this experience in mind! Here are a few highlights:

Kathleen March and Beth Van Curine from...

September 26, 2018

Well... wow. We've been back at school for a little over a month now, and it's honestly taken me that long to find my footing in this new position! The biggest adjustment has been going back and forth between schools, and overseeing projects and budgets for two differe...

August 13, 2018

Since becoming a parent, I especially appreciate a rare night alone out of the house - and one of my favorite things to do is hear an author speak and get an autographed book. When it comes to meeting authors, I'm truly spoiled by having a local independent bookstore l...

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