Off-the-Shelf Library Services  


Doing the Dewey                   

How to use the Dewey Decimal System to find books in the nonfiction section of a library. 
Includes a survey of the variety of nonfiction books available.


Reference Tools: How To Use Them How, when and why students should use almanacs, atlases, biographical dictionaries, encyclopedia, and fact books in print and on-line.


Which Search Engine To Use When

Survey of the various search engines available on the internet, how to use each one, and why some search engines are better than others.


When Is the Internet My Last Resort?

How to set a research strategy to help determine the best resources available to find your information.

Now I Have the Information, What Do I Do With It?

How to define research questions, take notes, organize information, and prepare a presentation using traditional or computer based tools.


"T'ain't Necessarily So!"

How to evaluate the information you’ve found and decide if it is worthwhile, relevant, and reliable.

Presentation, Presentation,

A survey of different types of presentations: oral, written, research paper, powerpoint.

World Folk and Fairy Tales
Survey of various folk and fairy tales comparing settings, characters, and plots. Can be organized around any theme.

Calling All Caldecotts
Survey of Caldecott Medal
books, styles of illustration, and famous illustrators.

Know Your Newberys
Survey of Newbery Medal books comparing theme, setting, characterization, plot, and use of language. Introduction to Newbery winning authors.

Poetry Potpourri
Introduction to types of poetry. Program is dependent on grade level and curriculum needs.

Literary Genres: All Types of Reading For All Types of Readers
Survey of the different genres of fiction: mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction.

Who's Your Hero? Epics and Legends
Survey of famous epics and legends including stories about King Arthur, Robin Hood, Odysseus, Beowulf, Hercules, and other epic heroes from world literature.

       In addition, Off-the-Shelf can design custom programs to provide literature or research based activities for units on the community, California history, ancient civilizations, ecology, history and geography, or any other part of your curriculum. Other programs that can be tailored to fit your needs are literature for various holidays, tales from Shakespeare, history or geography units, community helpers, science programs, math in literature, and seasonal units. I will be happy to work with you to determine the library programs that will best enhance your curriculum.


Off-the-Shelf can also provide essential library services such as ordering books and materials, cataloging, designing and organizing your library space, helping you develop a collection development plan, budgeting, computerizing your collection, and evaluating your library program. These services are not meant to supplant the need for a qualified librarian, but are offered on a short term project by project basis until a librarian can be hired. I am available to help you determine your individual library needs and help you meet them.

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