Welcome to the Fisher Marlin Library Blog! This is a new venture for me this year. I hope many of you take time to read it, to post your comments, and I even hope to have students contribute to its contents.
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Mrs. Totin and I am very happy and honored to be your Fisher librarian. I have been a librarian for four years. This is the beginning of my fifth year as a librarian and at Fisher. Before this, I taught in the classroom, at 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, and PE.
For me, being a librarian is a dream come true! I get to work with students- supporting what they are learning in their classrooms, helping them connect with great books, and encouraging their lifelong love of reading and learning. I get to help parents find additional books their children can read and enjoy. I also get to work with teachers to help them find library resources they can use in their classrooms, and collaborate with them to plan research lessons and projects.
I am originally from Wisconsin, a.k.a the Badger State, the Dairy State, and Packerland! Yes, I am a lifelong Green Bay Packer fan and shareholder, and bleed green and gold during the football season. Go Pack Go! I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh- yay Titans! After teaching for quite awhile, I decided to return to college. I attended the University of North Texas in Denton- home of the Eagles, where I earned my Master's Degree in Library Science. I am now fortunate enough to hold what I consider to be the best job I've ever had.
In my spare time I love reading, cooking, and spending time with my family. I am married to my amazing husband John, who works in the restaurant business. We have a super-friendly and loving rescue dog named Jack, who is part Boxer and part Collie. (He's a Packer fan too!) We love traveling, both to see family and friends and to check out new places. We also enjoy trying new restaurants and seeing the sights in and around San Antonio.
I look forward to working and learning with you this school year!
I hope everyone had an awesome summer, full of fun and great memories! Here's to an equally super school year 2015-2016!
I got to visit Wisconsin and Illinois this summer, where I was lucky enough to spend time with my mom, my older brother and his family, and my sister and her family. I also saw lots of my other relatives and visited some friends too. The weather was beautiful and we got to spend a lot of time outside!
I did manage to read quite a few books this summer. One of my favorites was a book called "Mountain Dog" by Margarita Engle. It is one of this year's Texas Bluebonnet Award candidates and is about a boy named Tony, who is sent to live with his uncle in the mountains after his mom is sent to jail for running a dog-fighting ring. Tony's new environment is nothing like his old one and it takes time for him to adjust. His uncle is part of an organization that helps train search and rescue dogs and to conduct searches and rescues for missing people. Tony's world opens up when he becomes involved too, and he develops positive relationships with his uncle and his uncle's dog, Gabe. The story has strong themes of family, compassion, and triumph over adversity.
I have two questions for you:
What is something fun you did over the summer?
What is the title of a good book you read over the summer?
I look forward to reading your replies!
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