McLure: 72 Hour Laptop and Chromebooks!

A lot of new changes are coming to the McLure, like our new 72-hour check out policy for our Dell laptops and Chromebooks!

Here are a few tips to make checkout fast and easy!

  1. Bring your ACT card (we can not use just your CWID)
  2. Read the laptop borrowing agreement carefully
  3. Be patient while the McLure staff checks the laptop and the accessories
  4. You will then be issued a 72-hour laptop!

Tips to avoid late fees:

  1. Never leave the laptop unattended (if stolen or lost the lost fee will be accredited to your account)
  2. Take care of the laptop and its accessories
  3. Return the laptop to the library (McLure) that you checked it out from!
  4.  Bring it back on the due date or before

April is Autism Awareness Month!

Facts about Autism

  • Autism spectrum Disorder also known as ASD is a developmental disability that can cause social, communication, and behavioral challenges.
  1. Autism now affects approximately 1 in 68 children.
  2. Boys are nearly five times more likely to have autism, about 1 in 42.
  3. There is no cure, however with early intervention symptoms can greatly improve.
  4. Autism is one of the fastest growing developmental disorders.

In helping to raise awareness we would like to feature some of the great resources we have available at McLure Education Library!

100 Ideas for Supporting Pupils on the Autistic Spectrum

100 ideas


Developing College Skills in Students with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome

Developing college skills


The New Social Story Book



The Social Skills Picture Book


Ian’s Walk


Carly’s Voice



Please check out our Curriculum Materials area for sensory manipulatives!


The Mystery Box

The mystery box

Gears Galore



 Coming Soon!!!!!

Sensory Balls

sensory balls


For additional resources please visit:


Special thanks to The University of Alabama Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic.  I cannot say enough wonderful things about this clinic and the services they provide.


Content created by:  Kristy Justice






Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


 dr-seuss  Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as our beloved Dr. Seuss, was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. Due to his mother’s , Henrietta Seuss Geisel, rhyming Lullabies,Dr. Suess often credits her for his ability to create imaginative rhymes. The influence of Ted’s memories of Springfield is shown throughout his work. Drawings of Horton the Elephant meandering along streams in the Jungle of Nool, for example, mirror the watercourses in Springfield’s Forest Park. Ted’s first children’s book, And To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street, was inspired by incredible things in Springfield, including a look-alike of Mayor Fordis Parker, and police officers riding red motorcycles down a busy street. The Cat in the Hat, perhaps the defining book of Ted’s career, was ultimately a challenge for Dr. Seuss set by  Houghton Mifflin. The challenge was, Dr. Seuss needed to write a children’s written and illustrated book with 225 “new-reader” vocabulary words. Best to say, Dr. Seuss took on the challenge and created one of his most influential children’s book that has ever been produced.  At the time of his death on September 24, 1991, Ted had written and illustrated 44 children’s books, including  all-time favorites as: Green Eggs and Ham, Oh, the Places You’ll Go, Fox in Socks, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas. His books have been translated into more than 15 languages. Over 200 million copies have found their way into tiny hands of future generations and the books continues to be a stronghold in children’s literature for a long time.

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Dr. Seuss, in his classic book Happy Birthday to You reminds us that birthdays are meant to be celebrated!  At least they are in Katroo!   The Birthday Honk Honker gives the “hi-sign-and shake just for you”. Let the birthday adventure begin! This includes eating whatever you like, such as hotdogs with lots of mustard.  It’s also a day of entertainment, like being pulled through the air by “funicular goats”and have special  parties to celebrate with friends and family!

Suggested classroom activity: Counting Cakes



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Author Charles Cohen,a avid Dr. Seuss collector, was a well qualified expert to write the visual biography of Ted Geisel. Through  illustrations, Cohen shows the many sides of Geisel’s art and creativity. In the very beginning Geisel’s earliest works, which includes examples of his college newspaper cartoons and several of his successful advertising campaigns. These creations are a springboard to his later children’s books and helps the reader gain a  deeper understanding of how culture and history shaped the thought process of his ideas and many, many works.


Check out these free printables pinned on McLure’s Pinterest page! These can be printed in our library.


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With this amazing  illustrated book, Fox in Socks , join Knox and the fox as they have a play with  tongue teasers and twisters! It’s one of Dr. Seuss most enjoyable books, but not just fun for the kids but also a great read for adults as well


Suggested classroom activity: Know Your Colors Sorting Baskets with Socks

Colors sorting Baskets






By: Dagan Bond and Kristy Justice



Recognizing African American History in the Classroom

Suggested Books

African-American History is a subject that can be taught all throughout the year, not just during the month of February. Whether you are introducing African-American History to your students for the first time or if it is referred to frequently in your classroom the items listed below will be useful to you. They contain a wide variety of topics and activities that can easily be incorporated. All books that are represented are found at the Mclure Education Library and the location of said books will be linked underneath each description.

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Henry’s Freedom Box

In 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry “Box” Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate. This is an remarkable true story of a man who put his life on the line for his ultimate freedom. The author, Ellen Levine, and the illustrator,  Kadir Nelson, both do a incredible job with the story line and illustrations. Perfect for introducing the subject of slavery at a young age. This book is recommended for ages 4-8 year-olds.

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Stella by Starlight

Equal rights, segregation, and racism are all issues that eleven- year- old Stella faces. Sharon Draper dives deep into the south during the rise of the KKK and strong prejudice against the African American population. Draper paints Stella as an aspiring writer, and a girl would love to change things with not just her voice but also with the words she writes. This book is recommended for ages 9-13 with a caution to sensitive readers.



What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African American Inventors

Children of all ages will enjoy learning historical facts about African-American inventors and the roles they have played in inventing many things.


African American History

A Kid’s Guide to African American History

This book includes more than 70 hands-on activities, songs, and games that teach kids about history and cultural awareness.


Suggested Classroom Activities



Have students create their own inventions or feature an African-American inventor!  This can be printed in our library.

henrys printable

Use this activity to encourage students to explore more facts about Henry “Box” Brown.  This can be printed in our library.

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McLure Education Library suggests using this idea to teach the importance of equal rights in voting.


Content created by : Kristy Justice & Dagan Bond










It’s Presidents Day!

It’s a wonderful day where we can all look back on the former presidents and appreciate what they did for our country! For example, our founding father, George Washington, who lead young America to freedom, or Abraham Lincoln who helped mend the ties of a broken country.  These are only a couple of the 44 presidents the United States of America has gained over 229 years.

The Mclure Education Library Staff have hand-picked a couple of books from our school library to offer to you and your future classroom!


What Does the President Do?  is a great book to educate the young curious mind! What does the future American President have to look forward too?  The author, David Jakubiak, simplifies the hard work of Mr. President for young readers, but also makes it interesting enough to inspire.

Location in our Library:

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A Picture Book of George Washington is a book with wonderful illustrations as it briefly tells of one of the United State’s founding father’s life.

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Abe Lincoln The Younger Years  gives readers a glimpse into Abe’s early life and how the trials he faced built him into the future president of the United States.  The illustrations are wonderfully fun and are sure to make any child smile.

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Below you will find a few classroom activities pinned from Pinterest.  These are free printables picked by McLure Education Library staff.  Visit McLure Education Library on Pinterest for more classroom ideas. Don’t forget that you can print these in our library using your ACTion card!

 learning printables for kidsClassroom activity suggested by McLure Education Library.:

Barack Obama free printable-

George Washington dot to dot free printable-

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day

By Kristy Justice, Library Assistant, McLure Education Library

How will you celebrate Valentine’s Day in your classroom?

Children learn about love starting at an early age, take this as a perfect opportunity to teach your class about love, kindness, and compassion.
Listed below are a few ideas handpicked by McLure Education Library staff.

Junie B. Jones and the Mushy Gushy Valentine

Does Junie B. really have to give that meanie ol’ Jim a valentime?  Her mother informed her that she was to include everyone in the class. Does Junie B. get a Valentine’s Day surprise?  This funny, chapter book series written by Barbara Park is suggested for ages 5-8.  This book is available in our school library!

Snowy Valentine
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This delightful story takes place on a cold, snowy Valentine’s Day.  Jasper the bunny is desperately searching for the perfect gift to show his wife just how much he loves her.  Feeling discouraged and having no luck finding something special, a friend helps him realize that he has already created the perfect Valentine’s Day present.  Written by David Petersen, this heartwarming story is recommended for children ages 3-6.

Classroom Activities

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Valentine’s Day Stem –                                                                                         Valentine’s Day Math Worksheets-
Valentine’s Day Color by Number-
Valentine’s Day Word Search-
Pumping Heart Model is located in the Curriculum Materials section at McLure Education Library –
Classroom Crafts


Heart Shaped Animals-
Maze Printable-
Valentine Bag Bear/Bunny-




Stand Straight Ella Kate!



“Most tall tales are made up.

But my tale is true.
I was a giant—a real life giant”

Kate Klise and M. Sarah Klise are an outstanding duo in their creation of picture books in the non-fiction genre for children. Stand Straight Ella Kate is a large format picture book based on the true life story of Ella Ewing, who suffered from gigantism. This lovely book is narrated by Ella herself and is featured by delightful illustrations which invoke curiosity among school age children. Some would even get a kick out of Ella being taller than the tallest basketball players in the NBA! Young readers will be introduced to Ella’s struggles with her height difference, but they will also discover, with Ella herself, self-confidence in her ability able to achieve goals that she never thought she could achieve.

The book starts off from the very beginning of Ella Ewing’s life. She was born in 1872 to a farmer and his wife. She was like any other baby at first, tiny and helpless against the world. Until she started growing, by thirteen she was nearly six feet tall, towering over her peers and adults alike. During a Fourth of July celebration, she was ridiculed and teased  as she stood before a crowd to recite the Gettysburg Address. Despite the cruel treatment, Ella never let such words break her spirit, and eventually she decided to use her own differences to her own advantage. She agreed to show off her exaggerated height of eight feet and four inches to a museum, and she found herself traveling with circuses across America—gaining fame and fortune. When she finally returned home, after years of touring, she was able to pay off her parent’s debt to the bank and built her own home, complete with over-sized windows and doors. In her spare time, Ella enjoyed telling friends and family all about the sights and experiences that she encountered on the road. If she had stayed locked away because of her difference, she would have never had the confidence to become a successful and financially stable woman.

Stand Straight Ella Kate would be a great to read out loud to kindergarten through third grade classrooms. This book emphasizes not only on the acceptance of the differences in others, but also the acceptance and confidence in oneself. Here are a few handpicked Pinterest activity ideas and discussion topics for a future classroom! Please leave comments for other ideas you think would go great with this book!



Author Spotlight: Walter Dean Myers

By Leslie Grant, Graduate Assistant, McLure Education Library

bookWe were saddened to learn of the death of Walter Dean Myers last July. Last month friends, family, colleagues, and others gathered for an event in his honor featuring readings, speeches, and performances. You can more about the event in the Publisher’s Weekly article “Celebrating the Legacy of Walter Dean Myers.” Myers was a prolific author, writing over one hundred books, including picture books, young adult novels, and nonfiction. He received several awards for his writing, including the Margaret Edwards Award, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Coretta Scott King Award. For those interested in reading or rereading his work, we have several of his titles available at our library:

  • 145th Street: Short Stories (PZ7.M992 Aae 2000)
  • Amistad: A Long Road to Freedom (E447 .M94 1998)
  • Angel to Angel: A Mother’s Gift of Love (PS3563.Y48 A84 1998)
  • Antarctica: Journeys to the South Pole (G863 .M94 2004)
  • At Her Majesty’s Request: An African Princess in Victorian England (DA565.F67 M94 1999)
  • Bad Boy: A Memoir (PS3563.Y48 Z47 2001)
  • Beast (PZ7.M992 Be 2003)
  • Black Pearl and the Ghost (PZ7.M992 Bl 1980)
  • Blues Journey (PZ7.M94 B58 2003)
  • Brown Angels: An Album of Pictures and Verse (PS3563.Y48 B76 1993)
  • Darius & Twig (PZ7.M992 Dap 2013)
  • Dragon Takes a Wife (PZ8.M987 Dr)
  • Dream Bearer (PZ7.M992 Dr 2003)
  • Fallen Angels (PZ7.M992 Fal 1988)
  • Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff (PZ7.M992 Fas)
  • Fly, Jimmy, Fly! (PZ7.M992 Fl)
  • Glory Field (PZ7.M992 Gl 1994)
  • Greatest: Muhammad Ali (GV1132.A44 M94 2001)
  • Harlem: A Poem (PS3563.Y48 H37 1997)
  • Here in Harlem: Poems in Many Voices (PS3563.Y48 H47 2004)
  • Hoops (PZ7.M992 Ho)
  • How Mr. Monkey Saw the Whole World (PZ7.M992 Hr 1996)
  • Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told (E185.97.W55 M94 2008)
  • Invasion (PZ7.M992 Inv 2013)
  • It Ain’t All for Nothin’ (PZ7.M992 It 1978)
  • I’ve Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (E185.97.K5 M936 2004)
  • Jazz (PZ8.3.M9954 Jaz 2006)
  • Journal of Joshua Loper: A Black Cowboy (PZ7.M992 Jo 1999)
  • Journal of Scott Pendleton Collins: A World War II Soldier (PZ7.M992 Jp 1999)
  • Legend of Tarik (PZ7.M992 Le 1981)
  • Lockdown (PZ7.M992 Lo 2010)
  • Looking Like Me (PZ7.M992 Loo 2009)
  • Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (BP223.Z8 L5764 1993)
  • Me, Mop, and the Moondance Kid (PZ7.M992 Me 1988)
  • Monster (PZ7.M992 Mon 1999)
  • Motown and Didi: A Love Story (PZ7.M992 Mot 1984)
  • Now Is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom (E185 .M96 1991)
  • Outside Shot (PZ7.M992 Ou 1984)
  • Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam (PZ7.M992 Pat 2002)
  • Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner (PZ7.M992 Ri 1992)
  • Scorpions (PZ7.M992 Sc 1988)
  • Slam! (PZ7.M992 Sl 1996)
  • Somewhere in the Darkness (PZ7.M992 So 1992)
  • Sunrise Over Fallujah (PZ7.M992 Su 2008)
  • Toussaint L’Ouverture: The Fight for Haiti’s Freedom (F1923.T69 M94 1996)
  • What They Found: Love on 145th Street (PZ7.M992 Wgr 2007)
  • Won’t Know Till I Get There (PZ7.M992 Wo 1982)

Outlander Returns

By Amanda Alexander, Graduate Assistant, McLure Education Library

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Part two of the STARZ hit series Outlander, based on the book by Diana Gabaldon, is set to return to television on April 4.  If you haven’t been watching there is still time to catch up before the new episodes air.  If you are not a STARZ subscriber, you can now purchase the DVDs for season one, part one, which were released on March 3.  The Collector’s edition features both Blu-ray and DVD discs, as well as a collectible lenticular and a 32-page book with an introduction by Diana Gabaldon.  If you are not looking to purchase the DVD set they are also available for checkout at the Tuscaloosa Public Library. The series has already been renewed for a second season and the show’s creator has hinted that there will be surprises in store for even the most faithful fans of the series!  Until then, viewers can find trailers as well as a sneak peek at the opening scene of season one, part two on the show’s website as well as an inside look at the show’s costumes here.




2015 Book Award Results

By Leslie Grant, Graduate Assistant, McLure Education Library

This morning the American Library Association announced the award winners for children’s and young adult books. These include the Caldecott Medal for picture books, the Newbery Medal for children’s literature, and the Printz Award for young adult literature, as well as many others. The results are as follows:

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Winner: The Adventure of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat

Honor Books: Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Mary GrandPré

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illus. by Jon Klassen

Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant, illus. by Melissa Sweet

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illus. by Jillian Tamaki


Winner: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Honor Books: El Deafo by Cece Bell

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson


Winner: I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Honor Books: And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illus. by Jillian Tamaki


For more information and a complete list of winners, see ALA’s website.