Students Rebuild

In December of 2016 I posted about Students Rebuild and wanted to follow up on this thanks to the summer reading theme of Build a Better World in our public libraries. There are lots of great ways to extend our children and youth’s ideas of what it means to build a better world in our homes, classrooms, and community centers locally. However, if you’re looking for something global…I can think of no better way to extend the theme of building a better world this fall than through participating in the challenges put forth by Students Rebuild. Students Rebuild is a collaborative program of the Bezos Family Foundation and tackles some of the world’s most difficult problems, issues that one cannot affect alone, through challenges. They believe in coming together to make a collective impact and that every young person should have an opportunity to help others. Not everyone is able to fundraise but everyone is able to create simple, symbolic objects that the foundation matches with funding. They inspire young people worldwide to connect, learn, and take collective action on critical global issues. The Youth Uplift Challenge was the most recent way for students to give back. For each hand […]

Minnesota Love

Guess what!!! In order to celebrate all things Minnesota, I’ve created an artist shop on Threadless (one of my go-to t-shirt shops online). Check it out at: More designs are on the way and if you have something special in mind, please email me using the contact information above. Thank you for your support! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Celebrating Mother’s and Father’s Day

It’s almost Mother’s Day (and then Father’s Day). Celebrate this holiday with the students in your life by creating bookmarks to gift to the caregivers in their lives. Don’t want to start from scratch? Simply head over to Teachers Pay Teachers to purchase pages ready to be colored: Bookmarks on TPT  The bookmarks include mom, grandma, mama, auntie, dad, papa, grandpa, and uncle. Therefore, each student is sure to find someone of importance. Plus, it’s an easy way to promote lifelong learning and adult literacy! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez  

Julie’s Greenroom

There’s a great new series on Netflix…Julie’s Greenroom! It’s a way to both entertain and educate children on the performing arts. Puppets are used to play all of the children (and side characters) with Julie Andrews playing herself and Giullian Yao Gioiello playing her assistant, Gus. Netflix advertises it as a show for kids two to seven years of age and they’re spot-on in calling it a “feel-good” type of show. I feel all ages would enjoy watching this, making it a great family show that is not only fun but also teaches a lot about the theater. There are currently 13 episodes with each running approximately 30 minutes. Plus, each features a different Broadway Star with the first being Idina Menzel! The Jim Henson Company is the creator of the all-new puppet cast and you can learn even more by visiting this links within the post or reading an article about the show on Variety. Take a moment to check it out on Netflix (and hopefully on DVD soon as well)! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez  

Quality Resource: Khan Academy

Khan Academy is one of he most amazing, free resources available for students, teachers, and parents. There is so much information available it’s hard to know where to start! My recommendation is to start by checking out the list of subjects. From there you can click on whatever subject interests you the most and start learning. The math is split by grade level and subject as this is where Khan Academy got its start. For the remaining subjects, you’ll find many more related topics once you click on one. Challenge yourself to learn something new within a subject you know very little about. One of my favorites is Khan Academy’s partner content titled “Pixar in a Box.” You can find it by searching for “pixar” in the search box. This lesson guide is filled with all kinds of information about the processes behind a Pixar film. Finally, did you know there is a Khan Academy lab school in the Bay area? Check out A Day at the Khan Lab School by Malaina Kapoor to learn more or visit their website at Happy learning! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Laika Studios

This year I was fortunate enough to attend the 89th annual Oscar awards. An event that was inspiring, and oh so fun! Do you ever wonder about what goes into making a movie? Especially how the animators, artists, and storytellers create a feature film using mainly stop animation? Well, one of the movies nominated for an Oscar this year was Kubo and the Two Strings (Zootopia won the award). This film comes from the amazing Laika Studios and is a film that broke new ground in terms of the technologies used in combination with their signature stop animation style. You may be familiar with some of the other films Laika has created. Some of them include Boxtrolls, ParaNorman, Coraline, and Corpse Bride. Check out the videos below to learn more about the making of Kubo and the Two Strings. Visit to learn more about Laika. And of course, see the film! 7:09 minutes, Academy Original: 8:02 minutes, Behind the Scenes on Puppets: 6:20 minutes, Academy Original: Want even more videos but having a hard time finding them? Email me, I’m happy to assist! Most importantly, keep on making and creating! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

Etsy Shop!

Circulating Knowledge is now on Etsy! Featuring card catalog cart art and digital items, the site will grow with time. Take a few moments to check it out, favorite something you like, and share with a colleague, friend, or family member! Thanks so much for your support! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez