About Me


Hi! I'm Laura Ashlee. I'm 27 years old, and I’m from a very small town in Alabama. I graduated with my MLIS recently, and I’m currently working as a media specialist at an amazing high school. I think my job is the best job in the world. I get to talk about books a lot. I get to assist other teachers in learning new technology that will help them with instruction. Sometimes, I get to play on social media (for work, I promise!). I also have the coolest kids ever as library aides. Best. Job. Ever.

About This Blog

This blog has been a lot of different things to me over the years. It started out as an outlet for my endless opinions on the books I was reading. My friends and family grew tired of my gushing or simply weren’t interested in the same books. I stumbled upon another book blog and decided I could do the same thing. It soon became a way to connect with other book bloggers and book addicts through memes, blog events, and social media extensions of the blog. In that way, it became a community area for me, where others understand and appreciate my book obsession.

The blog is currently in the midst of some change. I recently changed the url and blog title (for the second time). My hopes are that this can become a place where I reflect on my work in the high school library. I haven’t been there long, but I already love my job. I know there will be awesome things going on that I want to share. I also have a passion for web tools that might be used in classroom instruction. I like playing around with these tools and learning their capabilities. Sometimes I get really excited about web tools, and I think this will be an excellent place to share them.

There will still be book reviews and posts about my personal reading. There just also may be some edtech reviews and comparisons, as well as the occasional reflection on some things I'm doing at work.

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Book Reviews, Tech Talk, Librarian Speak

Audio Review: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

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Review A terribly contagious and fast-acting flu virus sweeps across the country, destroying civilization as we know it. Moving back and forth in time, Mandel writes about a handful of characters whose lives, during and after the pandemic, are affected by their link to one man. What a beautiful novel! I’ll admit this was the first “adult” book I’ve read in a while. It came from a need to read some simply for enjoyment and nothing else. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I even listened to it when I wasn’t in the car, which I rarely do. There were parts of it that weren’t as engaging; I was much more interested in Kirsten and the Traveling Symphony or Clark than any of […]

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EDpuzzle

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If you haven’t checked out EDpuzzle yet, I highly recommend it. I first came across it on Richard Byrne’s blog, Free Technology for Teachers. I thought it would be perfect for our school’s eLearning Weather Days (instead of using built in weather days, our district assigns online learning assignments in the event of inclement weather). Sometimes our teachers have a hard time coming up with lessons or assignments that can be completed online, but are still engaging and instructional. I recently introduced this to interested teachers in a professional development session, and many of them loved it. Purpose & Function EDpuzzle allows users to add their own questions, comments, and audio notes to online videos. There is a search function […]

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This Week in the Library [2]

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It’s been a decent week. It wasn’t as busy as the two previous weeks, which was really nice. It was also a short week, since we had Monday off. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of February. Where is this year going? On the other hand, it’s nice to have a job that keeps me busy enough not to pay so much attention to time. Tuesday We brought some snacks to celebrate birthdays in January, February, and March. Like most teenagers, our library aides always love getting some free food. It also doesn’t hurt that they all got some time away from the desk. We had some of our research classes back in to finish up finding their sources, […]

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