Welcome to my "teacher page". My name is Jenni Etherington and I am the librarian at Murphy. This is my eighth year and I love where I work and what I do. I've always wanted to be in a school and I love books, so this is the perfect mix for me. I get to see all 630+ students each and every week and hopefully get them excited about reading books.
Although we have lots of wonderful books in our library, we have access to a greater selection at our local library...Round Lake Area Library. Here is a link to their website... http://rlalibrary.org/
And they have a page of fun websites that people can visit at... http://rlalibrary.org/index.php/what-s-new-in-youth-services/fun-websites?id=115
Here are some recommended books from the International Reading Association... http://www.reading.org/resources/booklists.aspx
And here is a top 100 list of books for kids to read from TeachersFirst.com... http://www.teachersfirst.com/100books.cfm
And one of my all time favorite websites for lots of reasons is Common Sense Media. I personally use this website to determine if books, movies and video games are appropriate for my own children. They are age rated and also rated by people who have read the book, watched the movie, or played the game. Check it out at... http://www.commonsensemedia.org/ You can also subscribe to their site and they send you "newsletters" with good information.
A little bit about me...
I have been married to my husband, Patrick since January of 1999. We have lived in Round Lake Park since April of 2001. We have three children...Nathan, Emily and Logan, who are all students in Round Lake Schools. All three of my kids actually graduated from Murphy. We have two dogs, one guinea pig, and one turtle named Speedy.
We are a very active family and enjoy lots of sports including baseball, softball, running, biking, frisbee golf, hiking, geocaching, etc. In the spring and summer I coach a softball team over at ATYB. Patrick is a runner and as a family we enjoy watching him and even joining in on some races with him. Nathan has caught the running "bug" and has been all conference in Cross Country for the last two years.