You've heard of 12 step processes before. Well, when it comes to my Target addiction I have a simple 5 step process:
1. Target Dollar Spot
You would have to be lying if you never bought anything in the Target Dollar Spot. When I used to shop for clothing in department stores (believe me, it's not fun trying on clothes with three little kids running around) I would head straight to the back of the store to the clearance rack. The hunt for a bargain is what thrills any female. Target is different. Target brings out the dessert cart before you ever touch your main meal! I could do some serious damage to my wallet within the first 5 minutes of entering the store.
The Dollar Spot is perfect for organizational materials (storage boxes, folders, clips), decoratives (posters, tags, signage), craft supplies (ribbons, markers, beads), classroom resources (flashcards, dry erase boards, and erasers) and incentives (bubbles, stickers, and coloring books). Prices are usually $1, $3, or $5. Once you see something you like, nab it! Chances are items won't last very long.
2. Clearance Items
Craft supplies, STEM toys, storage...Target has it all! Browse the various departments and you'll find something that you "just have to have." But, if you have the time to rummage through the end cap shelves or look for specific items you can save A LOT of money on clearance items. On my recent excursions to local Targets I saved at least 50% off the original prices...Ollie robots ($50 instead of $100), Disney Imagicademy Storymation Studio Stop Motion Movie Kits ($9 instead of $30), Meccano MeccaNoid G15 ($45 instead of $150), Makedo Ready to Build Kits ($4 instead of $12), and SmartLab Toy Demolition Lab ($9 instead of $26). *Note: These prices were in store, not online.
Don't forget that Target also has a price adjustment policy for 14 days, which came in handy when I purchased the Makedo and Demolition Labs $6 and $15 respectively a week earlier.
We'll match the price if you buy a qualifying item at Target then find the identical item for less at Target.com, select online competitors, or in Target's or competitor's local print ad. Price matches may be requested at time of purchase or Price adjustments within 14 days after purchase.
3. Commitment to Community
Besides quality of products, good prices, an convenient one-stop shopping, I support Target for their commitment to the community.
Through Target's field trip grant, I was able to bring a group of students in our afterschool club to visit a working farm in upstate New York (Beaverwood Farm, Swan Lake). Students from our suburban, high-needs, culturally diverse district were able to ride horses, feed chickens, and milk cows. I still have students tell me what an impact this experience had on their lives.
Currently, Target is partnering with DonorsChoose to donate up to $5 million dollars for kid-inspired projects relating to topics of health and wellness. Through this program thousands of students nationwide to receive the resources they need to help them about proper nutrition, exercise, and healthy-living choices.
Target's commitment is apparent in their store planning as they consider people's needs. Having a non-gender specific family bathroom and a variety of carting options is a thoughtful bonus in my book. There are motorized carts, children's carts, and even Caroline's Cart for people with special needs.
Kristina A. Holzweiss
Ed Tech School Librarian
Bunhead With Duct Tape
PRAISE FOR "HACKING SCHOOL LIBRARIES"
"Hacking School Libraries is the practical book that I have been waiting for a teacher-librarian to publish! This is the book I will be recommending to school librarians who want constructive and attainable suggestions on how to not only transform their library space, but also their library practices and in turn, their school. The stories and ideas from Stony, Kristina, and other respected colleagues in the school library world spotlight tried-and-true practices that have transformed school library programs across the nation."
"I really like the quick reading style and the focus banners for each hack. This is a very useful guide for new school library professionals or those thirsting for easy, practical, and inexpensive ideas to revitalize their school libraries. My highest praise is that it's written by practitioners FOR practitioners."
The book is clear and understandable and helps put their "hacks" into perspective by introducing a problem and possible solution. I especially like the "What you can do tomorrow" section and even though I am not a new librarian, I plan to incorporate some of these ideas tomorrow!
"WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THIS BOOK IS THAT IT BREAKS EVERYTHING DOWN INTO MANAGEABLE SECTIONS. IN THOSE SECTIONS YOU ARE GIVEN SUGGESTIONS FOR WHAT YOU CAN DO TODAY! SUCH AN IMPORTANT RESOURCE ESPECIALLY AS MEDIA SPECIALISTS ARE ALWAYS STRUGGLING TO STAY RELEVANT. THIS BOOK REALLY HELPS!" - CATHY CASTELLI
"THANK YOU! THANK YOU FOR SEEING INTO WHAT WE ARE AND OUR MISSION! WELL WRITTEN AND GREAT IDEAS THAT SUPPORT OUR STUDENTS! I LOVE THIS RESOURCE!" - CAROL EVERHART CRITCHER
"THIS BOOK IS INVITING, WELL-ORGANIZED, AND CONTATINS IDEAS THAT ARE EASY TO IMPLEMENT. WHAT IS NOT TO LOVE? FROM THE SKETCHNOTE-LIKE ICONS ON THE COVER TO THE CLEAR TABLE OF CONTENTS, THIS INFORMATION IS ON THE RIGHT track for school librarians. no offense to phd candidates, but i'd rather read something that gives me quick usable ideas i can use right now than someone's research dissertation on learning commons model. i have students to help, teachers to collaborate with, and a million other things I am juggling and trying to keep in the air at the same time. - CHARITY S. HARBECK, School Library Media Coordinator/Digital Literacy Coach at Franklinton High School in Franklinton, NC
PRAISE FOR KRISTINA'S WORK
"I am super excited to learn about both high tech and low tech ways to promote literature.
I feel that over the years, I lost myself and my students with the primary focus always being on research. I want to go back to book talks and making library enjoyable (again).
Thank you for your inspiration!"
- Cara Lauber, library media specialist
"Kristina is a librarian's librarian!"
- Ali Schilpp, 2018 SLJ School Librarian of the Year
"Kristina is an engaging guest speaker who offers rich and varied approaches for participants to take part in and contribute. My graduate students leave the classroom feeling motivated, excited and ready to put their learning into practice in their own classrooms."
Dr. Karen Megay-Nespoli, Director of the Literacy and Cognition Graduate Program,
St. Joseph’s College, Patchogue
"i have followed kristina holzweiss on social media for many years. she's always on the cutting edge of the newest tools and activities in education. she was one of the first school librarians i saw who had her students using flipgrid, breakout edu, bloxels, and so many other great resources. i am awestruck by her ingenuity and her passion for helping students and educators thrive. i also appreciate her ideas for empathy and diversity." - tonya fletcher