The Forest Done Right: Philip Pullman’s Opening Paragraphs of The Amber Spyglass

from His Dark Materials, Book Three:

By Roman Boed, Black Forest. Nederlands. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain Image.

In a valley shaded with rhododendrons, close to the snow line, where a stream milky with meltwater splashed and where doves and linnets flew among thee immense pines, lay a cave, half-hidden by the crag above and the stiff heavy leaves that clustered below.

   The woods were full of sound: the stream between the rocks, the wind among the needles of the pine branches, the chitter of  insects and the cries of small arboreal mammals, as well as the birdsong; and from time to time a stronger gust of wind would make one of the branches of a cedar or a fir move against another and groan like a cello.

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“I’ve Shared”

I love winning books. Now @ http://davidabramsbooks.blogspot.com/ you can enter to win the latest Dennis Lehane novel, The Drop. I want to win so I can give it to my Principal who devours Lehane novels like I crunch and gobble almonds out of the freezer. Anyway, I get more chances the more I post to Social Media. If people are reading David Abrams blog, chances are they are all getting the same number of chances because they all post to social media. I feel that the playing field is level, more or less, but D. Abrams is getting more media. Which is fine. His blog really is good.

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Package sent with Harry Potter Stamps

letter with Harry Potter Stamps

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Workaround to low cost Libguide adding Images feature.

Capture Google Bacteria search 2Ssheess this week I am trying to clean up my libguide. I am not a neat person, as I’ve said before, I’m not a linear thinker but a global one and extremely tangential. I heard a TED talk recently by someone who re-vised ADHD  to Attention Difference. I am attention different. I know that because I walk with my sister everyday and I always see the spider at the side of the road carrying an egg sack or a bird hanging from an awning upside down with three branches from a neighbor’s Chinese weeping cherry tree, and so on and so one. My attention is diffuse. Anyway this impacts how I organize myself: I tend to have a messy desk and my libguide often reflects that. What I don’t like about the Libguide is that I have the least expensive guide! I haven’t paid for photo uploads off of my computer.  I have to have the image hosted somewhere (like here, now, complete with an apology!).  That snip it looks awful anyway but it will work on the guide. Always a work-around.

 

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NeaToday Started My Year Off a Bit Bent Out of Shape

The Summer 2014 issue of NeaToday that is supposed to get those of us who work in schools pumped about the jobs we’re returning to has published an article about getting our teens to read. I was really excited to read it! In fact, I flipped through the issue hoping to gain some insight on cracking open the non-reading world. What I found was an article that highlighted how teachers might get teens interested in books. A representative teacher was interviewed and she mentioned a media specialist. She mentioned social media. She talked about youtube, She talked about online book communities, and she talked about websites where teens can find out about books. Why would an article about teens reading cast one big clock of invisibility over the librarians of this world who review books, order books, display books, talk books, walk with books, eat with books, sometimes bath and yes, sun or swim with books, dream books, write books, make books, construct and deconstruct books, hey, some even sleep with their books!?  NeaToday please celebrate Librarians and all they do to promote reading and a love of books.

Here is an image from a fanpoem/collage I made for the film, au hasard Balthasar

collage of girl with short poem

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Springfield Library’s Summer Programs!

  

Springfield City Library Summer Reading Club for Teens 2014

                                                                             

Register for Spark a Reaction! at any Springfield City Library or from home starting

June 23. 

 

This summer, you earn rewards for reading and for learning new digital skills!

           

Go to the Library’s Teen Page, register, and share your opinions about the books you read.  Just click on Teens at the Library’s web site (www.springfieldlibrary.org) or type in this URL: http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/library/services/teens/.

 

Demonstrate your creative digital skills and earn more rewards. You can attend a Digital Media Mini-camp at any branch library and learn to make a video or a sound recording that will Spark a Reaction in your world.  Completed digital artworks will be shown at a Teen Digital Media Festival on August 20.

 

Here’s how you can participate:

 

Read and review 1 book: You’ve earned an invitation to Roller Skating Party held on August 4 at Interskate 91.

 

Read 5 books: We’ll order any book you’d like, up to a list price of $11.99.  Ask your librarian for the book order form.

 

Read 10 books: Choose a second book.  Or combine your prizes for 1 book up to $23.99 list price.

 

Read 15 books: You’ve definitely Sparked a Reaction at your Library! You’ve earned a gift card from Friendly’s, Subway or another restaurant.

 

New this year! Participate in a Digital Media Mini-camp and earn credit toward your book prizes. A two-day Mini-camp counts as 2 books logged, and submitting your completed video or sound recording for showing at our Teen Digital Media Festival counts as a 3rd book.

 

If you need help logging your book reviews online, or if you have questions, ask your branch librarian or call Martha at 263-6828 ext.425.

 

The last day to log books is Saturday August 30.

Have fun reading!

Martha Coons, Young Adult Librarian, Springfield City Library     mcoons@springfieldlibrary.org

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Where are all the women?

tess:

A true Fan. tp

Originally posted on Sotto Voce:

I “heart” Emily. She is one smart woman and I love her approach to finding more women in STEM.  What’s that? Oh. Women in STEM need to step up and be a role model. I’m now an Emily fan and plan to watch all her shows, found at http://www.youtube.com/user/thebrainscoop. What I love about Emily is not just her calling out women to get public about their nerdiness, but her push to deliver quality educational content about science making science accessible to everyone. What’s not to love about that???

The last 20 years of my career I’ve worked in high tech. I have been fortunate enough to work beside amazing women – and not just in marketing or HR. I’ve worked with amazing women technologists, coders, data junkies, and QA mavens. These women rocked it.

Thanks, Emily!

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