Spotlight on Spring in the Library

This Spring the library supported the following classrooms (a sample):

* Ms. Ghaname’s 6th grade students in making their Eduglogs that challenge Middle Eastern Stereotypes;

* Mr. Sossa’s 9th grade in their research and their posting and creating an actual Libguide to support their research of São Paulo, Brazil;

* the seniors in their research of the School to Prison Pipeline;

*  and the post-industrial cities research in Ms. Magrath’s room.

Next week — can’t wait! — working with Ms. Pirog delving into African history and the big Grab, using the  ABC -CLIO databases.

Our seventh grade is using in the library to complete a unit on Cyberbullying! Yay! 7th grade!

April we celebrated National Poetry Month with Poems in our pockets shared in the library. Next year we’re starting a POETRY OUTLOUD TEAM  and a ‘Busta Rhymes Fife” weekly challenge !  Booyah!

And, How can I forget the Brownie club, or Fan fiction group! Thursday writers who are fanfantastic!

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Dvorak @ Hartford Symphony with Conductor William Eddins!

William Eddins

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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 @ 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 cloak 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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