Monday, April 14, 2014

#IMWAYR April 14



It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!

Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.

Of course I planned to read more than I actually finished. That always happened. But I did quite enjoy the two picture books I'm going to share this time round.


Both were so fun! Lost for Words would be great as a motivator to students who might be struggling to find their writing voice. Then Duck & Goose are just the cutest things ever. Kind of sickening how cute they are. Plus the story that could be interpreted a bit philosophically if one wanted to. Don't be afraid to go on adventures!

Happy Easter. It's the most comforting thing I know ... that He is Risen.





Monday, April 7, 2014

#IMWAYR April 7 Ninja Librarians and Others

Easier to do when you're home sick (strep throat, of all the ridiculously painful things :/). You regular posters no matter what ... you are blog rock stars.



It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!



Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.
Click on the pic to go to my shelf on Goodreads for a little more info. Not a lot (didn't write much of my own commentary on these) but at least for the summaries. In order of favorites it was 3, 4, 1, 2.
One YA, two adult (I know ... this is a kid lit blog linky!), and one picture. Not my usual.
(Ironic funniest line in Death on Blackheath ... "I think at the heart of it she is very aware that she will soon be forty and a part of life is slipping out of her grasp" (107). Not quite 7 weeks, internet. Not quite 7 weeks. :P

Currently

It's taking me a while (lots of distractions and electronic ARCS just always take me longer ... even when I love them books that are due at the library seem to get finished first!) Didn't even add Ungifted to this list that I am currently reading in e-form. I do love my Kindle. I can carry it anywhere. But since those books aren't falling off of tables or overflowing baskets or crammed into shelves? There again. Last place even when I am enjoying them.

Here are some lines I am loving from Ninjas so far.

"Nothing you choose to practice long and hard is ever a waste of time."
"'It's a line from Star Wars,' said Dorrie, glancing guiltily at Mr. Kornberger as he flipped through the script looking confused. 'He likes to slip them in whenever possible.'"
"Because lybrarians, at least the ones we train, are doing more than it looks like they're doing." (I agree!)
"A properly rained lybrarian is one of the most fearless and fearsome beings in the world." (This is me agreeing again! Well. Wanna be agreeing, anyway. ;))
"They're wonderful at finding out things and slipping around undetected and getting the right information into the right hands."
"This is the gymnasium, where the lybrarians learn their combat skills. In case they hit a brick wall with the research and stealth. And only for defensive use."
"I've got a baaaad feeling about this, Chewie."
"The ancient architect, Vitruvius, advises that all libraries should face east for the benefit of early risers." (This is me saying ... ummmm ... early? I used to do early. Not anymore. :P)

What I don't love? The oft-spelling "lybrarians." Not sure of it's real purpose and my word, doesn't the word get misspelled in other ways often enough?

But still. Loads of fun so far. I do want to finish it today. And since I am still avoiding the NINE out of town family members that were already on their way for a visit when I started getting sick Thursday afternoon ... I may have time. I hate that I have missed so much but I would HATE MORE to hear that one of them got sick. Three adults. Six kids ... 12, 9, 8, 6, 2.5, 6 months. It would not be good. No baby snuggling this visit. :( :( :(

And Snicker ... what am I missing? Everyone else seemed to love it so. That one is more than just I have been a TERRIBLE gym go-er (where I usually listened to audiobooks). I think I might have enjoyed it more in print form. I need my audio to be more plot drive and less vocabulary driven.

So after Ninjas ... probably then Expeditioners. Zane and the Hurricane. Or Aquifer. Or Hold Fast. If I get that far. Missed Friday afternoon (shouldn't have gone to work on Friday but ... I was giving a standardized test that morning :X) and after the urgent care visit on Saturday they said to stay out of public places through today so I will be behind. Again. And there is so much to do!

See you next week!



PS For anyone who follows me on Twitter and noticed retweets ... my church had a big conference this weekend. When I was awake I enjoyed it. Great thoughts. My Twitter feed is not usually like that.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Finally Friday on Saturday March 28

I think I will be taking a little breather for April. Only #IMWAYR posts. (This Monday? Ninja Librarians!)

 I hope you will stick around for when I start rambling about closing up at the end of the year and SUMMER READING (it's so close! Well. In my imagination, anyway). Just looking to get caught up on reading and maybe get ... inspired. Been feeling less than excited and "ain't nobody got time for that." Our job's too important!















Until then maybe I'll see you on Twitter or Pinterest or FB. Or commenting on YOUR blogs or FB pages (if I know that you have them. Who am I missing?). Or maybe Vine or Instagram if I ever actually post something there. ;)


Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Saturday after Bookfair's Finally Friday

SURVIVED! Why is bookfair so crazy? You know what I'm talking about. Thankfully we have a couple of volunteers who basically work full time that week to help.

Of course at the same time trying to mentally rearrange a library to fiction genrify AND lose half of the shelving and browsing floor space because of finally building partial walls that are being limited by a ridiculous hawk on the hallway floor so that the teaching area is STILL in a visually distracting area. :X That might have something to do with the headache. Maybe. And now you have a headache after that run on sentence. :P


The whole "Keep Calm" thing was fun for a while but it is starting to get a little old. A little. This one still made me laugh, though.



Chocolate and Peanut Butter is the best combo in the world. Second? Chocolate and mint. Third? Chocolate and graham. Sense a pattern?



These pics are cool.



Look at this awesome use of Aurasma.



Thanks for reading! Have an awesome weekend.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Would you

give up for sure a third if not closer to a half of your shelves for this kind of partial wall?


I'm thinking out loud, internet.


Pros
Much less visual distraction in the library. There might BE 400+ people walking by but at least we will only see them through the door opening (no actual door ... just an opening).

Much less messy shelves because there will be so fewer books ... and they won't be in the hallway where "idle" hands waiting during class restroom breaks or to be picked up from lunch mess with them.

Right now new wall shelves would not be part of the deal. It would just mean taking all the books off of one side of our current shelves and pushing them up against the new wall.

Maybe weeding that much could be good. Could only keep the best of the best.


Cons
Would that really help with the noise? The librarian where I took this picture? Says only slightly.

That's a LOT less shelf space ... thousands of books. Thousands. And a fair amount of floor space that we'd lose bringing everything inside. So will it feel claustrophobic. And just be ugly with (unless things changed) these big white shelves (they are like ... I don't know. 30 inches deep? 'cause they are double sided ...) with shelves pushed up against the wall.

Would this mess up our wireless? Cause right now? The library is the only space in the school where it works fairly decently and reliably.

Would make it hard for a class to be checking out at the same time a class was here for a lesson. If I never did that (cause I am lucky enough to have an assistant at least part of the time) we'd either lose a lot of circulation (even though kiddos can always come on passes some teachers are better than others at sending them) or a lot of lessons. Though the lessons we HAD would be much more focused because of fewer distractions.



Trying to wrap my head around also losing what little office corner I had (where does one keep any sort of task card or station signs or more tactile stuff like puppets or crayons or personal books that don't go out and can't be stored on a hard drive if you don't even have an office corner? And no storage closet)? Also lock up a jacket and purse (not that I actually can lock them up now ... but at least it's not a corner where people can walk through easily)? Only got to sit there for like four minutes a day to gobble down something but at least it was space that was sort of mine. Had to ask people not to just go through and "borrow" my things. And about half of our circ desk.




Did NOT expect this when TPTB came by today. Was expecting to discuss the "transformation plan" as I'd written it (creation of a small makerspace/recording studio ... basically closet). This one completely ... well, completely negates that. So glad I bothered with stressing over it. :P

But the chance for maybe walls and not be Grand Central Station. Just ... central station. That's hard to just ignore.




Monday, March 17, 2014

#IMWAYR March 17




It's Monday! What are you Reading? is a meme hosted by Sheila at Book Journeys. It is a great way to recap what you read and/or reviewed the previous week and to plan out your reading and reviews for the upcoming week. It's also a great chance to see what others are reading right now… who knows, you might discover that next “must read” book!



Our Kid Lit to YA version is hosted by Teach Mentor Texts and Unleashing Readers.

GREAT IDEA! Check out all of the What Are You Reading? participants for title ideas.


Last Week was SPRING BREAK! How quickly it flew. Did nothing but read and watch silly TV. Couldn't go outside because of dumb pollens and got tired of "organizing." :P



Click on the pics to go to Goodreads and get more specifics on the titles. My favorites of the week? Probably Jabba or Mr. Lemoncello. Or Hank Finds an Egg. That Death of a Policeman one was truly, truly NOT my favorite. Cannot comprehend how that series made it to 30. Or maybe it's not so terrible if you've read the first 29? Though the parts I didn't like ... I don't think so.

This week? I should get some picture books in because of bookfair. And I'm about halfway through The Ninja Librarians and it's great fun so far.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring Break Already Friday Pi Day

Yes. It came and then it went. Bookfair and standardized testing to look forward to the next couple of weeks. Note to self: it won't last forever. Click through because embedded pins don't play nicely in either Feedly or Bloglovin.


I just gained ten pounds looking at this picture.



I do love this print. It says in the description you can have the colors changed. Decisions. Red would go in my kitchen but is this really a kitchen print? My living room/bedroom are both leafy greens and browns and yellows and a bit of blue. My office is a sort of stormy blue. So decisions. Putting up art is a lot of decisionmaking!



This is interesting. Pretty sure we want to get a couple external mics. The ones in an iPhone or iPad are decent if you are sitting in a quiet room but at school? Even if you HAVE walls how often is it actually quiet?



Love this post about using an iPad app to chart understanding of a class readaloud.



Or ... almost, anyway.




And I was over at Kirby Larson's blog yesterday talking about how Everything I Needed to Know About Encouraging Library Users I Learned from Star Wars. No groundbreaking ideas but it made me laugh a little. :P

Goodbye spring break. Summer ... I can almost see you. Just testing and some booksharing and research projects! Oh. And loads of weeding. Loads and loads. :P ;)