Friday, December 19, 2014

Finally Friday Dec. 19

MADE IT!

Five (hopefully!) little ones next week. Two are already here, we hope three are well and can come next week. So ... I won't be trying many of these SOON. But soon. I have already seen Death Comes to Pemberly, Cranford, Emma, Foyle's War, some of Lark Rise, Mr. Selfridge, Pride and Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Persuasion, Sherlock, Upstairs Downstairs (oddly, didn't love that one), When Calls the Heart (cheesy but I enjoy it anyway!), and Weathering Heights.



I actually do love clothes. You'd not know it to look at my current wardrobe but I do. And Disneybounding is just kind of fun.



Another one. Aren't they fun? A book related quote, perhaps?



This color combo makes me happy.



I WANT THIS LEGO WALL. Just got told this AM that I don't "get" to do morning duty as a door stop anymore (I hated it at first cause I'm not a morning person and saying good morning that many times was hard. Actually started to get more used to it and enjoy their smiles but still. 45 minutes every day). I can have the library open instead. WHAT CAN WE DO? ;)



Just like movies not sure how many books I'll be able to read. But I do have e-arcs of the second Thickety and second and third Finishing School titles. Plus three days left on my echeckout of The Spy Catchers of Maple Hill. And with a surprise by our district LS a couple book orders to work on!

Enjoy holiday time!


Saturday, December 13, 2014

Finally ... Saturday! Dec. 13

Good week? Great week?
Here are a couple things from the web that inspired me professionally and personally.


Why did I not think of this?



Oh, I wanted to get this so bad. But I'd already ordered myself the SW Ugly Sweater t-shirt. I liked this one better, though. :P



Headphones drove me crazy last week. Need to get one of these.



I would like a book of Hank-isms like this.



For as much as faith plays an important part of my life I'm not usually one for this type of music. I prefer classical as a more worshipful tone ... and then give me some 80s pop or 90s alternative. Or country. This, however, is a lovely, lovely arrangement. I don't recognize most of the YouTubers but who cares. The important part? #sharethegift




Monday, December 8, 2014

#IMWAYR Dec. 8



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.




I just finished the Beyonders World Without Heroes audio. Will be starting a "grown up" Douglas Preston/Lincoln Child Pendergast audio adventure next. Looking forward to Blue Labyrinth.

For the second or third time I have Making Thinking Visible checked out. And again ... I love the ideas. I just have a hard time with the e-format for this one and translating reading into practice. I should just buy it. I have several other PD books I bought and started and haven't ever finished already. Is that bad?

I'm in the middle of Red Rising. And The Infinite Sea. It's been too long since I read The 5th Wave so I'm a little lost.



I must admit ... during my month off of posting any reading (MsOReadsBooks! Really. She does. This year is not the norm) I did share The Book With No Pictures with some kids. They liked it a lot more than I did so that's worth something.

Oh! And the picture book Ivan. What I would give for a terrible late 80s hair photo of myself at the B&I visiting Ivan. I never got to go see him at the Atlanta zoo. I loved sharing that one with the kids!

And I read Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek. I liked that one ... can't wait to hear more from the young author. I actually didn't care for Tana French's The Secret Place. I've enjoyed all her others but not this one.






Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Upcoming Projects

Well. Since the hands on research project (transportation, recreation, and communication ... comparing with colonial times--we had reproductions of games to play and simple Pebble Go research task cards ... but no one wanted to do it :() I thought we'd be doing didn't fly with that particular grade level's teachers I have more time than I thought I would. Plus no GTA next week. :P So this is what I'm doing instead.

This one just because he's fun and I needed a student work display for out in the hall. Is that terrible? We will be talking about apps first. We just got 25 iPads for the library (not functional yet but they will be!) so the timing is good for app discussion and why we use tech.

HOUR OF CODE! I really had wanted to be doing this all along but new admin this year nixed it. Until it became a district thing. Just a couple 2nd grade and then 3-5. K-the rest of 2 we'll try once the iPad cart is working. And I play more with the apps.
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Every year I beg classes to make book related ornaments for small trees in the library. Some years I get good responses, others not so much. The "off" years I swear I will just make some to have around ... but that's not quite as fun, is it? Here are some possible adaptations ...


Oliver Jeffers is fun. Not the same kind of tree but the story obviously lends itself. ;)



Must get a new pack of crayons. I probably have the googly eyes.



I need an easy Gerald equivalent. And then maybe a little toy bird in a nest. And a little ball. And another whale?



The trees I'm contemplating at school are MUCH smaller (like 18-24"). But this one has possibilities. I have some of those book cover foam stickers!



Would it be weird to do a "holiday" tree on this?



Or ... a tree with all small pointy red hats. Or red sleds. Both would be fun book references.






A tree in honor of The Most Magnificent Thing would also be fun. Just with ... bits and bobs of things. Popsicle sticks. Yarn. Rubber bands. Small cans. What else?

And if the book order comes in in time ... finally got to order some books! So a book tasting with at least one 3rd grade class may be in order.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Finally Friday Nov. 21

VACATION! JUST IN TIME! Lately getting pulled into a lot of dull things. No one wants to do the fun research things. :P Recharge and start again. So this may not be as hilarious to a non-San Antonian. But every year the Spurs do a series of commercials (in 5 hours!) and they are SPOT ON. This is just one. I won't make you see all three.




OWLS! And Christmas!




Google Funnies.




I don't crochet. But if I did crochet, I'd want to crochet this.




I do love me a good extension.




May you get lots of reading in. And turkey. And pumpkin pie (WW POINTS BE ... GONE!). And family time. Movie time. Sleeping time. Later.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

QR Code Library Login How To Update

So it will never be perfectly pretty (I still need to change the wallpaper now that the iPad has been repurposed) but here it is. Again, with the Instagram repeats!
And here is a link to the how to directions. I guess they get the job done even if they are not aesthetically pleasing.

Kids walk in and it's right there. The only app immediately visible is NeoReader (yes, all they have to do is swipe to the left but it hasn't been a problem). That's the QR code reader that lets you set the camera to the front facing option (important cause that's the one that is still accessible with this security stand). They scan the card which opens up the sign in form that auto-fills grade level and teacher, and they enter their name and choose their reason for being in the library. Then hit "Submit" and "Done." Took them a bit at first but then they get it down and can do it in under 15 seconds. Faster than notebook and pencil!

We've only been using it for what, 7 school days. Don't have a lot of data yet. But I am seeing lots of "lights" go on with teachers as to how useful the auto-tracking of the kids that come on passes might be (time stamp and frequency ... teachers can see the sign in results when they are logged in to their Google accounts). Every K-2 class gets a class checkout visit a week and then can come on passes. 3-5 gets a class visit for checkout every two weeks and can come on passes in between. They only sign in if they are in the library on their time and not a scheduled class visit.

If I can find the template (egads, seriously, could I be more disorganized? Hoping it's on my computer at school though why on earth I didn't put it in Google Drive I cannot say) would you like the library pass template? Or is there any other info that would be helpful?


Friday, November 14, 2014

Finally Friday Nov. 14

If you didn't see the Instagram version here's another one (and if you did I'll stop double posting soon ... just getting the hang of it. For as much as I love to learn about photography I am terrible at remembering to TAKE PICTURES!) ...



I find myself oddly unable to look away from this picture. This is my nephew. He's an avid reader. And, apparently ... very stretchy. :)


Totally cute. I haven't read this one this year because a teacher beat me to checking it out. And has had it for three weeks already. And I've felt awkward saying "Please only keep holiday books for a few days and then return them so that others can use them!" I mean, we're not a big library. If people keep stuff too long then no one else gets to use it. But I don't want to make her feel unwelcome to check out, either. :/



This has become a huge push in our district. Ironic. I was going to start it two months ago during our tutoring time. And was told I could not and had "to have bookclubs." ????
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I don't have these exact ones but I have some others from this seller. Lovely, lovely pieces. And the PRETTIEST PACKAGING EVER.



The image ought to give the real quote and not the quoter. #picky #stilllikeit



Grand literature it's not. But the idea is so precious. A friend knows the starters and posted this on her FB page. I don't often do Kickstarters (Reading Rainbow and Tile were it) but this is a nice idea.