Monday, December 22, 2008

Fresno Co. Public Library Bookcart Drill Team 2008

I wanted to share the love with local Fresno folks. Great job!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Give your blog away!

Yes, that is exactly what I mean! Give your blog to your teachers. No, not this blog. No, not your other blog.

The blog that you use for collaborating with teachers. I have been spending the last week working on a small careers project with my AVID teachers and students. As part of the project, students did research on careers and wrote short essays about said careers. I created a blog where students could post pre-research comments on careers I had chosen. Eventually, they also posted Post-research essays in the comments section.

See: AVID Careers at Tehipite

What usually happens in these circumstances is that the blog is abandoned. What I did was offer it to the AVID teachers to keep and use for the rest of this year and beyond.

My hope is that these teachers will post other assignments, have students begin to post, and more. The absolute worst thing that could happen is that it ends up abandoned.

Anything up from there is a victory.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Back Cover Words: Rules

Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public" --in order to head off David's embarrassing behaviors.

But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a surprising, new sort-of-friend, and Kristi, the potential next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal?

Filled with humor and warmth, Cynthia Lord's debut novel takes a candid and sensitive look at feeling different and finding acceptance -- beyond the rules.

Rules by Cynthia Lord

Librarians in Books Quote

From Rules by Cynthia Lord:

"Oh. Mostly [guinea pigs] eat pellets from the pet store, but they'll eat almost anything. Once I left a library book too close to their cage and they ate off half the cover. That was hard to explain to the librarian, let me tell you."

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

You say you want a revolution? Well, you know...

I am plotting the overthrow of the library world.

More to follow.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nearest Book Meme

Stephen's Lighthouse offers the following meme for bloggers:

Rules: * Get the book nearest to you. Right now. * Go to page 56. * Find the 5th sentence. * Write this sentence - either here or on your blog. * Copy these instructions as commentary of your sentence. * Don't look for your favorite book or your coolest but really the nearest.

Here's mine:

We could join the rebel militia in the Bongo area, if we so desired, or simply live there for a while in peace and wait for the civil war to sort itself out.

John Bul Dau in God Grew Tired of Us*

(*This is the true story of one of the Lost Boys of the Sudan.)