Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Still Resolved. v.2

It rained all day today. 


Not because it wanted to, but because it had to.


It was the kind of rain that started off a little reminiscent of spring, but gradually brought the temperature down and down. It saturated the earth and everything on it. By the time the sun went down the rain had stopped, then started again, then turned to drizzle, then thunder and lightning.


Now the only thing I hear outside is the passing of a few sparse cars, no doubt making streaks up and down the soaked road beyond our living room window. 


I like that the rain muffles everything. I like when things are storm-quiet. It's just about the perfect time for writing and reflecting. 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Build a Graphic Novel Collection (vol. 1)

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Here's a graphic novel collection starter kit of sorts.

For those new to graphic novels, here's a couple quick notes:

Our graphic novel collection.
1. They're not comic books, as in, they're not serial titles but rather stand-alone stories (though some popular graphic novels have been extended into series).

2. Despite criticism, graphic novels support the development of reading skills. They are a genre of literature unique unto themselves and teachers can play an important role in students' success in selecting and reading graphic novels.

3. Like any popular genre, there are lots and lots of strong titles in graphic novels (and plenty of weak fluff that kids will still devour). Building a strong collection of graphic novels requires seeking professional reviews and reading titles yourself.

4. Graphic novels can quickly become the most popular section of your library. Why not stock up with the very best titles, right?!

I'm a big fan of graphic novels and love reading criticisms like this one where a colleague tries to degrade the genre into a collection of weak, pithy, quickly assembled books that cater to our lowest readers and detract students from discovering the true literary gems of our collections. Ha!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Results.

At last, an end.

Nine silver crates stacked high with cardboard shipping boxes await pick-up on Wednesday morning by Scholastic's shipping team.

Another successful Scholastic fair for the books with plenty of knowledge gained along the way.

Here's the short list:
1. If you read it, they will come.
2. QR codes, for the time being, were more for self-satisfaction.
and
3. Want to boost donations in the change drive? Offer to shave your head.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Books for Us: Stuck

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Stuck
by Oliver Jeffers

Published Nov. 10, 2011 by Philomel (978-0399257377)


I have discovered a new favorite and it fills my heart with joy. Have you too read Stuck, by chance? As author and artist Oliver Jeffers puts it, here is "a tale of trying to solve a problem by THROWING things at it." 


The story: A young boy's kite gets caught in a tree and, by no lack of effort on the part of the boy, there remains stuck. He tries throwing things to loosen the kite, beginning with his favorite shoe. Fail after fail does not dismay the boy as he tosses a ladder, a bucket of paint, an orangutan, the neighbor's house, a whale, and countless other objects into the tree to knock loose the kite. The object that finally frees the kite? Well... you'll have to read to find out, but it certainly won't disappoint.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love.

Love is in the air, as is the sickly sweet smell of a couple hundred cupcakes.

With the book fair still in full swing and, thereby, the media center completed invaded by Scholastic, I took to the homerooms this week to bring our students something special. 

Namely, My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall (Greenwillow Books, Dec. 2009).

Lots to love about Michael Hall's first picture book.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Nifty.

Is it weird that I read mommy blogs?

Well... now that we're past that, let me just shout out to The Bearded Iris for posting some homemade eCards and inspiring me to make a bunch for myself. Definitely check out here Muffins with Mommy post for some witty mommy goodness ala things that kids say to their teachers about their folks. (Because you know there are legions of teachers this week who are having their students write heart-shaped acrostics, "things I love about you" letters, and decorating brown bag valentine baskets all in the name of our favoritest of Hallmark holidays.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Good Grows.

Funny how things don't happen for a reason.

I was supposed to welcome nineteen preservice teacher librarians to our school last night to teach a graduate class on collection development, but a little bit of sketchy weather conditions foiled all after school activities. Class cancelled (or, rather, postponed). 

The book fair was supposed to arrive at the school last Friday and a bunch of us planned to stay after school to set it up. Instead, it arrived at 6:45am Monday morning. The fair had to be set up in 15-30 minute increments in between my classes. And this was all done without help.

With classes previewing the fair, this was supposed to be a week of catching up on grading. Instead, piles continue to grow as I turn my attention to various needs in and around our library. Our media assistant is out of the building all week on account of family grievance leave (our prayers are with her family). Things are not getting done (though, in defense, the library is still well-maintained).

But of these things not happening, good grows. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

Great Anticipation.

Great anticipation.

That's what I like most about our annual book fair.

It's great that we raise money to purchase more books for the collection. It's worth celebrating that our change drive will enable us to purchase a book for at least one child per homeroom who otherwise would not be able to afford one. It's fun that we can take a theme (this year it's a reading luau) and get festive over the decorations and, in this case, the hanging of humongous paper palm trees.

But the anticipation is what gets me.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Zombies.

(on a Thursday)

Mmmm... her middle child's head
looks like BRAINS!!!
I recently had the esteemed privilege of writing a guest post for Motherhood: Truth, a mommy blog with a particular Zombie Tuesday habit that I love to love.
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