Aw, honey

Sep. 22nd, 2012 11:31 am
checkers65477: (Beach)
Conversation with a student this week:

Me: ...so, if you want to put a reserve on a book, you just write the title and your name here, and we'll let you know when the book is ready for you to pick up.
Student:  *writes*
Student, looks up at me, eyebrow raised: You can read cursive, can't you?

I assured him that not only can I read cursive, I can actually write it, too.

F-list--can you???
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Did y'all watch Glee this week--the part where the AV Club president girl sneezes on Principal Figgins, and you see the sneeze in slo-mo?

Well, that sort of happened to me today.

Twice.

First, I had just bent over to point to something in a student's book, and he went "coughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcoughcough" on me.  I am not kidding. 

Then later, there was a kid who normally is a sweetheart.  He came in to do research with this look on his face, sat down and would not do a single thing.  I asked what was wrong, but he wouldn't talk to me.  I cajoled him into doing a little, and when he came in later to check out a book, I leaned in close and whispered, "so, what was the deal with social studies class?  What was wrong?"  And he replied, "well, I have a REALLY sore throat and I feel terrible."

*headdesk*

Also, this today:

child:  *sits and stares at questions he's supposed to be answering*
me:  Ok, time to get to work!
child: *rolls eyes* I'm using my prior knowledge!

Allllllllso, these are pretty hilarious for library school humor:

Library School: Hurts So Good

and

Library School: Get Swingin'


Happy Thanksgiving, all!  I'm off to make pies!
checkers65477: (library science)
"It's still National Library Week. You should be especially nice to a librarian today, or tomorrow. Sometime this week, anyway. Probably the librarians would like tea. Or chocolates. Or a reliable source of funding."— Neil Gaiman
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Played a fun game with a couple of classes on Friday.

I was able to place a good-sized book order recently and got all the lovely new fiction books ready to go. On Friday, a 7th grade class came in and sat in a circle. I gave each of them one of the new books. I had them talk about how they evaluate a book and what criteria they use to determine whether a book might be the right one for them. They came up with good answers--the cover, blurbs on the flyleaf and back, whether the author is one they're familiar with, whether the book is in a series they've read, the genre, how hard or easy the vocab seems, etc. All the same things adults do without thinking much about it.

Analysis and evaluation is an important skill at this age. It plays a much bigger part of their writing assignments and, in a lot of cases, thinking about it as a skill we all do is new to them. You'd be surprised how students's thinking changes about this age (12). Some of the 11-year-olds cannot understand that the hardback and pb of the same book (with different covers) are the same. I tell them that every word inside is the same, but they're just not buying it. It's weird how concretely some of them still think. At 12, on average, they become capable of doing a whole lot more.

ANYWAY, as jade would say, I told them they had 30 seconds to look at the book they were holding. At 30 seconds I said, "Switch" and they passed the book to the left. We continued switching books for 15 minutes until they'd looked at 30 books, then they got a chance to check out the ones they liked. It was pretty cool. You could have heard a pin drop while they were looking at the books. They seemed to really enjoy it. I wish they could have had longer than 30 seconds per book but we just didn't have any more time than that.

Ah, new books. How I love you.
checkers65477: (stabbity)
I want to play a game with my book club, and I need the names of really well-known characters from children's fantasy and sci fi books.   Ones that most of the kids will have heard of.  

So far I've come up with Frodo, Dumbledore, King Arthur, Hermione Granger, Artemis Fowl, Alex Rider, Merlin.  Who else who else???  I'd like to have both male and female characters and I'd prefer not to use generic fairy tale characters like Cinderella.  But some of these kids are only 11 and I'm not sure yet how well-read they are.

(I'll put the names on sticky labels and each kid will get one stuck to their backs.  They have to figure out who they are by asking other kids only yes or no questions.)

Thanks, everyone!
checkers65477: (Jimmy Eat World)
A couple of days ago a small 6th grader came to the library because he couldn't get his computer login to work.  I looked up his login info and told him what he was doing wrong, then we had this conversation:

Me:  Here's the correct login information.  Why don't you go ahead and try it now?
6th grader:  Ok.  *types in login and password info*

*waits*
*waits*
*waits*

Me:  C'mon computer.  C'mon baby.  You can do it.
6th grader:  *studies me for a moment*
6th grader:  C'mon computer.
Me:  C'MON BABY!  YOU CAN DO IT!  LOGIN!
6th grader:  *getting into it* YEAH!  C'MON!

*computer logs in*

6th Grader:  BOOYEAH!

And he holds his fist out...

TO FISTBUMP.  WITH THE LIBRARIAN. 

Sometimes it's just the smallest things.


book club

Mar. 8th, 2009 09:23 pm
checkers65477: (Bad Example)
I haven't mentioned enough times this year how much I love my book club kids. 

Read more... )

At the club meeting we were talking about what we should do between now and the end of the year.  They want to make up fantasy-book-related games and play them.  The suggestions got more and more elaborate and ridiculous until Peter shouted, "I know!  Let's play the Hunger Games!"  I had to convince them that playing a game to the death in the school library is probably not the best idea.  They were pretty enthusiastic, though.

checkers65477: (WTF Orlando)
The display (including the darling duckies).

Arrr! )

The kids could use the rope to tie knots, and the laptop to translate English to Pirate or to learn their cool pirate names. Mine?
My pirate name is:
Red Bess Rackham
Passion is a big part of your life, which makes sense for a pirate. You have the good fortune of having a good name, since Rackham (pronounced RACKem, not rack-ham) is one of the coolest sounding surnames for a pirate. Arr!
Get your own pirate name from piratequiz.com.
part of the fidius.org network

Blech

May. 23rd, 2008 12:27 pm
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I just weeded a couple hundred fiction books.  Guess how that makes me feel?

SAD.

But it has to be done.

Ack!  The polka dots on my new journal style are not showing up.  They are housed on photobucket.  Curse you, work filter!  Must upload the dots to LJ, I guess.

I bought a copy of Cygnet by Patricia McKillip at the used bookstore.  How is it?  Should I read it next?
checkers65477: (Default)
We finally had our school author visit this week! 


Wow, what a long post.  Feel free to skim. 
checkers65477: (library science)
I'm off to do something fun (I hope) next week.

My state provides funding for the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching, which offers classes and seminars in the Appalachian Mountains in the western part of the state, near the campus of Western Carolina University.  Teachers can apply to go to week-long classes and the program pays to put you up in their facility and funds a substitute teacher while you're gone.  A group of us are going to learn more about using things like wikis and blogs as teaching tools.  We get to use Western's library and fitness center.  It's a beautiful area and I'm excited about going--I've been to Asheville before, but never to Cullowhee. 

I'll still be around, though.  Virtually, that is.  
checkers65477: (WTF Orlando)
Being at the beginning of a book challenge, I found this particularly amusing.
checkers65477: (English)
It's not often enough that Library of Congress Subject Headings make the newspaper.

The front page, no less!  This is the Washington Post version.

The DA

Jan. 23rd, 2008 09:21 pm
checkers65477: (Yay!)
I want to tell everyone in the world about my awesome, awesome, AWESOME school book club.

checkers65477: (WTF Orlando)
checkers65477: (Disapproves)
Anyone who thinks libraries should arrange their books like bookstores is a fricking idiot.

Oh, and Borders?  "Should be in store"?  That really doesn't help a whole lot and I disapprove of that phrase.  Either it's in the store or it isn't, and your computer ought to know.

But thank you for the 25% teacher discount, and the Buy-Four-Manga-Get-the-Fifth-One-Free deal.
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The last bit, I promise.


Saw this on John Green's blog site:
"July shall be NAtional Finish A Revision Of Your Book I Mean Seriously Come On Month (NAFAROYBIMSCOM). Anyone joining me?"

ALA! Pt. 2

Jul. 3rd, 2007 04:53 pm
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A continuation from the previous post.  The YALSA YA Breakfast and the Newbery/Caldecott Banquet.


Oh, and the dessert was awesome.   Then I went back to my hotel room and hacked into an unsecured wireless network.  Take that, Hilton!

Next post:  The highlight of the conference, the Printz Reception.  

ALA! Pt. 1

Jul. 2nd, 2007 09:32 pm
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This post is long overdue, and many have heard some of my stories by now, but I promised a post about the ALA Annual Conference and here it is.


Tomorrow I'll continue with tall tales of the YA Author Breakfast, the Newbery Banquet and the Printz Reception.
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In preparation for ALA this weekend, I've made an effort to read the Newbery winners and some of the Printz books.  Since I discovered Google Alerts I'm a little nervous about reviewing books.  Authors and crazy fangirls (Sounisians, for example) can find these blog babies with no trouble and I'm not thrilled with most of the books.  But I'm entitled to my opinion and won't be too harsh.


I admit that I prefer books for older readers more than most for younger, and that may have something to do with my feelings about these.  

I also read American Born Chinese and am on my way to pick up An Abundance of Katherines.  I started Rules but don't know if I can prod myself to read it.  We'll see.

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