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Fun for You and Your Students November 28, 2006

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President Bush All the Money to Libraries We have been talking about adding a library computer class on Fun Things to Play With on the Web.  Here is an example of one for you to have fun with too–Comic Strip Generator.  This is just one of the many great templates.  Hmm, this is one way to wake up the audience during PowerPoint presentations!  Please don’t let me have all the fun.  Join me in the  fun  here.    Sharyn


Giving Thanks for Libraries (and Librarians) November 22, 2006

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I was thinking about Thanksgiving tomorrow and all the things that I have to be thankful for, and likewise what libraries and librarians have to be thankful for.  Then I happened upon a MomBlog called Readable Feast by Anne-Marie Nichols titled, “Giving Thanks for Libraries, Librarians and Waffles”  that I want to share with you. 

It’s nice to be appreciated, and to see ourselves through the eyes of our customers.  By the way, the librarian graphic is the one that she used in her blog.  There is also a great recipe here  for Pumpkin Waffles!  Enjoy.   Happy Thanksgiving.


Teen Boys and Reading November 21, 2006

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teen reading 

My son read everything and almost anything growing up and he still does.  So, as a mother and a librarian I did not have to try hard to interest him in reading or convince him of the power of books. 

Not so all boys, especially teen boys.   Beyond Harry Potter,  it’s hard to find books of interest to teens.  A local author featured in our Marathon County Reads, Gerald Morris, writes adventurous books about  knights, castles and chivalry, and the teens love them.   Several other new authors and publishers are attracting this group and librarians would be wise to buy and promote them. Teens can’t play games all the time, or can they?

The Associated Press list titled “Books that might resonate with teenage boys” in this week’s newspaper may be of interest.  Included on this list are:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • Dark Water Rising by Marian Hale
  • Deadly Invaders by Denise Grady
  • Desperate Journey by Jim Murphy
  • The Dragon’s Eye by Dugald A. Steer
  • The Eldest by Christopher Paolini
  • Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
  • Maximum Ride:  Schools’s Out Forever by James Patterson
  • One-Handed Catch by M.J. Auch
  • Operation Typhoon Shore by Joshua Mowll
  • Peter and the Shadow Thieves by Dave Berry and Ridley Pearson

 And if this doesn’t give you enough ideas, the new book by Anita Silvey, 500 Great Books for Teens will.  Let’s get those teens lining up to come into our doors for more than the Internet!


Making Dreams Come True November 15, 2006

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 While I was on the treadmill at the gym recently,  I began browsing an issue of Family Circle magazine for August 2006.  An article titled “True Believers” caught my eye, especially the words in caps under the title which read:

When you stop making excuses,
Stop listening to the naysayers,
And stop fearing failure,
Only then
Can you start making your dreams come true
(Meredith Maran)

Think about what dreams can come true at our libraries for us and our customers when we apply this!   Let’s make them happen.


Best of the Best Web 2.0 November 14, 2006

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 Web 2.0

So many new sites, so little time.  How can we keep up?  The Best of the Best Web 2.0 Web Sites  list, compiled by RealWorld Software Development may help.   It encompasses social bookmarking sites, social communities, wikis, aggregators, to-do lists, people news  sites, image storing and sharing, file storage, video storage,  word processing, calendars, mash-ups, project management software, and more.  See the list here.


Where Our Customers Are November 10, 2006

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Marathon County Public Libary 

Tonight while I was posting photos of our  library’s new customer area, created after we relocated shelves of reference books, I noticed that a comment was already made on Flickr on one photo. 

This is a clear demonstration of how libraries and librarians have to be active participants in the Web 2.0 world.  We need to be in our customers’ space, which is really after all our space too, and create a dialogue with our users.  They are obviously ready, willing, and eager to talk to us.  We better be eager and ready to talk to them on their terms, in their way, in their space!  Besides, what a great way to toot our horn and demonstrate how exciting and vibrant libraries are.

The picture above is of Ruth and Kitty who worked hard to decorate this area with a limited budget.  They put their heart and soul into it, moving  furniture, shopping, sewing curtains, talking to decorators. View the other photos on Flickr here


The Five Balls of Life November 9, 2006

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 Juggling balls

“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity.  And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. And once you understand the lesson of the five balls, you will have the beginnings of balance in your life”.

—From Suzanne’s Diary For Nicholas
by James Patterson. Copyright © 2001 by
SueJack, Inc.Little, Brownand Company, Inc.

Children’s Fantasy Writing November 5, 2006

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Peter Pan in Scarlet 

 I am not a Children’s Libarian,  but I love fiction that jump starts my imagination.  Today on To the Best of Our Knowledge on National Public Radio,  I heard an excellent broadcast on children’s fantasy writing titled “Lions, Witches and Wizards”.  It was such a fascinating broadcast that I want to share it with others who may have missed it.   I know that I am not too old to enjoy reading these books.

Geraldine McCaughrean, who wrote a sequel to Peter Pan titled “Peter Pan in Scarlet”, was interviewed and read a segment from her book.   A wonderful BBC Radio dramatization of her book is an exciting  part of this segment.  Other authors interviewed were Matthew Skelton, author of a new novel titled “Endymion Spring,” which was described as a “Da Vinci Code” novel for kids.  This sounds like my kind of book,  with old manuscripts, libraries, and magic.  

Irish author Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl books  and Tamora Pierce were also interviewed. Pierce’s  newest “Beka Cooper” book is titled “Terrier”.   Pierce discusses why she enjoys creating strong female heroines in her stories.   

See accompanying materials, links to authors’ websites, and listen to the broadcast here.