Archive for the ‘reading’ Category

I’ve been working on my Masters degree in School Library and Information Technology through Mansfield University, in Mansfield, PA, for quite some time now, and I’ll be finished in December.  A classmate of mine, Elizabeth Walsh, posted an article from Dr. Jamie McKenzie’s blog and publishing company, From Now On, that brings up some good points about why we need libraries and certified professional librarians in our schools. 

This got me thinking–I’ve been slowly but surely trying to update and improve my library for my students and staff, but it’s been slow going.  This year, it came to a standstill when my library suddenly became the repository for 19 SMARTBoards and their accoutrements in September.  They were supposed to have been installed at some point near the end of last year, but that’s neither here nor there.  The SMARTBoards are almost all gone, but I’ve been doing lots of reading and research for my classwork, and it has inspired me even further.  I’ll be posting updates on this blog, as well as on my school library web page, but I think 2010-2011 will be a year filled with changes.  It already ahs been anyway.  But my static little library could use a shake-up, if not a total renovation, and it has to start with me.  I’ll post more of my plan here.  Thanks, Beth and Dr. McKenzie!


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270 to Win

For all you Social Studies, American History, and Civics/Government instructors out there, one of my teachers has turned my attention to a rather nifty site called 270towin.com.  He has an entire worksheet that he made up to help his students with the assignment that involves this web site, but if you would like to peruse and possibly use this site yourselves, here’s the link:


And yes, as promised, I’ll be providing sweet, hot linkage to scary Halloween reads soon.  Until then, go out to my web site and check out what I linked up through Bartleby.com, or if you like, simply go to either Bartleby.com or Project Gutenberg and look for your own delightfully creepy titles.  But here’s my link (shameless self-promotion?  You better believe it!):


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FYI–I just received this in today’s mail at school, and this may be something for all you YA and school librarians, as well as some of you English teachers who enjoy educational web stuff and web reviews.  The web site is Flamingnet.com (http://www.flamingnet.com) and along with the cute, reading-bookworm graphic and the book covers of the most recently reviewed titles, it looks pretty good.  I was so impressed with it that I linked it here as well as on my own school library page, and I plan on making an announcement about it Monday at school via the school announcement sheets.  I’ve got kids who would love to get involved with something like this.  I highly recommend this!

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Awesome Stories

I know it’s been awhile, for which Iapologize.  I’m going to make up for it throughout the day today when I’m not helping with EOCs.  Just got a cool link from Carole Bos at Grand Valley College.  Looking for interesting historical content online?  Then check out awesomestories.com.  Sign up for an account and knock yourself out. 

Martin Luther King Day is January 21, and one of the best ways to find resources (besides, of course, going to your local library) is to hit the Library of Congress web site.  Another good source, especially for copyright and resource guidelines for their documentation, is through the King Institute, which can be found at http://www.stanford.edu/group/King/index.htm

We started finals today at my school.  They’ll continue on Monday, so I’m hoping the weather holds out.  Much as I love snow days, I love starting second semester more.  Second semester literally means we’re halfway there, we’re almost done, and we’re that much closer to graduation for our seniors.  My library’s looking better now than it did at the beginning of the year, but there’s still a ton of stuff yet to be done.  Of all those annoying New Year’s resolutions that I keep hoping will improve me, worktime organization always tops the list, and annually I renew this.  Maybe one day it’ll actually happen.

Enjoy the links, and look for more stuff later today.  Ah, testing. . .

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With a nod, of course, to the comedic genius of Monty Python!

Yes, I know we just got through that whole holiday stint, which starts around Halloween and won’t end until Tuesday.

But I think there’s never a right or wrong season for good reading, and one of my favorite things to read are–horror stories! After all, Charles Dickens wrote the most famous holiday ghost story, A Christmas Carol, and it’s one of my favorite holiday reads.

One of my favorite sites for such fare, besides, of course, Project Gutenberg, is Monster Librarian. Chock full o’ creepy goodness, book reviews for all ages, and press releases galore in regard to new stuff that may actually be worth dropping cash on, it’s one of my creeped-out faves.

For those of you who appreciate slightly creepy yet rather tame artwork, there’s always the Edward Gorey House web site, edwardgoreyhouse.org.

Of course, there’s always the Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, who has an entire Society dedicated to him in Baltimore and around the US.  Check ’em out at www.eapoe.org.

And of course, thank heavens for Mark and Mark, of Weird New Jersey, and their constant search for all things weird in the Great State of NJ as well as across the country!

Did I miss a few?  I’m sure I did!  Please let me know and send me links so I may update!

Hope everyone has a kickin’ New Year’s Eve and I’ll see you in 2008, if not before then!

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