Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Children’s literature: ‘Too white’ among other things

At Call and Response/UUA Blogs, Susan Lawrence raises a thought-provoking and timely question, “Is Children’s Literature Too White?” The statistics she cites concerning racial and ethnic authorship and representation in children’s literature suggests the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Bellview Elementary School library ‘Top 10’


Oregon Battle of the Books is behind us, but in Bellview Elementary library, I’ve been promoting student participation in the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice and Oregon Readers’ Choice awards. I’m gratified to see award nominees on this most recent “Top 10” list.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Spring break

It’s spring break at the Ashland schools this week and I already miss working in Bellview library.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

‘Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate’

Book cover: Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate by Cynthia Kim. Image depicts a woman shown in profile, wearing a thigh-length, sleeveless, flowered dress, walking down a street and swinging a purse that she holds onto by its strap.
I could thoroughly relate to Cynthia Kim’s experiences in Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, A User Guide to an Asperger Life (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015). Kim and I grew up during a time when our condition was not understood or documented to the degree that it is today.

“Like a lot of autistic adults of my generation, I made it well into middle age before realizing that I wasn’t just shy or weird or nerdy. That I wasn’t going to outgrow my quirks and wake up one day to suddenly find I was ‘normal.’”

With candor and honesty, Kim writes about early challenges: about being bullied and then later becoming a “mean girl” herself.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cat stuffie from repurposed sweater and socks

Cylindrical toy, cut out of brown sweater fabric with ears to suggest a cat's head. The eyes are two buttons and it wears a blue hat between its ears. The body is covered by a length of multicolored, graffiti-print sock material. The cat's tail, of brown sweater material, is visible in the back. Cylindrical stuffed toy, cut out of brown sweater fabric with ears to suggest a cat's head. The eyes are two buttons and it wears a blue hat between its ears. The body is covered by a length of pale green and yellow-striped sock material. In the right foreground, a human hand holds a small metal box with an orange tabby cat painted on the lid.

This little cat-like creature came home with me after spending an enjoyable “Teen Crafternoon” in the teen department, Ashland branch library. I constructed the cat’s body from a repurposed sweater and fashioned it a couple changes of clothing from the legs of socks. Watch for regular teen activities during the school year and during Jackson County Library Services’ summer reading program.

Friday, March 13, 2015

‘Teen Crafternoon’: We’re making ‘sock creatures’

Socks in a variety of colors and patterns arranged in spiral pattern
Source of image: Ashland Teen Library on Facebook
Check out all the colors and patterns in these socks and now imagine the possibilities: making “sock creatures” during “Teen Crafternoon,” noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. I’m looking forward to it.