Saturday, July 19, 2014

Validated by the fact that ‘Food Chaining’ is a thing

Book cover: "Food Chaining," by Chery Fraker, et. al. Cover image combines a cartoon-like illustration of an apple, carrot, a meat, tomato, lettuce and cheese sandwich and a child gazing at a beverage in a cup with straw, with the photo of a child holding a slice of bread so that it obscures his or her face.
“Validation” would be my choice if I had to name my feelings reading this statement by Loree Primeau, PhD: “Since feeding involves all sensory systems (sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste), eating is the most difficult sensory task that children face.”

Eating continues to be the most difficult sensory task for this woman on the autism spectrum.

To expand my palate, my husband and I take an approach very similar to the “food chaining” discussed by Primeau at Aspergers101.

It takes time for me to get used to an unfamiliar food, and it requires considerable fortitude to be willing to try new things. An experience that is already fraught with challenges on the basis of unfamiliar or unpleasant tastes or textures is further burdened by past experiences and prevalent social attitudes.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

‘The Fault in Our Stars’ read-alike library display

Tall, vertical, John Green read-alike display featuring the covers of books similar to his YA novel, "The Fault in Our Stars." A cloud-shaped cut-out at the top of the display proclaims, "If You Like John Green."

Here’s something I’d love to duplicate in the Bellview Elementary School library — customized for our students’ reading preferences — when school resumes this fall.

Created by Julie Wood and showcased at Library Displays, this is a John Green read-alike display, “relevant to the current movie release of ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’”

In her description of the display, Wood discusses design motifs that played off the color scheme and cloud motif on the original book jacket art.

The blog administrator pairs Wood’s display with a link to a Buzzfeed compilation by Arielle Calderon, “17 Books to Read if You Liked ‘The Fault in Our Stars.’”

Teen crafting: Mobile device carrying pouch

Purple felt pouch with a deep-burgundy flap folded over the top and secured with a white button. The pouch is stitched at bottom and sides with a blanket stitching, which also outlines the edge of the flap and forms a loop for the button closure. The pouch is decorated with two diagonal stripes, in shades of pale and hot pink in the lower left corner of the pouch and with a hot pink stripe across the flap.

Looking ahead with fall “Teen Crafternoon” ideas for the Ashland Branch Library teen department and Jackson County Library Services: How about a carrying pouch for a hand-held device?

Netflix and libraries: Crucial differences

“The library is not a Netflix for books.” For Bookriot.com, Kelly Jensen explains crucial differences between Netflix and libraries: the former being a for-profit company that bases its service upon the level of access paid for, while the latter provide equitable access and services to any and all of its patrons.