Tuesday, May 3, 2016

‘Superman, Before Truth’: Academic guide

Book cover, 'Superman: Before Truth.' The character of Superman stands in defensive stance. He wears the smoldering ruins of a white button-up shirt and brown slacks over his blue-and-red Superman costume.
For those library personnel who work with young adults, I want to share a free reading and discussion guide for Superman, Vol. 1, Before Truth, a D.C. Comics publication authored by Gene Luen Yang (National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and National Book Award nominee).

You may wish to share this resource with educators at your schools.

Before Truth deals with the issue of online privacy versus public sharing, as Superman receives anonymous text messages from someone who has discovered his secret identity as newspaper reporter Clark Kent.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Rogue Commute Challenge

Two bicycles attached to a bike rack. Text in upper-right corner states, 'For each mile not driven: 0.98 fewer lbs of CO2s are released into our environment.' In lower-right corner, text states, 'Figures according to Washington State Department of Transportation'

In the spirit of reducing our carbon footprint, of enhancing personal wellness and honoring the interdependent web of life, I’m asking co-workers if they'd be interested in forming “Rogue Commute Challenge” teams.

Friday, April 29, 2016

LinkedIn ProFinder locates freelance candidates

Setting aside the hyperbole of the headline (with media coverage by the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times and Dallas Morning News, it simply isn’t true that “nobody” noticed LinkedIn’s entry into the “freelancer-for-hire” marketplace), John Nemo offers an interesting analysis of the new LinkedIn ProFinder.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

‘Bullying is a Pain in the Brain’

Humor is combined with comprehensive advice about bullying in Bullying Is a Pain in the Brain by Trevor Romain (Free Spirit Publishing, May 2016).

This book addresses what I consider essential components to address bullying: including a message that the target of bullying is not at fault for being the victim of abuse, a dispelling of the myth or outdated belief that bullying is a normal part of childhood and an emphasis on the power of bystanders to defuse the bully’s power.

Romain’s text, which was originally copyrighted in 1997, is being released this May in a revised and updated edition.

What’s unique about this book (part of the Laugh & Learn Series) is the humor with which it addresses its subject, without ever weakening the important and serious message.

Steve Mark’s lively, full-color illustrations nicely enhance Romain’s text.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. The opinion expressed is my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Oregon children’s favorite books for 2016

Winning titles were recently announced in two readers’ choice awards that I promoted in Bellview library.

From the Oregon Library Association came word that Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein was the 2016 winner, upper-elementary division, of the Oregon Reader’s Choice Award. And the Oregon Association of School Libraries announced that Charlie Bumpers vs. The Teacher of the Year by Bill Harley was top vote-getter for the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award.

The school community may be interested to know that these awards’ winning titles were favorites among Bellview students too.