Sunday, May 24, 2015

Yarn-bomb tribute to words and libraries

Posted to Yelp by “Tami S.” circa April 17, 2015, a yarnbombing of bicycle racks at the San Mateo Public Library for National Library Week 2015. Knitted black letters against a yellow background read, “Words are,/In My/Not-So-Humble Opinion/Our Most/Inexhaustible/Source of Magic.”

Cross-posted from Yarn Bombing at Your Library on Facebook

Summer reading at Jackson County libraries

Collection of bookmarks on their sides, facing forward, in a basket labeled 'Bookmarks.' Bright orange bookmarks in the front of the stack proclaim that 'Every Hero Has a Story! Find Your Superpower at the Ashland Children's Library. Smaller typeface details events of the summer 2015 reading program.

Jackson County libraries’ summer reading program starts as soon as school finishes. During these final days of the year in Bellview Elementary School library, I’m promoting the summer reading program by making bookmarks available.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

‘Kelsey Green, Reading Queen’ by Claudia Mills

Book cover, Kelsey Green, Reading Queen. Illustration depicts a girl walking with her head upturned, looking into a book that she holds above her head with her left hand. She carries another book in her right hand.
In Kelsey Green, Reading Queen by Claudia Mills (Farrar, Straus and Girouz, 2013), third-grader Kelsey Green is determined to win recognition for being the top reader in her class and hold Mr. Boone, school principal, to his promise that he will shave off his beard if the students can read 2,000 books.

Like Kelsey, reading was the thing that I was good at when I went to school, and I thoroughly related to Mills’ heroine.

Kelsey’s competitive drive prompts her to look for the shortest, easiest books possible, within the boundaries of her teacher’s insistence that students must read books at a level appropriate to their abilities.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New chapter in ALA membership

I’m embarking on a new chapter in my American Library Association (ALA) membership. Each year, starting in May 2011, I purchased an ALA membership. This ongoing affiliation is as much a gift to myself as it is a professional investment.

Scholastic Book Fair ‘dollars’ provide books for Bellview library

Stack of books, their spines visible with library spine labeling. Behind the stack are vertical rolls of protective dust-jacket covering.

A delivery by Heather Loring of Scholastic Book Fair purchases was a highlight this week in Bellview Elementary School library. The books’ delivery followed a successful conclusion to this year’s spring book fair.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I want to decorate that knitted T-shirt

A knitted update to the classic baseball T-shirt appeared in my Facebook timeline, linking to a pattern from designer Ysolda Teague on Ravelry. Imagine the charted-design possibilities for the T-shirt’s front panel! The Sharrow design perhaps? Or maybe ... Social sharing credit goes to Erin Duffy, pattern editor at Shibui Knits (my knitting instructor at The Web-sters in Ashland, Oregon).

Sunday, May 17, 2015

YA novels’ treatment of sexual identity and faith

Here’s an essay that resonated in my dual capacities of aspiring youth librarian and administrative coordinator of Religious Explorations for a Unitarian Universalist church. For School Library Journal, contributor Robert Bittner discusses young adult (YA) novels’ treatment of LGBTQ youth and faith. He argues that the “either/or” nature of many of these books “creates an unhelpful dichotomy between those who are queer and those who are Christian (or, in some ways, spiritual in any sense of the word).” He articulates a need for YA books that depict an ability for sexual identity to co-exist with faith.