Monday, April 21, 2014

Independent campaigns for Jackson County libraries

Bicycle hitching post covered with knitted slipcover in multicovered stripes. The horizontal bar has multi-colored knit letterforms that spell out "Vote for the Library" against a pale-yellow background.
Ashland library yarn-bomb on the Libraries for All website
Every single corner of Jackson County has “its own little independent campaign” in support of a library district, according to Cathy Shaw speaking to the Medford Mail Tribune.

Project Gutenberg: eBooks and MARC records

My explorations of Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) records for eBooks led me to Project Gutenberg, which bills itself as “the first producer of free ebooks.” Its online selections include several categories in its Children’s Bookshelf, many of which are sure to be of value in elementary and middle-school collections.

MARC records for eBook files

As a follow-up to the eReader training I observed on April 16, my local internship coordinator, Karen Angiolet, has me researching Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) records for eBooks. During the training, three Kindle Fire HD seven-inch tablets were added to the online catalogs of participating Medford schools.

Friday, April 18, 2014

ALA award-winning books in Bellview library

The second shipment in a recent book order arrived this week in Bellview Elementary School library. My thanks to Kiwanis Club of Ashland, Oregon, which supported these library purchases. Among the new arrivals are recent recipients of American Library Association youth media awards, including Caldecott, Newbery, Pura Belpré and the Schneider Family Book Award.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Kindle eReader training at Medford IMC

During a training at the Medford School District Instructional Media Center, Elementary Media Specialist Karen Angiolet walked several media technicians through setting up Kindle devices for use in their respective libraries.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

‘Anything But Typical’ by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Book cover: Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin. Abstract swirling designs erupt from a boy's white-silhouetted head
In Anything But Typical, 12-year-old narrator Jason Blake confronts the contradictions of the neurotypical world. His creative-fiction writing is a valuable strength that he draws upon for insight.

In Jason, author Nora Raleigh Baskin has given this reader a character with whom she found plenty to relate.

Anything But Typical was a recipient in 2010 of the Schneider Family Book Award, ages 11 to 13 division, which honors “artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences.”

Anything But Typical and Erin Frankel’s Weird! trilogy are the newest additions to my list of recommended books for people on the autism spectrum. I curated this list to highlight books that I believe to be of value to an autistic readership.

National Library Workers Day

Libraries work because we do. Happy National Library Workers Day, always on the Tuesday during National Library Week. How do you plan to celebrate?