Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Read Across America Day: Time to bring out my hat

To the left, my black cat Starfire, shown in profile, faces a blue-and-gold striped 'Cat in the Hat' felt hat with a fabric-printed and quilted brown tabby cat appliqued onto it.
Sewing helper Starfire and friend
Time once again to bring out my “Cat in the Hat” hat for Read Across America Day, which is being observed on Monday, March 2 to commemorate the birthday of children’s author Dr. Seuss. I made this hat out of felt, and the appliqued cat is from a repurposed potholder. The lovely model is Miss Starfire.

The “Dr. Seuss Wall” (actually a length of paper from a newspaper end-roll) is up again in Bellview library too, and I’m hoping that staff, students, parents and visitors will share their favorite Dr. Seuss quotes.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Friends of Medford Library ‘clearance event’

Clip art of books in a paperbag, their spines visible from the perspective of looking down into top opening of the bag.
Source of image:
Friends of the Medford Library
From Friends of the Medford Library, comes word of the “biggest clearance event” it’s ever had, from noon to 3:30 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 27, and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 28. If you haven’t yet been to the book shop that Friends operates out of the Medford library, it’s definitely worth a visit. “This special ‘sale’ lets you take books for free and donate whatever amount of money you want.” Proceeds help Friends support the Medford library by “enhancing library programs and services for children and adults.” Medford library is located at 205 S. Central Ave.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Bookmark: ‘Bully-Free Begins With Me’

Originally created last October for Bullying Prevention Month, my “Bully-Free Begins With Me” bookmarks have been a steady source of interest among students visiting Bellview library. And so, this past week, I photocopied more bookmarks to replenish my supply.

The image came from the website of the Pacific Alliance On Disability Self Advocacy, but I’ve encountered it on numerous education and non-profit websites around the Internet. Its depiction of people, each unique but all holding hands, seemed a fitting image to emphasize the importance of accepting and even welcoming differences.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Autism Speaks 10-year anniversary: Autistic people and allies answer back

A special hashtag, promoted by Autism Speaks to celebrate its 10-year anniversary, has been co-opted by autistic people and their allies to deliver stinging messages of rebuke.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Online discussion of diversity in library profession

Mug shot: Courtney Louise Young
Courtney Louise Young
In her column for American Libraries, January/February 2015, American Libraries Association president Courtney Young invites readers to join a “Diversity Membership Initiative Group to advance a commitment to diversity: “not only fostering the diversity of the profession but also working to ensure that we are serving all segments of our populations.”

For reasons that are both professional and personal, I share this commitment to diversity. On Dec. 29, I applied and was accepted for membership in the Diversity MIG.