Tuesday, July 29, 2014

‘Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life’ by Karen Armstrong

Book cover: Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong
In Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, Karen Armstrong relates how she asked the nonprofit group Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) to help her create a Charter for Compassion that would be written by leading thinkers from a variety of faiths.
“Thousands of people from all over the world contributed to a draft charter on a multilingual website in Hebrew, Arabic, Urdu, Spanish, and English; their comments were presented to the Council of Conscience, a group of notable individuals from six faith traditions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism) who met in Switzerland in February 2009 to compose the final version.”

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hand-knit sock, shaped for right foot

Right foot wearing a hand-knit sock in forest green. Arranged with it are a ball of yarn with knitting needles, nylon thread, a book by Ann Budd: Getting Started Knitting Socks, and a carrying case with clear cover through which more yarn is visible.

I’ve completed the right foot in my first knit pair of socks. (And yes, it really is tailored specifically for the right foot through my placement of toe-shaping decreases).

Friday, July 25, 2014

‘Navigating Early’ by Clare Vanderpool

Book cover: Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool. Two boys row a boat on a river, surrounded on each side by trees.
Early Auden sees a story in the numbers that make up Pi. His response when confronted with the claim by a professor that the number 1 has disappeared from Pi and that Pi will eventually end, is that “sometimes he’s hard to find for a while, but he always comes back. I always find him.”

In 1945, Early and a classmate, Jack Baker, follow the Appalachian Trail on a quest to “look for Pi.”

As the journey unfolds, Early reveals details about his older brother, reportedly killed during D-Day (the Allied invasion at Normandy).

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Library teen crafting: Decorated book bags

Hand paints a design inside the traced outline of a paisley shape on canvas book bag. Close-up view: Green, gold, yellow and brown paisley design on canvas

Had a great time Tuesday decorating this canvas bag during the Ashland library teen department’s summer crafting activity. Watch the Jackson County Library Services calendar for upcoming activities. Summer reading activities are scheduled at multiple branches in our library system.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Librarians’ importance to Senior/Capstone Projects

Cartoon version of Cynthia M. Parkhill, created with Bitstrips app, sits at a table with paper and pencils in front of her, surrounded by stacks of books. Rows of shelves, filled with books, are in the background. The caption reads, "My near-permanent address for serious research."
Cartoon image created with Bitstrips
In a position statement, the American Association of School Librarians emphasizes the importance of school librarians in Senior/Capstone Projects. From the AASL: “AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner identifies the skills and dispositions vital for students to successfully complete a Senior/Capstone project.”

Color communication: Go, slow or stop

On a table-top: sets of green, yellow and red cards in clear plastic holders, the green card visible on top.
Image credit: Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Initiating conversations and controlling whether or not strangers approach you at a public gathering: Color Communication Badges address these sources of social anxiety. Green, yellow and red cards are available as a set from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

‘Open’ verification of information and source

How do we define verification in 2014? For PBS MediaShift, Julie Posetti writes thoughtful commentary about journalists’ use of social media to verify content and source.