Friday, October 31, 2014

‘Little Free Libraries’ in Ashland, Oregon

Birdhouse-shaped outdoor cabinet-like structure filled with books
File photo/Little Free Library
What a wonderful surprise during our first year in Ashland, Oregon, to discover “Little Free Libraries” appearing on residential streets — the closest just a few blocks from our home.

I love these little cabinet-like structures that are filled with free books. An article in the Ashland Daily Tidings profiles some library builders.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Yarn Bombing: ‘Support Libraries’ at library in Israel

Crocheted yarnbombing tag, "Support Libraries" in Hebrew, attached around a branch secured horizontally to forking branches in a tree. The tree is next to the wall of a building and a slatted wooden sign with Hebrew letters is propped against the wall.

“Support Libraries.” My first international yarn-bombing tag was installed by an emissary at a community library in Israel. The image has also been added to the timeline at Yarn Bombing @ Your Library.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

‘Year of the Book’ by Andrea Cheng

Book cover: Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng. A girl holding a book looks back toward a girl behind her who leans forward as if to see, from over her shoulder, what the first girl is reading.
Sometimes the connection between reader and character doesn’t have to be something as visible or “obvious” as race; if the reader of a book can view the character as being like him- or herself, then that book is serving as a “mirror.”

I deeply related to Anna Wang, main character in The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng. We don’t have a cultural heritage in common, but both of us are sewers/designers.

Anna has sewn a lunch bag out of repurposed fabric and she makes it the subject of a classroom essay on the subject of “Perseverance.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Continuing interest in information literacy

Learning to evaluate websites for credibility has been an ongoing subject for concern, revisited this week in response to an assignment for LIBT 210, School Library/Media Center Operations.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Does multicultural literature get the details right?

In my online Children’s Literature class this week, I was asked to address the metaphors of multicultural literature as a “mirror” and a “window.”

Teen Crafternoon begins new year at Ashland library

Elaborately painted skull-mask in green and purple designs
Source of image:
Ashland Teen Library Fans
Who else is looking forward to a new year of Teen Crafternoon with the Ashland library teen department, Jackson County Library Services?

First off, participants will paint masks for Day of the Dead, 4 p.m. today.

I found my niche volunteering at Ashland library through summer craft events, and am looking forward to another school-year volunteering each month with Teen Crafternoon.

The Ashland Branch Library is located at 410 Siskiyou Blvd. For more information, contact the library’s teen department, 541-774-6994.