Friday, September 26, 2014

‘C’ is for ‘Cat’ with cut-paper shelf marker

On a shelf-marker above a shelf-ful of books, a calico-patterned paper-cutout cat arches its back as it faces a letter C.

One of the highlights this week in Bellview library was the installation by Traci Ordenez of cut-paper shelf markers she made. For Friday cat blogging, here’s a photograph of the shelf marker she made for “C.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Track laps at Bellview Elementary School

A foot-shaped, laminated card, with Miss Cynthia hand-written on it and X-marks through each of 20 smaller feet that are printed on the card. The laminated card is strung from a green beaded chain with two plastic foot medalions. They lie on a portion of my blue-fleece Bellview Bobcats vest.

Bellview track-laps, 40 and counting! A track-laps program is a recess option at Bellview Elementary. Students collect foot-shaped medallions each time they complete 20 laps around the Bellview track. I walk and jog the tracks during evening hours and weekends and keep track of my totals too.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Bellview Elementary School library ‘Top 10’


The results are in, and 2014-2015 selections for Oregon Battle of the Books capture all but two places in the first Bellview Elementary library “Top 10” for the new school year.

My family’s books, organized by Dewey system


Like living in a library: My project this week was to label and then shelve my family’s books in order according to the Dewey Decimal system of classification, with each book assigned a number based upon the book’s subject. Shown here, the books for my library studies are arranged in order numerically.

Feminist Library on Wheels, books on custom tricycle

A woman cuts a ribbon that is stretched across a bookshelf on the back of a tricycle.
A ribbon cutting for the Feminist Library on Wheels.
Image credit: Feminist Library on Wheels on Facebook
The Feminist Library on Wheels, consisting of donated books shelved on a custom-built tricycle, is an “eclectic mix of analytical texts and more leisurely reads.” As related by Aminka Khan for the LA Times, librarians Jean Witte and Dawn Finley said they love “the crowdsourced definition of feminism on the library’s weathered shelves.” This library assistant and cyclist loves the idea of library outreach atop a bicycle.

Social sharing credit: Women Bike/League of American Bicyclists

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

‘Extra Yarn’ by Mac Barnett

Book cover: Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen. Image depicts a little girl knitting and sweater-wearing animals amid the letters of the title, which are textured with the V shapes of Stockinette knitting
In Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, a little girl finds a box of yarn with knitting needles. No matter how much knitting she does, the box magically never runs out.

From knitting a sweater for herself and her dog, Annabelle goes on to outfit classmates, neighbors, forest animals and — while this term isn’t used in the text — she even “yarn-bombs” buildings and trees.

Friday, September 19, 2014

‘Ella Sarah Gets Dressed’ by Margaret Chodos-Irvine

One of the highlights of of reading posts by classmates in my children’s literature class is being exposed to recommendations for intriguing books.

For our discussion of Caldecott Medal winners, a classmate posted a write-up of Ella Sarah Gets Dressed by author and illustrator Margaret Chodos-Irvine. In the story, Ella Sarah chooses an outfit in which none of the pieces match.

Each member of her family tries to convince her to wear something they picked out instead, but as the book ends, Ella Sarah goes to a playdate with friends who are wearing outfits that are as wildly-picked as hers.

I love the idea of Ella Sarah and her friends all wearing wildly-picked outfits. There’s a lot of pressure in society to conform in clothing choice and behavior, and it’s great that this book has a positive portrayal of being your own unique self.