Monday, September 1, 2014

‘Livvie Owen Lived Here’ by Sarah Dooley

Book cover: Livvie Owen Lived Here by Sarah Dooley. Image depicts matchsticks arranged to form the outline of a house
Olivia “Livvie” Owen and her family have lived nearly everywhere in their small community. The family struggles financially; both parents work for a retail giant in a larger, more populous community.

The family faces their latest eviction after Livvie responds with an outburst to an unexpected sound. 

Livvie is determined to return with her family to a house where they used to live, believing they were all happy there.

I sympathized with Livvie, being condemned by strangers, because I shared similar moments.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

New blog about travel by bicycle and bus

“This librarian travels by bicycle and bus.” I’ve started a new blog to officially house my writings about auto-dependence alternatives. Its blogroll will grow as I migrate entries from my library-themed blog.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’

Book cover: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Red pick-up truck parked in a field of grass against a backdrop of hills and a twilight sky.
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (Simon and Schuster, 2012) is a moving story about the close friendship between two young men.

At 15, Ari doesn’t share the interests of other boys his age and, even though he’s tried various activities, he’s never felt a “part of their world.”

At the swimming pool one afternoon, Ari meets a boy named Dante. But while Dante is very different from Ari and the other boys Ari knows, Ari is able to relate to Dante in a way he can with no one else.

As both boys age, they grow and learn what it means to be men in their society.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday cat blogging: Starfire and new hat

My black cat Starfire curls on her side, forming a half-circle around a hat sewn from piecework squares in four plaid designs: dark red, blue and green, red on white and blue and green on white.

Starfire loves being my sewing helper, even when her “help” takes the form of a nap. Here she is with my newest hat creation, cut from a repurposed skirt.

Long skirt shortened, divided for bicycle use

Woman's divided skirt and hat, made from fabric that consists of piecework squares in four plaid designs: dark red, blue and green, red on white and blue and green on white.  In upper left, a sewing pattern for a three-paneled long skirt is laid on top of the garment. In upper right, a pattern for the divided skirt. And in lower right, a sewing pattern for the hat.

Cycle-hack: A three-paneled long skirt has been shortened and divided for ease when riding a bicycle.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Children’s literature: Trend toward greater diversity

Our studies this week in my chidren’s literature course addressed ways that children’s literature addressed social issues of the time, including our predictions concerning what issues will be included in the future.

New year in Bellview library

Five stacks of books in varying heights in diagonal/diamond shape. Clockwise from top left, the titles on the top of each stack are Swindle by Gordon Korman, Rules by Cynthia Lord, Night of the Twisters by Ivy Ruckman, Kizzy Ann Stamps by Jeri Hanel Watts and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
During my first day back to work for the new year in Bellview Elementary School library, I input copies in the online catalog for Oregon Battle of the Books.

Special thanks to the Bellview PTO for purchasing OBOB books, and to parent-volunteers for laminating and barcoding them. Teacher-librarian Lauren Hall and I will work through them as soon as possible to get them ready for use by our students.

Library shelf-tops, bare for the summer, will soon have books on display. I’m looking forward to another wonderful year in the Bellview library.