Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Library yarn bombing promotes ‘common read’

Bench covered with red knitted or crocheted horizontal panels across the seat and draped back-to-front over the backrest of the bench.
Image source: Lawrence Public Library on Facebook
An image added to the timeline this week at Yarn Bombing @ Your Library has extra significance for me, as the installation served to draw attention to a community’s “common read.”

#LibChat library Q-and-A’s curated with Storify

During #LibChat (a weekly Twitter-based chat among library professionals), I used the Storify social-curation platform to group users’ question-and-answer posts. The finished “stories” can be found on the splash page for my Storify account.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

‘Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage’

Book cover: Nick and Tesla's Robot Army Rampage by 'Science Bob' Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith. Cartoon rendition of a boy and girl standing, arms up and alarmed expressions on their faces, as an army of knee-high flying and marching robots advances on them from left, right and front.
Eleven-year-old twin sleuths Tesla and Nick return for the second book in a series that combines fast-paced action-adventure with hands-on science experiments.

In Robot Army Rampage (Quirk Books, 2014), the twins investigate local burglaries while continuing to delve into circumstances behind their parents’ abrupt disappearance.

Who is behind the local break-ins? Is the twins’ uncle’s attraction to a fellow scientist destined for a broken heart? And if the twins’ parents study soybeans for the government, how could their first date have involved writing a prize-winning paper in the field of laser science?

Monday, January 19, 2015

‘Evil Librarian,’ on my want-to-read list

Book cover, Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen. Red-outline drawing of horned demon with fangs, superimposed over a light-gray-lettering-on-dark-gray textbook cover.
If I have a weakness for a fiction “type,” it’s for books with main characters who are librarians.

From a review by Pamela Thompson among her Young Adult/high-school picks, Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen (Candlewick, 2014) takes its place on the list of books that I want to read.

Shortly after a new librarian shows up at Central High School, students begin walking around in a “zombie-like” daze. The protagonist, Cyn, and a guy she likes, Ryan, team up to take-on the “evil librarian.”

In her review, Thompson calls the book “Enticingly evil, freshly funny, winsomely wry, and eerily entertaining.”

Saturday, January 17, 2015

‘Expectations Stations’ in Bellview library

Business-card sized piece of paper reading "Bellview Elementary School. Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible," displaying line-drawn image of the school's Bobcat mascot. "Miss Cynthia" is hand-written above a space to write in a name, and the entire ticket is enclosed inside a clear plastic ID holder.
My ‘Bobcat Ticket’ badge from last year.
‘Be Safe. Be Respectful. Be Responsible.’
One of the professional highlights to my week was giving “Expectations Stations” reviews in the Bellview Elementary School library.

My co-presenters were Educational Assistant Doug Werner and child development specialist Diane Berry. The three of us emphasized that Bellview library is a place where “We are Safe, we are Respectful, we are Responsible.”

Specifically, the presentation included library “do’s” and “don’ts,” book care and alternatives to the “don’ts.”