Sunday, March 29, 2015

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Children’s literature: ‘Too white’ among other things

At Call and Response/UUA Blogs, Susan Lawrence raises a thought-provoking and timely question, “Is Children’s Literature Too White?” The statistics she cites concerning racial and ethnic authorship and representation in children’s literature suggests the answer is a resounding “Yes!”

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

‘Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate’

Book cover: Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate by Cynthia Kim. Image depicts a woman shown in profile, wearing a thigh-length, sleeveless, flowered dress, walking down a street and swinging a purse that she holds onto by its strap.
I could thoroughly relate to Cynthia Kim’s experiences in Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate, A User Guide to an Asperger Life (Jessica Kingsley Publishers, 2015). Kim and I grew up during a time when our condition was not understood or documented to the degree that it is today.

“Like a lot of autistic adults of my generation, I made it well into middle age before realizing that I wasn’t just shy or weird or nerdy. That I wasn’t going to outgrow my quirks and wake up one day to suddenly find I was ‘normal.’”

With candor and honesty, Kim writes about early challenges: about being bullied and then later becoming a “mean girl” herself.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Cat stuffie from repurposed sweater and socks

Cylindrical toy, cut out of brown sweater fabric with ears to suggest a cat's head. The eyes are two buttons and it wears a blue hat between its ears. The body is covered by a length of multicolored, graffiti-print sock material. The cat's tail, of brown sweater material, is visible in the back. Cylindrical stuffed toy, cut out of brown sweater fabric with ears to suggest a cat's head. The eyes are two buttons and it wears a blue hat between its ears. The body is covered by a length of pale green and yellow-striped sock material. In the right foreground, a human hand holds a small metal box with an orange tabby cat painted on the lid.

This little cat-like creature came home with me after spending an enjoyable “Teen Crafternoon” in the teen department, Ashland branch library. I constructed the cat’s body from a repurposed sweater and fashioned it a couple changes of clothing from the legs of socks. Watch for regular teen activities during the school year and during Jackson County Library Services’ summer reading program.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Friday, March 13, 2015

‘Teen Crafternoon’: We’re making ‘sock creatures’

Socks in a variety of colors and patterns arranged in spiral pattern
Source of image: Ashland Teen Library on Facebook
Check out all the colors and patterns in these socks and now imagine the possibilities: making “sock creatures” during “Teen Crafternoon,” noon to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Ashland library, 410 Siskiyou Blvd. I’m looking forward to it.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

‘Sam and Dave Dig a Hole’ by Mac Barnett

Book cover: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Illustration depicts two boys, each holding a shovel, and a dog inside a deep hole in the ground. At ground-level, a cat peers down into the hole at them.
In mid-February, a woman named C.L. Murphy donated a copy of Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett to Bellview Elementary School library, given in observance of “International Book Giving Day” on Feb. 14.

The book depicts a quest by the title characters to dig until they find something spectacular.

Teacher-librarian Lauren Hall read the book aloud during classroom visits to the library. And her listeners got really involved: groaning and shouting, “No!” at each wrong decision by the characters. Definitely a read-aloud success!

Seed libraries: Gardeners ‘check out’ seeds

There’s been an interesting confluence of energies around the subject of seed libraries. I’ve encountered three references from unique sources in recent weeks.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Facebook groups for library professionals

Spent a couple minutes adding myself to Facebook groups for library professionals. Thanks to Jess Bacon (5 Minute Librarian) with Patrick Sweeney, Laura Hollister and Austin Stroud for compiling the “big HUGE list.”

Monday, March 9, 2015

Seeking 15 to 20 more hours of work each week

With part-time jobs as Library Assistant at an elementary school and Administrative Coordinator for the Religious Explorations program at a local church, I work 25 hours per week. I am immediately available to work afternoons/evenings and weekends, 15 to 20 hours per week, and will be available to work full-time hours when school is on summer break.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

‘The End of College’ by Kevin Carey

Book cover: The End of College by Kevin Carey. White letters in a black rectangle graphic superimposed on yellow cover. The upper-right hand corner of the rectangle disolves into pixels that bleed into and off the top right edge of the book cover.
In an essay printed March 5 by the New York Times, Kevin Carey writes about the effect that “open badges” or low-cost online degrees will have upon four-year colleges’ current “near-monopoly upon verifiable academic achievement.”

“Free online courses won’t revolutionize education until there is a parallel system of free or low-fee credentials, not controlled by traditional colleges, that leads to jobs.”

Carey’s essay was adapted from his book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere (Riverhead Books, 2015).

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Pizza dinner was on Friends of the Library

Cynthia M. Parkhill and Jonathan Donihue holding plastic-wrapped, uncooked pizza at restaurant counter.

Our dinner from The Great American Pizza Company​ was courtesy of Friends of the Library. For each reading log filled out and completed for Jackson County Library Services’ 2015 “Winter Reads” program, we were entered in a prize drawing and I won a gift certificate to the restaurant of my choice. (I could also select a free “gently used” book for each reading log turned in. In that sense, everybody won.)

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Yarn-bombed bicycle

Bright teal-blue, diamond framed bicycle, with yarn bombing tags around the top tube, head tube and down tube of the frame. Knit swatches assembled into a seat-cover are tied over the bicycle seat.

On Facebook, I accepted an artist’s invitation to post photos of my own art (in a sort of art-sharing chain called the “Facebook Art Challenge”). Today I shared an image about “yarn bombing.”