Tuesday, December 13, 2011

A library meme takes flight

This post isn't so much detailing some cool #n00brarianing, as much as it is my delight to be involved in an awesome library meme that has spread through the Internet recently. A meme, as it is historically known by the all-knowing Wikipedia, is "an idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture. A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena."

Lately, memes have been known on the Internet for their absurdity and general hey-lookit-this-ness. Examples would be the Mr. T/Chuck Norris/Jack Bauer jokes, Winning at Everything , Rick-Rolling, and most recently distressing to me, the "All the Things" which takes the best blog post ever on the Internet out for salad and breadsticks after promising Italian and never calls it again.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Black Friday Edition part 2: Video Games

C/O lifewithmadness.weebly.com
I hope everyone had a good SteaksThanksgiving! I personally was sucked into reading 200 pages of Hunger Games. I have no idea what I did to deserve this new obsession, but I am very, very sorry for it. All I can think about is going home and finishing the book.
(Librarian PROTIP: If you want to read a book that's insanely popular, don't just reserve the main copy. Search the library database or ask your librarian for specifically the large-print copy. You'll get it ten times quicker.)

As promised, however, I've managed to compiled a gory bloodbath Cornucopia of video games and book apps for the tech-savvy child in your life. Ones that won't turn your favorite school-ager into a prostitute beating, car stealing, chainsaw-wielding soldier of vigilante madness. Virtually. If you're concerned about that sort of thing. Virtually.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday Edition: Books

Happy Thanksgiving!
For the past, oh, ten years or so,Thanksgiving weekend has been my time to get those crazy-big end-of-semester projects done. You know, like a 25 page literature review in which you prove to your professor you actually read 50 articles so she'll agree to publish with you. Or, a Web 2.0 project which is a research project, wherein you compare a neighborhood website with grafitti artists just to get enough articles (but it miraculously worked out).

This year, I have absolutely nothing to do that could possibly benefit myself or humanity in any way.

So, please at least accept this list of appropriate presents for school-age children, because God knows they hate those clearance sweaters you always get them.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Childn00b Programming

And by "The Vulture" I mean "laptop-glued parental unit"
Okay, so the title's pushing it since there's no clever way to incorporate my #n00brarian status. Or there is, but my sad trombone wittiness has been beaten out of me by a hoard of children whose only weakness was Spiderman books (but at least they had one!). It's the calm after the storm now that my Spidey sense for misbehaving children has been deactivated (or, maybe it's more of a release valve. It slowly hisses out).

I constantly think of stuff to do at the library. Like, when I'm in the shower, in the middle of the night, watching a horror movie (not all at the same time). But, being new, I did have a fear of planning something that doesn't sound good. Not for fear it would fail, but the fear of something like this:

Monday, October 31, 2011

Cuteness Zombie: A Cybils post

Millie was Here, Book #1
iPad Book App
Available for free at the App store

“Millie was Here,” an introduction to a cute dog who will star in her own series, definitely shows what iPad Book Apps can bring to the table.  Millie is portrayed by an actual dog. I’m not sure exactly what kind, but if I had to guess she’s a Shih Tzu Lhasa Apso mix.

(You know how there’s that one weird kid in your library who always checks out the same book? That was me, in the 1980s, with the American Kennel Club Complete Dog Book. It’s an 800 page nonfiction monstrosity that would make any Harry Potter fan look like an illiterate hobo. I think I have it memorized. I’m sure my manx cat is super impressed by that.)

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Baby's First Reference Question Tally

C/O Cracked.com, "25 Honest Lunchbox Letters"
 Today marks the 6 month anniversary of me starting my job, and it's also when benefits kick in. I'm using a floating holiday to take off Thursday, thereby turning an unthinkable 10 day stint into a slightly grating though bearable 8 days of library goodness.

This is also Day 3 of a week-long Reference Question Tally. We do these twice a year in our department, which I understand is way better than the daily tallies others make, but it is the first time I've ever done this.

Being me, I usually go about unaffected by any kind of crazy questions or requests I get. But, now that I am forced to think about it, my humor radar is sharply attuned.
Here's a few choice questions I've heard in the past few days:

Friday, October 07, 2011

The Hallowed Reading Block Rebellion: a How-to Guide for Geico-Based Learning

I'm doing PD on Saturday on a topic I agreed to on my very first day of work. Naturally, I promptly forgot about it until last month, when my main idea became "Science Star Wars." Knowing that would benefit absolutely no one, I began to write about a few books that might actually be helpful as read alouds. The following day, being the Former Teacher Who Sat Through These Stupid PDs for 6 Years that I am, I decided to address the pressing issue or Who Gives a Rat's Ass. What follows is my complete write-up including the only type of PowerPoint I could bring myself to do.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Consumerism at its Finest, and iPad Book Apps

But that iPad earned me $7.63 in cash back rewards...
Take THAT!
Have I told you I have an iPad? I have an iPad, which I will own fully in 4 more easy payments of $100.

I've been informed that, for some reason, when I applied to be a panelist for the Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards in the category of book apps for iPad they actually didn't laugh, scoff, or point (well, at least they didn't scoff). Because guess what? I'm a first round judge! And I'm ridiculously excited. And it's sent some more traffic to this blog. To satiate your fears, here are some examples of things I've written. Or added to considerably.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Who CARES about Your Newsletter?

The title to this post is based on what I think to be the greatest exercise in futility for the cause of equality in picture books. Well maybe not THE greatest, because there are books like this one that are pretty much terrifying... upon further review, the second edition is all right, but the first edition featured Shelley hooked up to a machine with what can only be assumed to be a shaved head (if turtles had hair) and smiling like a drugged up doofus. I wish I could find the art for the original but it looks like it's been whitewashed.Which sucks because I love laughing at things that are unintentionally extremely offensive, and would love to share my joy with all of you.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

(Iron Fist Sold Separately): Welcoming environments

There may be a shift in my blog away from reviews and more toward: what's going on in the library, how things are going, my experiences as a #n00blibrarian, etc. I notice I get more comments when I write about stuff like that, but it's not just that. I feel like I get more out of stuff when I document it. It's not all about you all the time, Reader!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Child Management. With an Iron Fist.

(Author's Note: check out the follow up post I wrote a year later for more child management!)
In the middle of the children's department at my library, there is a boat.
Yup. A boat.

This monstrosity lines the entire right (erm, starboard) side of the room with bright colors, steps and a facade that clearly screams: PLAY ON ME!

I hear it used to be worse. It used to have a steering wheel and I think paddles, and like, cannons, or something. Its safety has increased (there is now vinyl lining the steel sides, and the wheel was taken down after only two kids' heads got stuck and started bleeding). 

But the worst part about it, is it's a memorial. So that means, no matter how many times the staff can be like, "seriously, there's a boat in our library" it cannot be taken down.

I wish I was kidding or even remotely hyperbolic about any of this. Maybe there weren't any cannons (the only things that would give those powder monkeys any responsibility at all) but really, that's it.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Something Something Something Complete

The kids made another book at the Story Action Pod! This time it was based on Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems. This activity was a little more vague, and solicited a wide variety of responses. I decided to take a more narrative approach so that everything could be included and make a coherent story.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Tour It Like You Mean It!

I know I said I'd get back to books, but a write-up I did yesterday for work lends itself well to a #libday7 post.Links were not included in the original write-up because, well, look at me.

I bring a lot of things that worked as an educator to my job. I actually bring it everywhere, because well, once you learn how people receive and retain information, it's easy to see it being employed (effectively and ineffectively) all around. It's pretty impossible to un-see it. So when I was charged with making a tour for elementary kids completely from scratch, I immediately started thinking about it like I would any lesson plan or even professional development. What do I want them to take away? What preconceived notions might they have that would keep them from learning meaningfully?

To jumpstart my thinking about these things, I turned to fellow FSU grad Tina, a school librarian in Orlando, FL (or, for those of you who have never lived in the South, "Disney World."). She brought up some really awesome points about how kids don't really know how to choose a book. Talking to her also got me thinking about why the kids would want to go to the public library, when I'm sure they might think, "I have a school library. I don't need another smelly old library." Basically, what's cool about the library? If you, the librarian, don't know what makes the kids' library awesome, it's hard to fake it and make it fun. I went about creating a "tour" that would work on debunking this preconceived notion. What follows is the write up I did for my coworkers:

Friday, July 22, 2011

Story Action Pod: we made a book!

Story Action Book in the house y'all!

As you know I've pretty much downplayed the awesomeness of my Story Action Pod since its inception.

But lo, in the seventh week of the Summer Reading Program, it came to pass that kids' versions of "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" were combined and bound. And it was good.