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, "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.