Archive for April 2012

Special treats

April 17, 2012

I wanted to make a special treat for Dr. Seuss’ birthday for the library club members.
I saw this idea on someone else’s blog and duplicated the idea.  I have to tell you that these ice cream cone cupcakes do not travel well unless you have a specially made holder.  I didn’t so there were some last-minute frosting touch-ups before the big reveal.

If you google Dr. Seuss cupcakes you will get the actual blog and the writer’s instructions for these “Wocket in my Pocket” cupcakes.
A few of the kids were excited to get a birthday cupcake – I have remind myself to lower my expectations.  What I think is fun – teenagers think is “ho-hum.”

This was not enough creativity for the month for me, so I went on to make “Green eggs and bacon.”
Pretzel sticks, melted white chocolate chips and green M&M’s – the M side down in the chocolate.

Lay the pretzel sticks on wax paper, drizzle a teaspoon of white chocolate in the middle, it is okay if it oozes over the sides.  While the chocolate is still warm, put one green M&M, m side down in the warm chocolate.  When set, serve.

The high schoolers weren’t very impressed with this either, but it was something fun for me to do.


Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

April 17, 2012

Yes, I am very late with my post for Dr. Seuss’ birthday, over a month for those of you keeping track.  But frankly, when I know that I am losing the librarian who has worked with me for the last nine years due to more budget cuts – it is pretty sad in the library these days.

This year I went with quotes from Seuss and some cute photos.  There really are that many books in the Seuss collection (see photo under the hat.)  Google is my “go to” for images and I am usually pretty successful

If you have a new color cartridge in your printer, this is a pretty cheap display to put together.


The last book fair…

April 17, 2012

Our last book fair was the end of March 2012.  I know, I said that the book fair last spring was our last book fair.  Last May, in an 11th hour miracle, the librarian’s jobs were saved.  This year we do not expect that to happen this year.  Next year when the teacher’s ask when is the book fair?  I am going to say, “Remember the librarians, whose jobs you could have saved if everyone in the district had voted to take ONE, count em’ ONE furlough day?! Well, book fairs were her ‘thing’ along with a hell of a lot more…”
Let me just quietly put my soap box away now…there it is neatly tucked under my desk again…..for now.

I went out with my camera when the Scholastic truck arrived.  I even took a photo of the driver, I won’t add it here, but he was very happy to pose.

My book fair nightmare came true this year.  The second book fair crate got stuck in the elevator on its way down and is currently in limbo about 5 feet above the library floor.  There are still three crates stuck upstairs.  We hope they repair the elevator soon – last time it broke it took over a year for them to repair it…..TCB

Hosting a successful booksigning

April 17, 2012

Last fall we had a book signing at our school. The librarian had a friend who knew a friend who was trying to find schools and book stores willing to hold book signing for Simone Elkleles.  Simone is the author of the popular YA series “Rules of Attraction, Perfect Chemistry & Chain Reaction.”

We had not hosted a book signing since Alex Rodriguez in 2005, so we were more than rusty on the etiquette for welcoming a famous author to the high school.  The Rodriguez book signing was an evening event so the students that attended really wanted to be there.

The Elkeles event was during the day, before school was out.  Students came with their teachers who signed up their 6th period classes.  In education we are seeing more and more examples that manners in America are sadly lacking; when the bell rang over three-quarters of the students (and all of the teachers) got up and left – the author was still speaking.  She rolled with punches though and just kept talking about her latest book.

After the lecture, about 30 students and a few staff members had their book copies signed.  The author had a good time and she appreciated all the little things that we thought of to make the event more comfortable.
Here are some of our suggestions for a great book signing:

  • Have plenty of books on hand.  Some teachers bought copies to give a Christmas gifts.  The publisher also sent us about 25 posters to be signed too.  The poster was too “hot” for a library bulletin board.
  • Have plenty of Sharpies ready.  I also picked up some in silver so her signature would show up on the posters.
  • Ask a student TA to help out at the event for extra class credit.  Another Hot Library Tech from a nearby school came to help out and take care of book sales before and after the event.
  • Have bottled water for the author and the staff working the book signing.
  • Set up book marks if you have them from the publisher.
  • A pretty table-cloth is nice for the display table, but maybe not for the table where the actual signing happens.  Sharpie pen does not come out…..
  • If your author has a roll of “autographed copy” stickers, appoint a student or adult to put the sticker on the cover before the author signs the book.
  • 3M post-it notes are great for letting the author know how their fans want their book autographed. We appointed a person to print the name and then place the post-it on the cover.
  • I picked up a pretty bouquet of flowers for Ms. Elkeles to take with her when she left.  She was scheduled to be in our state for a few days before going back to Chicago.
  • Reserve a parking spot for the author.  We had one of our artistic TA’s make the sign for the parking spot. Of course we went out to find that some individual had moved our reserved sign…again, manners are sadly lacking.