Archive for May 2013

The town is on fire

May 11, 2013


At first glance I thought maybe it was a book about the Bee Gee’s.
Except the center guy didn’t have enough hair.
I thought of that song…”this girl is on fire….”
“This town is on fire…..”

Nope, I’m pretty sure it’s about the Bee Gee’s.

School’s out…..

May 6, 2013


it will be twenty-six days until the students are gone
for this school year.
Twenty-seven days until the teachers clear out.
I am torn –
as to whom I will be the
happiest to see go….

The Mystery of Blue Star Lodge

May 5, 2013


When I first started weeding last month,
I started going section by section looking for books that looked old by “reading” the spine.
I found this one in the “K” section, for the illustrator.
Maybe she looks so horrified because she was alphabetized under  the wrong letter of the alphabet on the shelf…
maybe it was because she tucked in between two volumes of Stephen King’s offerings.
(My student helpers cannot alphabetize to save their lives…
and yes I have taught them over and over again)

Who is she kidding?
She’s hiding behind her bicycle?
Maybe it broke down, she has a screwdriver in one hand.
I do like that even when she is bike riding she is fashion conscious –
her shoes match her top.

I love the caption on the cover…
“Four girls pedal their way to mystery and adventure”

I tried reading that line to a friend at a nearby school
and couldn’t read it to him without cracking up.

What is it?

May 4, 2013


Does anyone have any idea what this is?
I am thinking it is advanced rabbit ears for a TV, but
dial in the middle makes no sense at all.
Found this in a cupboard and it found its way into the
“circular container.”

…arting with Melodie…

May 3, 2013


Isn’t it sad when a carelessly placed library book bar code changes the happy little
title of “Starting with Melodie” to something less than ….pleasant?
If only the student or volunteer had just placed the sticker about an inch or so lower.
But they didn’t, so we have a book that looks like it is titled –
“Farting with Melodie.”
Elaine, in the white sweater looks slightly appalled.
I hope Melodie didn’t let flee a fart  in the ice cream parlor.


After reading the back cover I understand why it was never checked out.
My school is  in a low socioeconomic area of the district –
the premise of the book, that Melodie has a mansion
with servants and celebrity parents…?
Well, it might as well be in the Science Fiction Fantasy section in my library.
My students could not relate.

The Late Great Me

May 3, 2013


Turns out the girl next door is the campus alcoholic.
I wondered how the beers got past the censors at district when
this order of books was approved in the 1980’s.

Goofbang Value Daze

May 1, 2013


Hey, doesn’t she look like a Breck Girl?
“Goofbang Value Daze…”
What a great name for a book that I thought was at first another version
of “Footloose” until they put the post apocalyptic spin on it
Everyone in town lives in a bubble.
Frankly, it looks like Gabe has some dirty dancing in mind.
I must have my artsy friend turn this into a bookmark for me.