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10 + 1

May 8, 2010

I have been blogging here for not quite a year and I have reached 10,000.  Plus one. 
thanks to CSLA, the Wiki and Alphainventions.

Greetings from Sri Lanka!

May 4, 2010

How very nice to receive a visit from Sri Lanka today.
Welcome.  Thanks for you nice comment and for stopping by the Circulation Desk!

Security Strips –

August 22, 2009

I noticed that last night someone used the search engine term “security strips” to find one of my posts. 

I had a past post where I talk about how discouraging it is when I find the security strip removed from a book on the floor.  We lost several books at the end of the school year this way.  I know, because I have gone through the Fiction collection and reorganized….Why is so hard to find student help that can alphabetize? 

Believe it or not, I managed to alphabetize and still work “Registration Hell.” 

I hate to say that my student helpers are telling their friends how the books are “armed” and then their friends remove the security strip and steal a book from the library.  But after finishing the Fiction section, there are too many books missing, to think otherwise.  I hope the culprits have not been my student helpers. 
I hate it when they steal the first copy in a series…obviously I hate that they think it’s okay to steal a book period.  At least if I have the first book a series, a student can get started reading while I arrange the purchase of the missing next book.  I’ll be going out this week to replace several copies that are gone.  It is sad when students come to the desk because the book they are looking for has “gotten up and walked away.” 

This year, even if I have to stay late, I will be the one to put the security strips in the books.  I have noticed that some of the student help put the security strips in the back of the books where it is easy to find.  Not this year.  I have to say though, there really isn’t a good place to insert the strip in graphic novels. 

I know what you’re saying…”Hey Mrs. Hot…we thought that this post was going to have book reviews!” 
Well, my friends, it does.  Here they are: 

My Top Picks for:  “Books Needing More Security”. 

Not a great acronym, is it?  I’ll work on that. 



My first recommendation is Swoon written by Nina Malkin.  I predict that I will need a sign up sheet for this ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.  This book gave me the feeling of New England in the fall, kind of an Ichabod Crane meets the 21st century.  The plot revolves around three characters, Dice, Penn and Sin. 
The text is rich, bringing to mind very colorful images.  It was hard to put down.  I think my students who will check out New Moon again, while they wait for the movie will be reading this one too. 
There’s a bit of a love triangle and many discussions of sex.  It is not a book for middle schoolers.  11th grade and up. 




My second place must read is Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
To say that I loved this book would be an understatement. 
I know my students are going to love it too.  I should pick up a few more copies before next week.   
The two main characters are Grace and Sam.  Sam saved Grace when she was a young child. 
Now it is up to Grace to save Sam, but can she? 
I was prepared to not have an “emotionally satisfying ending” but the twist surprised me. 
The following trailer was created by Maggie Stiefvater herself, using hundreds of paper cut-outs and multiple photographic frames per second.  The music was composed and performed by Maggie Stiefvater & Kate Hummel. 
I wonder if Maggie is into scrapbooking too?







(This trailer courtesy of Expanded Books)


This was by far my favorite of the three. 
I picked up for the cover art alone.  Isn’t it gorgeous

The story may sound remotely familiar….some reviewers have noted a “
Twilight DNA quality.”  
The plot focuses on the heroine,  Zara, as well as Nick, Ian, two more of Zara’s quirky new friends…and a stranger who leaves behind a trail of gold dust.  Do your students a favor and pick up a copy of Need





Getting Down with the Dewey Decimal System…..

August 21, 2009

One of my blog friends uses that title for when anyone hovers over my name on her blog roll listing. 
Sadly, I was without a title for this post and that seemed as good as any.

I know I’m not posting enough to get very many comments, but I am getting lots of Spam. 
One of my Spam offerings was from someone name John asking me to change his password. 
Sorry John, no can do. 

I would like to be sharing with you my next great bulletin board idea.
Instead I am in what some of us call “Registration Hell.” 
I am cross eyed from checking student accounts to make sure the “little darlings” don’t have any book fines or charges. 

I am amazed, daily at the number students who show up to register and are owing $280.00 – $400.00 in books. 
If taxpayers behind the Orange Curtain knew how much of their tax dollars were lost annually on missing textbooks…there’d be Tea Parties over that too. 

I know, I should lower my expectations for student behavior…I’d be much happier.  I just can’t seem to manage that.  My five year old was expected to act like he was 21….why can’t teenagers act like my son when he was 5? 
Here’s a typical example of the dialogue during registration.  Keep in mind the students had 2 months to return their late books. 

HotLibraryTech:  “Dick/Jane, you owe text books/library books.  Where are they?” 

Dick/Jane:  “They’re at home.” 

HotLibraryTech:  “Why didn’t you bring them?” 

Dick/Jane:  “I don’t know.” 

HotLibraryTech:  “You are going to go home and get them, I’ll be waiting.” 

Dick/Jane:  “Right now?” 

HotLibraryTech:  “Yes, right now.” 

Dick/Jane:  “But I have to walk/Can’t I bring them on the first day of school/It’s hot outside/my friend owes a book too”….(be sure to imagine this scene with the student, whinning.)

HotLibraryTech:  “Good exercise/No you can’t/You should have worn sunscreen/Good, your friend can stop at their house and get their book before you come back.”

When the student(s) would arrive back at registration with the missing book, my favorite line to say was “Ohh look, the book(s) are back!  Did they have a nice summer?” 
The student would sheepishly reply, “Yes.”   

I was watching some Catherine Tate videos on Youtube the other day and this one was so appropriate for nearing the first day of school.  Enjoy…or be thankful. 


Hello World

June 8, 2009

Ever since Mr. WordPress welcomed me to the world of blogging today…I have been singing that old Partridge Family song….
“Hello world there’s song that we’re singing….c’mon get happy.
Hope it goes away soon.