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Morganville Vampires

April 2, 2011

 

A couple months ago a friend suggested that I read the Morganville Vampire series. 
I am up to the  book Fade Out.

If this book series was to ever become a movie, I’ll tell you my choice for who should portray Myrnin –
Read page ten, couldn’t you see Johnny Depp delivering those lines?

Sorry I Peed On You

February 14, 2011

 

Sorry I Peed on You and Other Heartwarming Letters to Mommy
By Jeremy Greenberg
Andrews McMeel Publishing

What a lovely book for new moms, moms-to-be, and even us old moms!  Sorry I Peed on You will be released in late March, in plenty of time for purchase for Mother’s Day gifts. 
This will be the “little something extra” that I include in baby shower & new mom gifts. 
The photography is beautiful, who doesn’t enjoy looking at baby pictures?  The letters are funny and oh so true. 
The author, Jeremy Greenberg is MSN’s resident parenting blogger and in his spare time he tours as a stand-up comedian. 

I discovered the book at www.netgalley.com.  The librarian I work with attended the winter ALA conference in San Diego, California and brought back several “postcards” of books yet to be published.  Netgalley is a site where you can register for an account, browse through the different publishers and select those you want to read.  You can download the book or read it online.

I spent a good portion of my lunch hour looking thru all the different offerings from the various publishers. 
I picked out over 20 books.  Once you finish a book you have the option to writing a review although it is not required. 
Look for more reviews on books from netgalley.com in the future on this blog. 

 

Banned Book Report

January 19, 2011

Every year the 10th grade class has a banned book assignment. 
They have an essay that they write in the form of a letter where they either support the reasons for the book being banned or argue for reasons why the book should not be banned, challenged or restricted. They also must include 3 citations/quotes from the book to support the listed court case(s)

 In late October, many students came in individually or as a class to check out a banned book of their choosing. 
Students were given a list of the Top 100 banned books and then told to choose from one of those.  Some of the more serious students purchased the book they wanted to read – gotta love ’em for caring about their education.  But, with over 400 10th graders, we were of course, caught short, having more students than banned books in the library collection.   

Students who came in when they were first told of the assignment were usually able to find the book they wanted to read.  There were also those who waited until the last possible moment…..
Some teachers chose to issue a textbook from the English dept’s core novels – students who had to read
To Kill a Mockingbird or Lord of the Flies could be heard loudly, complaining.  The language/dialect in TKAM proves to be quite difficult for some ELL’s. 

Well, necessity is the mother of invention, so my student helpers and I pulled all novels that were listed in the 2010 copy of Banned Books…
Did you know that every Harry Potter book is listed?  As well as all the books in the Vampire Diaries series, the House of Night series…(even her books yet to be).. and yes, the Twilight series.  It was not for my lack of trying that students did not have a banned book for their report.  We even placed an order with Amazon for 12 of the most popular titles.  So glad there was a sale going on! 

Today all the computer labs were booked with students working on their essays.  Their papers are due on Friday, so that they can be graded before the end of the semester. 
Today…several students came looking for books…today!     
Of course, they were looking for the popular titles such as What My Mother Doesn’t Know and Crank.

I was more than happy to let my librarian deal with the slackers, I mean students, while I took care of other things today. She confided in me later this afternoon that after the 4th or 5th student, she was tempted to say:  “So sad you’re bad!”  And I thought I was the mean one?! 

 

Awakened

January 17, 2011

I just finished reading the “upteenth” book in the House of Night series.  Seriously, I have lost count of which book this is…Seven?
Eight? 
In any case, I have to say that I liked this book better than the last.  I especially liked the references to Sookie Stackhouse and True Blood.
You may be interested to know that P.C. Cast and Kristen Cast have the honor of being in 2010 edition of Banned Books
There are school districts that have banned the House of Night series of books and even the ones yet to be….yes, they have banned from their school libraries the books that this mother/daughter team have yet to write. 
You know what I say, forbid kids from reading a book and it makes them want to read it all the more.

Fall Into a Good Book

November 3, 2010

A simple display – see for yourself. 
Book covers down loaded
Photos printed at home –
Lettering courtesy of the Cricut

Banned Books Week

November 3, 2010

Yes, I am late posting my photos from Banned Books week –
My excuse is parenting an honor’s student, in orchestra and band.   

We came up with this idea a few years ago.  I take the books from the English department’s core reading list, wrap a luggage chain around them with a luggage lock.  We can’t lock our suitcases anymore so we might as well put it to good use. 

We use brown paper bags  notating a portion of the battle in court and or the school district board meeting.
We also have a “Censored” stamp. 

 

Twilight – The desire lingers

October 26, 2010

Dear Stephenie Meyer: 

Hi
First let me say that I love your Twilight series; I am looking forward to seeing Breaking Dawn when it comes to theatres.  It will be interesting to see if the director and screen writer can bring your vision and words to the big screen.  

Your books have given me something to talk about with the high school girls.  Like you, I have sons.  Boys will talk to me about Twilight, but usually they are much more “hush-hush” about their interest.  Although when I tell a shy boy – if they are “at a loss for words” when talking to a girl – talk to them about Twilight.  Their eyes will light up like I have told them an untold secret of the universe.” 

Ever since your books became a hot topic, I have had to keep them behind the circulation desk.  Not because they have questionable material in them, not that we have had parents requesting a district form in order to have a book restricted…no, we have to keep them behind the counter to keep them from being stolen.

When I first noticed the books missing, I thought perhaps that my library student assistants were having trouble alphabetizing….but when I couldn’t find the missing copies…and I found just the cover of Eclipse buried under one of the book cases…I decided I could either have a library with zero copies of the Twilight saga or I could keep them behind the counter. 

I’ve kept a sign on the shelf where your books would normally be stating that if students were interested in one of the books in the series they could see Mrs. Hot downstairs and I would check out a copy to them.  I don’t why I feel that I need  to apologize that I have a zero-tolerance for stealing.  Some people have the opinion that students are going to steal and we will just have to do without the books or keep buying cheap paperback copies and going to used book stores.  I think that’s wrong. 

When the movie Eclipse was due to be released, I promoted our Eclipse quiz (we had a contest for Twilight and New Moon too) with the grand prize being tickets to the movie premiere.  I had all of 10 kids pick up a quiz, only 5 returned them.  The questions were not that hard.  So, I thought, “Oh, the Twilight desire is waning. ”

At the start of this school year, the librarian and I thought it would now be “safe” now to return the Twilight series to the shelves.  I had a student help me carry them back upstairs and we re-shelved the novels.  We were doing well until a few weeks ago when I checked the counts of what was on the shelves and what was available.  We were missing one or two copies of each title. 

A few days later, I was picking up trash and pushing in chairs (funny I didn’t think that was mother to 2,200 students) when I found a copy of Eclipse shoved under a table….missing the cover.  We thought that we’d have to donate this copy to a classroom library since it was missing the cover….until I remembered the cover I had found years earlier…missing it’s book.  Voila!  The rescued copy was introduced to a new cover. 

Once again I have stacks of Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn behind the counter and it looks like a Borders book store on the day that Breaking Dawn was released. 
I have to say that I’m actually glad I have never been able to catch a book signing with Mrs Meyer.   
The Twilight series…autographed? 
I would have to keep those under lock and key.   : )