Posted tagged ‘Reading’

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?

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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. 

 

What do you do all day?

February 11, 2011

    

     In the past, I have actually had administrators ask, (never to me personally, to my face, but to someone else, within earshot) “What does Mrs. Hot do all day, now that she is not “in charge” of textbooks?”  News flash – I should have never been “in charge” of textbooks – I would love to see the stipend for the 7 years I did someone else’s job. 

     Whew!  Deep cleansing breath – In – Out – Find my happy place…..

     In any case, I recently had a librarian from another school ask for the Hot Library Tech’s job description. 
Wow, that required some thought.  While there is an actual job description that was released by the “Ministry of Magical Learning”  it does not begin to cover what library technicians do within the course of a day.  
     So, instead of doing what I do all day, I composed a job description including even, (shock) a little humor.  I am not finished yet, but it was enough information for the anxious librarian who emailed my librarian 12 times during the course of the day to check on my progress. 
     I shared my composition with another tech – we have a joke that we sit around eating bonbons and reading all day.   These are his thoughts on our job description: 

1.)    Open library, turn on computer
2.)    Place bon bons on desk within easy reach
3.)    Spin around in chair 5 times
4.)    Read magazines
5.)    Count paperclips

Gotta go, my bonbons are melting!

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.