“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.”
― Michael J. Fox
We have some exciting news to announce! Last year we entered an application for OCHS to be part of a tour stop for author, Jay Asher – Thirteen Reasons Why. In 2009, Thirteen Reasons Why won the KY Bluegrass Award! We found out last week that we were selected as the only school in Kentucky where Asher will stop. His visit will be held on Tuesday, November 11th. http://www.penguin.com/static/pages/forms/yr/13rw/50statesagainstbullying.php#tour
“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”
― Dr. Seuss
This year we greeted our students with a Western theme! We purchased our items from Oriental Trading and Stumps. We have had many positive comments from parents, students and staff. The plan is to rotate our themes every four years so that our students never see the same theme. Students see our library as fun and exciting…. Just the we like it!
Hallway bulletin board
We ended our first week with a western themed photo booth. We purchased straw hats, sheriff stars and handkerchiefs. We also offered a special treat to anyone who wore their cowboy boots. All of our beginning emails, papers etc… given to staff included a “howdy”, “partner”, “down on the ranch” etc… western slang.
Our photo booth brings all students. Now that they know what they are, we don’t have to encourage them to come and see us. They are excited when they hear we are hosting a photo booth.
My daughters (ages 17 and 13) and I just finished listening to Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell. I finally decided to coerce my daughters into listening to it with me after my high school students kept telling me how much they enjoyed Rowell’s new book, Fangirl. (Which, incidentally, is now on my short list too.) We started off listening to it together in the car, but that soon turned into running to the car to turn it on, and idling just so we could finish up that last chapter. Eventually Anabel, my oldest, went out and purchased the book herself so she could finish it up– soon, the entire family was racing through the book and the audiobook in a battle to see who could find out what happened first..
The characters, Eleanor and Park, narrate the story through alternating perspectives, bringing the heartfelt story about first love to life. The two meet one day on the bus after Eleanor moves into town; she’s described as a big, wild red-head who wears flamboyant clothes and apparently doesn’t care what others think about her. However, by following the beat of her own drum rather than conforming, Eleanor is subject to bullying by most of her classmates. Park, a shy Asian-American, quietly watches in the beginning, but slowly begins to speak in her defense as the two get closer together and their subtle romance develops.
The two main characters are brought together by chance, pushed together by an overcrowded bus, and spend most of their time together pointedly ignoring each other. But after Park catches Eleanor reading comic books over his shoulder, he warms up to her. Slowly, the two begin to talk. After many shared comic books, gifts in the form of audio tapes (did I mention the book is set in the late 80’s?), and afternoons spent together; Eleanor and Park finally realize that maybe they deserve to find happiness together, no matter the cost.
Rainbow Rowell perfectly catches the awkwardness and desperation of that first teen love, something we all can relate to. Reading this book was a flashback to the past (and the Playlist from the author provided another flashback all it’s own!). Eleanor and Park gets the thumbs up from my family, comment to say what E&P got in yours!
Students who liked this book might also like:
Stargirl by Spinelli Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins This Lullaby by Sarah Dessin The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
In preparation for a “Birds of a Feather” session at KYSTE2014 (Electronic Books/Texts in the Library/School) I have taken a closer look at three educational eBook options currently available. I have the most experience with OverDrive, but have also spent time with the Follett and Perma-Bound products. This is just a brief review and observations of these eBook platforms. I do include a few items that relate more to the management and upkeep of these services, but most relate to the end-user experience of readers.
The image below is a magnified screenshot comparison of the Follett, Perma-Bound, and OverDrive reading experiences from my phone (Samsung Galaxy S4). I also included a shot of a downloaded book in the Kindle Reader. These images are enlarged to 300%. There is a large difference in quality of the image/jpeg-based pages of Follett and Perma-Bound compared to the “Text Only” view in Follett, OverDrive, or a native reading application which can re-size the digital text.
This is a comparison of display options that each browser-based reading experience offers. I included the Kindle mobile app options for comparison purposes. Follett offers a few display options. I feel the really important one is switching to “Text Only.” This gives you a crisp digital text display versus an image of an entire page. I was surprised Follett did not make this the default view. OverDrive offers tons of options for customizing the display. I could not find any display options at all in the Perma-Bound reader while using my phone. When I tried on a computer and regular browser, there were options for zooming in on the text, but no option for “Text Only” like in the Follett version.
I strongly believe we are still in the beginning stages of introducing electronic books to our school environments. The software and hardware available to us will continue to improve as publishers iron out technology-related kinks and gather information about what libraries, students, and teachers need from their eBook experience.
There is also a huge difference in purchasing licenses of eBooks versus a subscription model, but that discussion is for another post. Add to Flipboard Magazine.
We are gearing up for a fun week in the library over Valentine’s Week. We have decided to use an “I Love to Read” theme and have activities every day for our students to participate in I love to read week activities. We are kicking off the week by having our students fill out a valentine for us about why they love the library. Click here for ready made valentine cards. lovemylibrarycards
We asked our students to fill out valentines for our window displays.
We plan to move all of our square tables to make one large rectangle where students can come and make and take their crafts or complete the activities throughout the day. We have a large amount of study hall and university students who visit with us every day. We are hoping they’ll enjoy the things we have planned for the week in addition to our regular readers. It’s the first time we’ve attempted a make and take craft table!
I Love my Library Week Activities
Monday- Bookmark Make and Take
We’ll have lots of cool make and take bookmarks. Never be without one to mark your spot in that favorite book again
Making Valentine bookmarks
Tuesday-Snack and Yak
Come in prior to school starting, tell the group about a book you’ve been reading and get a free heart donut.
Wednesday- Scratch Valentine Cards
Come in and make a Valentine card for your sweetie.
Thursday- Book Speed Dating
Finding the right book is like finding the right person, nobody wants to waste time with a loser. Come in before school for book speed dating. Spend a couple of minutes with a book, time will be called and then you pass it on to the next person. If you find one you’d like to take home with you, check it out!
Book speed dating was a hit or was it the donuts?
Friday- Free Photo Booth Day!
Come in with your bestie or your sweetie and have your picture taken. We will print them out and have them ready by end of day.
We have a “love” themed playlist for the week too.
Our culminating event will take place on Friday, February 14th with a Valentines’ Themed Photo Booth. We’ve been working on creating “candy hearts” Candy Heart Sayings for our photo booth. We’ll post a few of the photo booth pictures after Valentine’s Day! Photos showing candy hearts are below! They are a work in progress! Our plan is to use a white background (a sheet) with the students standing holding their hearts. Simple and easy.
Styrofoam board was purchased from Amazon. I traced large hearts on them and cut them out with an electric knife. I had to stop at 12 as I feared my knife was going to catch on fire!!!
I mixed up some craft paint for both sides of the hearts. I Will be adding in the text after they dry. See link for common candy heart sayings.
Of course, Annette is helping us get in the spirt as she dresses as Cupid.
I’ve been a huge fan of Google Drive (formerly Google Docs) for quite a while now. Until recently I never bothered to install the desktop Google Drive client software on my computer. This software syncs your Google Drive to your local computer. Having the desktop client makes it so easy to save and open Google Drive documents, but also creates an easy method for moving older files to your online space. So… if you are beginning to dip your toes into the pool of online/cloud-based storage, try using this desktop software to help bridge the gap between the old and new.
To connect your Google Drive to your computer log in to your account and click on the “Connect Drive to your desktop” link, and then click the “Download Drive for PC” button. Click here for detailed directions on how to install the software.
Once it is installed you can choose which of your Drive folders to sync, see the amount of space you have left, and more. I chose to have it start when my computer starts up and to sync all of my Google Drive folders. Settings for syncing shared folders and files can be found on your Google Drive web interface.
This desktop syncing client is not exactly a new idea. Many cloud-based applications have similar software that you can install on computers. Below you can see where I’ve also installed a client for my school-owned Microsoft Ofice 365 SkyDrive Pro, personal SkyDrive, Dropbox, Box, and Adobe Creative Cloud accounts. Having access to these all in one place makes it easy to transfer and back up files without having to log in to each individual service.
Also… The mobile Google Drive apps for Apple iOS and Andriod devices continue to improve. If you haven’t updated your apps in a while check them out. You can also access your cloud files on mobile apps for SkyDrive, Dropbox, and Box.
We’ve decided to put together a monthly report highlighting our library stats. James created a google doc form and we have set up two old laptops at the sign in desk for students. We can now sort and research which grade visits us the most, which teachers are sending the most students etc… It has already come in handy several times when teachers have called to check on student’s arrival times! Check out the form here….
I created our first library utilization and stat report using Powtoon. It was my first experience with Powtoon and I found it to be fairly easy. There is a free version, which is what I used. View our November report – http://www.powtoon.com/p/cKW1H2L2sXm/
Our school’s newscast crew, OTVX, decided to have a contest this month for No Shave November. We decided to get behind them and promote it in the library. We purchased some fake mustaches, mustache suckers and mints to give away as students checked out books this month! I’ve attached a few photos of our displays.
Our basket of No Shave November goodies. The students loved getting a surprise when they checked out a book.