Check out Scott Westerfeld’s hilarious post about his Russian alter ego.
Archive for December, 2008
Check out what the Maricopa Library District offers for AudioBooks. I may have to get a card now.
The One Laptop per Child is in full swing, where really durable/rechargeable laptops replace outdated textbooks and materials. Each one is equipped for Internet and has free, open source software.
One program is PlayGo, where students can play the ancient board game Go against each other. What’s really cool is that it’s multiplayer across the Internet. Lots of fun.
On Thursday I got an e-mail about our AzLA presentation, Set Your Library on Fire II (it was a sequel year). I received an invitation from Kerrlita Westrick to be on the Grand Canyon Reader Award Committee.
To put it into context for the non-librarians followers of the site, the Grand Canyon Reader Award is a collection of the best books within the past five years. The committee recommends ten books and then students vote on the best book, like an Oscar award for a book. On top of that, places like Phoenix Book Company and Barnes and Noble will designate special places of honor in their displays for the Grand Canyon Awards. Librarians will buy multiple copies of the books, even if they haven’t read them, simply because they’re on the list.
I get to do Griggs Greats for the state. I am very thankful and excited.
I just finished Beedle the Bard and actually liked it better than Deathly Hallows. I am a fan of books that present themselves as history even though we know it’s fiction.
This is a Brothers Grimm for Wizarding families to teach the morals that even though you have magic, it won’t solve all of your problems. I also appreciate the commentary provided by Dumbledore as well as Rowling’s commentary and Dumbledore’s commentary. Librarians will especially chuckle when they read about one of the Malfoys trying to censor books off of Hogwart’s shelf because of the questionably positive depiction of Muggles corrupting the youth of Wizarding communities. It’s Rowling’s own way of responding to the people wanting to censor the Harry Potter series.
Steven Spielberg is scheduled to direct the 39 Clues movie. I read the first one and enjoyed it, but this announcement came out over the summer. It shows just how much financial backing this series is getting if a movie is discussed even before students start reading it.
We ran out of class copies for check out for one our honors Language Arts classes. We have enough for a class set, but not for everyone to take home.
Enter one of my favorites: Project Gutenberg.
Project Gutenberg takes public domain documents and indexes them. Many times you’ll find audio versions, as well.