Every week my friend Chuck posts a list of blog posts that have caught his eye. Some posts really catch my eye, some don't really. C'est la vie, or something like that. This past Saturday there was a post by J. Eric Smith listing 100 books that meant something/had shaped him. And because it's time… Continue reading It’s that time of the year, right?
Don't you love it when there's something you've been mulling over and the universe responds without being prompted? What I've been thinking about is "kindness" and lo and behold, Sunday was Mr. Rodger's Birthday. His vibe must have been influencing things. Sunday was also the night my book club met, and last month's book was… Continue reading Kindness
And my choices for the best books of 2021? (posting this on January 31 because I know I won't have time to finish the book I just started, so that will be my first book of 2022!)
I've been at Milton for seven years, and in that time I've overseen a real revamp of the collection. b: serious weeding of old, outdated, caterpillar infested, falling apart books. It looked a little like this: Years Two - Four: Second and Third passes through the collection, cleaning the "junk drawer" and moving books into… Continue reading Fourth time’s the charm!
As we've been doing a (I hope) final pass on the collection, we're noticing a lot of books that are just past their "best by" dates and having to determine if they should stay on the shelf until something new comes along, keep them anyway, or remove them and try to replace. This isn't the… Continue reading Past their best by dates
Thanks to the library building construction project and another surprise project, we're not quite ready for the year to end. But thanks to a massive push last week, we did get our summer reading recommendations out! These recommendations are our suggestions, with little or no input from teachers. There is required reading in many classes… Continue reading Almost there
Shortly after the fire at Hackley, I decided that I needed to seriously look at the amount of junk I'd accumulated in my house... a few months later, much of the "nope, don't need this" stuff was finding new homes courtesy of the Salvation Army. But then there was The Collection. I'd never really gotten… Continue reading What was I thinking (and what am I thinking now)??
Not bad, despite COVID and the stress. There are just some times when a gal's gotta bingewatch junk tv, though... And my choices for the best books of 2020?
While at my last school, I was asked to present on ebooks and our school's experience. Porter's is a 1:1 iPad school and virtually all of the student's textbooks were digital, so when one third of the students responded saying they preferred print was not a surprise. Some of the answers why included that because… Continue reading Will our ebooks fly off the screen?
In March, just after we closed due to COVID, the library's focus was on supporting our history classes doing research (around 600 students, all researching away... just a little crazy, right?). So we added EBSCO's Academic and High School ebooks collection, entering 3500+ MARC records into our catalog while encouraging students to search the whole… Continue reading Getting a little giddy