Nearly a month in Qatar!! What?? Life has been mad and crazy busy! But I am slowly getting into a nice routine and I will be updating everything soon!! In the meantime here's a pic of me on my first week. Someone asked me if they had Coke in Qatar and, well, see for yourself for the answer ;)
This century's dilemma, which one is the best? You have the ones that have announced the death of books and libraries and you have the ones that say the opposite. I am part of the group that thinks both can coexist.
I am part of the generation Y, I grew up with the technological change and I'm a native user of technology, but have also been around long enough to know about VHS and Discman. So I am pretty happy using actual books and e-Readers. But when I read '3 Easy Steps Turn A Boring Bookcase Into A Beautiful Statement Piece' I have to speak up! Which, of course, I did:
Now, this is where the fun begins. The wonderful thing about the Internet is that everyone has something to say. The bad thing is that everyone has something to say! After I posted that, I got an answer:
Of course the librarian and book lover in me was not happy with that. I mean really? But, instead of giving her a rushed answer and calling her all sorts of things for saying such silly things about books I decided to play it cool and give her a thoughtful answer.
Remember when I bought a bunch of superhero books for the EC-K kiddos? (Here's a friendly reminder) Well, we got our new books the other day and look what we got!!
I love it! A bit more to make our collection grow!! I have to admit I am obsessed with The Origin Story books. They are amazing! They have a small paragraph in very large format, so it still looks like one of those big picture books the students check out but has a bit more text for the ones that are starting to read. This is great!
It's the last week of school!!!! Well not for me as my last day at FDR is July 31st. This is week is hectic, stressful, everything happens all at once, emotions run high and everyone needs everything for yesterday! But overall it is great fun, stressful but fun since it means the end of an epic year and the beginning of a new one.
Those lines were written three weeks ago!! I know I know I'm a terrible blogger! But as those lines point out last week of school is pure MADNESS. I would love to show off my super busy planner full of notes and to do's but I barely had anytime to write anything! So instead you can check my awesome monkey emoji sticker! (Buy it here and no this post has not been sponsored by the emoji stickers company, I just like them)
So what have I been up to in this three weeks and what happened last week of school? Continue reading to find out!
As a librarian we pride in always finding what our patrons asks us for and most of us try their best to be impartial to what our patrons want to read (I promise I won't judge you if you ask me for 50 Shades of Grey), of course we know some books are not appropriate for all ages (no I won't have 50 Shades of Grey in the SCHOOL library), so reading a statement like the one in the title is always harsh and a bit shocking. Bookriot posted today about a 20-year-old student that was horrified when she saw what her English core books were (if you're studying towards getting an English degree, aren't you supposed to read everything? Maybe not for your own pleasure but to be knowledgeable on your area of expertise?).
Just like Leila Roy mentions in her Bookriot article, for me university was all about "broadening horizons, testing boundaries and widening outlook" and I particularly enjoyed being able to learned about the world in general, since I was no longer in the bubble that was my German all-girls school. But I guess everyone is entitled to have their opinion. What truly shocks me and horrifies me a bit is that the student and her parents want to get “...the books eradicated from the system. I don’t want them taught anymore. I don’t want anyone else to have to read this garbage” (Redlands Daily Facts). That one line, immediately takes me back to the burning of books in Germany in the WWII, I mean seriously? They want to eradicate the books? Because they are garbage? I laugh at this, honestly, whenever people mention how terrible some books are, I have to laugh.
We have turned some badly written books (looking at you 50 shades) into MASSIVE bestsellers, but when we get a book written by a well known author with a long career, or we get a book that teaches us about a reality we don't know or want to ignore, then everything changes, that when this books need to be banned! No, dear parents and dear students of the world, please educate yourself before wanting to eradicate the garbage that you think are some books. Before you go on a crusade to ban certain books, go to your local library and check the best sellers list or, better, go to your own book collection and think: what can someone find worthy of eradication on this book?
If you're curious to know which books made the list, here they are:
*All images from Goodreads
Getting someone (an author or storyteller) for the younger kids (3 year olds up to Grade 1) is sometimes a bit of a challenge. Authors and storytellers are not exactly cheap and getting one for just 4 grades sometimes it's too expensive. This time we were in luck as Anne was around Peru! So we got her for the lower grades! And they absolutely loved her!!
She showed them all this kinds of ways they can tell stories! She told a stories from all over the world and using all sorts of materials. She would start telling the kids (and showing them) about this huge printed fabric she had and how it told a very old story from India, sadly I can't remember the name of the story! I think it might have been the Ramayana, but I could be mistaken. However she did not tell the story, since she said it took over 3 hours!
Some of the things she used to tell her stories were fabric, wool, but one of the stories I loved were the one were she used the Matryoshka doll to teach kids about continuity. The kids adored her and everyone really enjoyed having her here.
If you click on the image you can buy & download a set of Doll Cones from Twinkl and use it as well. I've used doll cones before and students love them and they're very easy to make.
Nothing make me happier than the book swap! By far my favourite event! The idea is simple: books to swap or to purchase for 1 Peruvian sol (less than a dollar). If you have books to swap, for every 2 books you bring to the library we give you a ticket and then you swap that ticket for a book. If you have no tickets you can buy a book for 1 sol.
This activity takes quite a bit of planning and lots of space. Luckily I have a system (which I've passed on!). What you need for book swap you ask? Well here's the recipe:
We got Marc Levitt to come to our school for 2 days and he met up with both Primary classes and Secondary classes. He was amazing with both groups. Even if he mentioned references that were a bit old he knew how to get the kids interested in them. Or he would explain who the person he was talking about was. He was absolutely brilliant! He got the students hooked on the stories he was telling and he was very fun to have around.
If you'd like to read more about him, checked out his website. The Condor Chronicles (the Primary School Newspaper I ran) also interview him and he gave us some pretty amazing answers! Not to mention the students had an awesome time interviewing the storyteller they had just seen! Click here to read the interview.
This activity is one of the things we do at the Roosevelt Reads! Committee. The idea behind this committee is to promote literacy school wide with fun activities. Each year two books are chosen as part of our One Book One Community programme. The idea is that the entire community reads one book (we have one for our little readers and one for our older readers). This books are promoted throughout the year and we celebrate one Family Fun Night (FFN) per semester and try our best to stick to themes that go along the lines of the books chosen.
This year our books were: Oh The Place You'll Go by Dr. Seuss and Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce. Our first FFN, back in October was about Dr. Seuss, so this time FFN was about Millions. Our activities this year were:
Had an impromptu grammar lesson in my after school activity the other day. We were playing Happy Hangman and this came up. Of course no one could figure out what _ball was. Apple I blame you for this!