No matter what, nobody can take away the dances you’ve already had.
So much job advice lately. Starting to get nervous! I guess I should just *Apply* *Apply* *Apply*!
Probably an unpopular opinion…
It’s taken me weeks to finish The Marriage Plot. I really struggled with it and, frankly, didn’t enjoy it at all. I had read some great reviews though, so I persevered just in case. Nope. Not worth it. Apart from the prose being heavy and drawn out, I wasn’t overly impressed by the depiction of mental illness. Together, these made reading it a chore. I had abandoned Middlesex early on and I wish I had done the same with this.
Anyway, I’m celebrating now, as the whole of Amazon is my oyster. What to download for my personal enjoyment? Ah, the options. I’m tempted by The Goldfinch, but I think I’ll pick something shorter before I move on to that. Any light but beautifully written novellas you could recommend?
Book review: She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
I was slightly hesitant to start reading She Is Not Invisible - as a huge fan of Sedgwick’s gothic historical fiction, I wasn’t sure if his style would translate well to realistic fiction. But I needn’t have worried. Sedgwick has proved himself one of the best and most versatile British authors of young adult fiction, and She Is Not Invisible is one of the most truthful and heartfelt contemporary realistic novels I’ve ever read.
The entire story takes place over one weekend, as Sedgwick’s protagonist, sixteen-year-old Laureth Peak, abducts her younger brother on a quest to find their missing father, following the clues he left behind in his old notebook. Laureth finds herself alone in a strange city with only her kid brother for company, struggling to understand her father’s cryptic and increasingly disturbing notes. And another thing - she’s blind.
It’s a testament to Sedgwick’s skill as a writer that he is able to write such a vivid story with absolutely no visual cues for the reader to follow. It’s been so long since I’ve read a novel featuring a disabled protagonist - and one who isn’t solely defined by her disability. In one particularly brilliant scene, Laureth muses over the lack of realistic blind characters in books, tv shows and movies. There are only two kinds of blind people, she decides: the pathetic, helpless figures of woe, or the superheroes, whose other senses are somehow magically enhanced. Laureth, thankfully, falls into neither category. Yes, she is blind, but she is also sceptical, impulsive, and kind. She is an ordinary teenage girl and a wonderfully well-rounded character.
The mystery Sedgwick has created pays off; Sedgwick’s ending is satisfying and realistic, but more importantly, it’s engaging, and rewards the reader who pays close attention to every little word. She Is Not Invisible is the kind of novel that demands a re-read as soon as you’ve turned the final page - the themes of coincidence, obsession and family are so expertly woven into the book that I keep finding new discoveries just by flicking through a few pages at random.
Whatever Sedgwick writes next, it’s bound to be brilliant, and I already can’t wait to read it.
Rating: 5 stars | ★★★★★
Review cross-posted to Goodreads
I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.
A Diverse Dozen
Looking for some YA books that just happen to have characters of color, LGBT characters, and/or disabled characters? Here’s a diverse dozen titles with something for every reader — contemporary, fantasy, science fiction, and mystery too. (Descriptions are from WorldCat.)
Killer of Enemies by Joseph Bruchac (Tu Books) — In a world that has barely survived an apocalypse that leaves it with pre-twentieth century technology, Lozen is a monster hunter for four tyrants who are holding her family hostage.
Pointe by Brandy Colbert (Putnam) — Four years after Theo’s best friend, Donovan, disappeared at age thirteen, he is found and brought home and Theo puts her health at risk as she decides whether to tell the truth about the abductor, knowing her revelation could end her life-long dream of becoming a professional ballet dancer.
If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth (Arthur A. Levine Books) — Seventh-grader Lewis “Shoe” Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites–and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.
Fake ID by Lamar Giles (Amistad) — “An African-American teen in the Witness Protection Program moves to a new town and finds himself trying to solve a murder mystery when his first friend is found dead.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster) — Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.
Pantomime by Laura Lam (Strange Chemistry) — Gene, the daughter of a noble family, runs away from the decadence of court to R.H. Ragona’s circus of magic, where she meets runaway Micah, whose blood could unlock the mysteries of the world of Ellada.
Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books) — In an adventure reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey, fifteen-year-old Odilia and her four younger sisters embark on a journey to return a dead man to his family in Mexico, aided by La Llorona, but impeded by a witch, a warlock, chupacabras, and more.
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina (Candlewick) — One morning before school, some girl tells Piddy Sanchez that Yaqui Delgado hates her and wants to kick her ass. Piddy doesn’t even know who Yaqui is, never mind what she’s done to piss her off. Word is that Yaqui thinks Piddy is stuck-up, shakes her stuff when she walks, and isn’t Latin enough with her white skin, good grades, and no accent. And Yaqui isn’t kidding around, so Piddy better watch her back. At first Piddy is more concerned with trying to find out more about the father she’s never met and how to balance honors courses with her weekend job at the neighborhood hair salon. But as the harassment escalates, avoiding Yaqui and her gang starts to take over Piddy’s life. Is there any way for Piddy to survive without closing herself off or running away?
Rogue by Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Nancy Paulsen Books) — An eighth-grade girl with Asperger’s syndrome tries to befriend her new neighbor, facing many challenges along the way.
More Than This by Patrick Ness (Candlewick) — A boy named Seth drowns, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What’s going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.
Prophecy by Ellen Oh (HarperTeen) —A demon slayer, the only female warrior in the King’s army, must battle demon soldiers, an evil shaman, and the Demon Lord to find the lost ruby of the Dragon King’s prophecy and save her kingdom.
Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Hyperion) — After Sophie Winters survives a brutal attack in which her best friend, Mina, is murdered, she sets out to find the killer. At the same time she must prove she is free of her past Oxy addiction and in no way to blame for Mina’s death.
As a librarian, we help to teach people how to become self-sufficient on the computer, how to find the answer to patron’s questions (no offence Google, but while you may come back with a million answers, we librarians come back with the right answer), develop graphic designs for advertisement, act as a social media managers, handle reader’s advisory, teach information literacy classes, act as storytellers, teach children. We wear many many caps.
Things my ideal academic library would do for students:
- Archive old exams (with prof permission obv)
- Provide a casual forum online for discussion of courses and material
- Get rid of desktop computers in exchange for laptops that can be moved around, allowing for more flexible seating
- Connect with Career Services or related facilities on campus
- Meet one-on-one with grad students and postdocs right from their admission
- Go to the “single service point” model
- Allow students to book appointments online with reference librarians
- Put writing and tutoring help physically in the library
- Connect with counselling services
- Reject DRM in e-books entirely
- Encourage use (and editing!) of wikipedia
- Ecnourage use of EasyBib when teaching citation
- Have printing and office supplies completely separate from the library
- Facilitate downloading/”borrowing” of legal copies of expensive software
- Host a regularly rotating display of student art
- Provide service in more than one language
Building an Online Presence & Constructing your Personal Brand for Librarians
Join our webinar and learn how to market yourself and cultivate your online presence. Michelle Kraft will discuss building an online presence and how to start networking virtually from a special librarian perspective. Justin Hoenke willtalk about creating an e-portfolio and building a web presence from a public librarian perspective. We will have 20 minutes at the end for Q&A.
Time: Wednesday, April 23rd at 4:00-5:00
Teacher-librarians are the heart of the school. And without a teacher-librarian, there is no central focus on literature. There is no support for families, for students, for teachers, for staff on literature, on professional development, on research.
Technology blog of the Brooklyn Museum
I think anyone who works on a social media with a collection needs to read this. [Spoiler: One insight is BE ON TUMBLR]
this is brilliant. use what works, dump what doesn’t. the only “magic bullet” in successful outreach is to know your audience. I only said that for drama, I have no facts to back it up. but I bet it’s true.
This is a great article. But if you’re seeing lack of engagement in Facebook, it might not be not your users, it’s a long-term, intentional strategy by Facebook to force organizations to pay for advertising instead of using Pages (article from 2012!).
Tumblarians, which social media outlets are working for you? Which ones are you dumping?
I wish I could take over my library’s social media accts (fb, twitter, flickr, and delicious bleh!). I’d make them so much cooler than they are now! But alas, they just suck as most .gov sites do.
5 Dimensions Of Digital Literacy
2. Meaning Making
(via 5 Dimensions Of Critical Digital Literacy: A Framework)
I love a good info graphic!