Monthly Archives: May 2011

Opening Up to the Public

Ok so while I am putting the finishing touches on my next project I wanted to provide the opportunity for you, the public, to weigh in.  So lets see, what to talk about????

wait, I know!  BOOKS!!!! of course. I mean hello I am a librarian after all. Oh sorry media specialist.  So lets see, where to start with books?   Lets talk about a book I have just read. It is actually one that I did a prior post on (see movie poster).

Swamplandia is a YA novel written from the point of a view of a young girl and her older brother. Shifting between the two, we learn about the Bigtree family a Florida alligator wrestling family, the devastating lost of a valuable member of the family, a ghostly search for a lost sister with an odd bird caller, and an attempt to save the family business.  Ava the young girl idolizes her mother, Hiola a renowned wrestler, who faces a unfortnate fate.  After Hiola succumbs to cancer, the Bigtree family starts to unravel, starting with their patriarch.  Soon the family faces an even larger challenge, saving their beloved Swamplandia Wrestling Park, and getting their family back together.  Both Ava and her brother Kiwi have a plan to save their park and their family, how they go about doing it, are two very different paths.

I highly recommend either reading this or telling a younger family member or even student about it.  This is a solid read that young adults and adults with enjoy.

So why tell you about a book I recently read, well, cause I would like to know what you have just read.  So lets light up the chat board and tell me what you read or reading.  Expect more of these type posts during the summer time, since well I will be off. (so to say that to all of my non-teaching friends).  But please let me know what you reading so I might have things to read in the future.


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Cartoons in the Classroom

History teachers might use political cartoons in the class to showcase how people saw the world.  Elementary school teachers might use cartoons to help with reading comprehension.  And well, graphic novels are a huge hit with YA readers and even adults.  Ok so technically the graphic novels are not to be considered cartoons, but you understand where I am going with this.  So cartoons in the classrooms, do we think that they have value.  Well allow me to introduce you TOONDOO.  TOONDOO is a website that allows you to create cartoons with pre made images (that are all free to use) and add your own text.   No you might be thinking that this is just for humor and other silly cartoons, but you will be shocked to find drawing of President Obama, President Lincoln, Gandhi and even Sylvester Stallone.  The backgrounds and add-ons make the perfect scene to use in both educational and personal cartoons.  Here are two that I made for the library, one to promote library week and one in reference to the a great poet (Mr. Edgar Allen Poe).  Take a look and let me know what you think…I would love to hear from you.

If you want to take a look at what some other people have done fell free to look around.  The sign-up is free and you can even upload photos to add to the cartoon.


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Glogster EDU

Hello ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, allow me to introduce you to GLOGSTER EDU.  Glogster is an online site that allows you create interactive posters.  Interactive posters???? hmmm, what do you mean library lady?  Interactive posters, a poster where you can work independently or collaboratively; where you can add images, videos and music; text, upload data, draw, and even add graphics.  This site is great to allow the students to express themselves creatively.  Use this for assignments that require presentations or maybe even for class site updates or just for a reflection on a recently read book or subject matter.

There is a free version (but you are limited).  There is also a premium version (were the teacher has access to student accounts and classroom management) that costs around $8.30 a month (with access for 200 students).  All subject areas can benefit from this site and all teachers will find great ways to use this in ever aspect for the learning environment.

Here is one that I created for the popular 2004 YA novel Chasing Vermeer.  See it below or use the link to get to site

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