My son turned 2 earlier this month and we had a Where the Wild Things Are party. My husband and I had fun decorating and coming up with ideas. And of course, I must think the great brain that is Pinterest for much inspiration! I thought if anyone might appreciate what we did, it would be anyone… Continue reading Where the Wild Things Are Decorations & Craft
I saw this on a wall in a model home but thought it would make a great wall behind a circ desk in a library.
A guy named Ben Bizzle created a Dropbox folder called “Library Facebook Images Dropbox” to collect and share freely images that libraries could use on social media. What a wonderful tool! The collection has apparently grown to over 1,000 images with more than 800 librarians accessing the content. It seems they have outgrown Dropbox and… Continue reading The Library Facebook Images Dropbox Collection
Unite for Literacy is a for-profit organization out of Colorado that provides a platform to make digital picture books available for free online to battle book scarcity.
They have created an interactive map showing the estimated percentage of homes with more than 100 books around the country.
Unite for Literacy has created the Book Desert Map to make the problem of book scarcity visible. Their purpose was to initiate conversation across the public, private and civic sectors about the geography of books and reading. Unite for Literacy looked at the number of books in 4th graders’ homes, community income, ethnicity, geography, and home language data from the NAEP and the American Community Survey. They performed a statistical analysis of that data and produced this map showing the estimated percentage of homes with more than 100 books at the state, county and census tract levels.
LEGEND: Estimated percentage of homes with more than 100 books.
via Public Libraries – Book Deserts to Book Abundance.
I zoomed in to take a look at Austin. It was no surprise to me that Interstate 35 was a huge dividing line. While Austin can definitely boast to be the most liberal city in a very conservative state, it very unfortunately has also been said to be one of the most segregated. I-35 goes right up the middle of the city. I think you will be able to see where the poorer population lives by taking a look at this map.
Find your city and take a screen shot. Next time someone tells you we don’t need libraries, show them this.
I have always been a big fan of Wikipedia but felt I had to keep that to myself when I first began library school. Everyone was so against it. It did, after all, threaten our very existence as librarians! (No, not really). It was really that kind of attitude that made me want to be… Continue reading Less abstinence and more PLUS for real information literacy
Google Search Education provides search literacy lesson plans that can be used in the classroom to teach students about picking the right search terms, understanding search results, narrowing a search to get the best results, searching for evidence for research tasks, evaluating credibility of sources. Each of these topics has a plan developed specifically for… Continue reading Search literacy lesson plans from Google for the classroom