Saturday, August 28, 2010

Science Behind Story (Resource) and Assisted Reproductive Technology in Children's Books

I happened across Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story by Kendall Haven.  How perfect it would have been for my March "Science through Stories" presentation! 

The title was referenced in the Summer/Fall 2010 Children and Libraries article called "Where Did I Really Come From?": Assisted Reproductive Technology in Self-Published Children's Picture Books by Patricia Mendell and Patricia Sarles.

I transformed Mendell and Sarles's hard copy, annotated bibliography into a Worldcat List.  Look at it here.

Take a look at my other themed bibliographies (storytime lists), too.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Truth in Story from Katherine Paterson

Quoted from Gates of Excellence: On Reading and Writing Books for Children by Katherine Paterson (56-7):

"Is it true?" the child asks.  "Is your story true?"

Ha! you say.  We adults don't ask that question because we know you write fiction -- and fiction "is the act of feigning or imagining that which does not exist or is not actual." Ergo -- fiction by definition is not true. 

I'm being unfair.  Some of you are wiser than that.  And although you may never voice the question to the writer, you will come to one of my novels or to anyone's novel with that same question.  Is it true?

And my answer for you is the same answer that I give the child who asks.  "I hope so.  I meant for it to be true.  I tried hard to make it so."

...civilization as well as education takes a downward spiral when it ceases to ask, "What is truth?" and concerns itself primarily with what is measurable."

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Marketing: Visual Presentation

An aspect of leadership that I see peeking through my posts (and within my life) is the topic of marketing or presentation.

I'm not only referring to how one presents oneself professionally to answer questions and resolve conflicts or how one should or could present a library program, I am also very interested in the physical, visual pieces of marketing such as the activity sheets handed out at storytimes or the displays and signage within the library.

If you look in the top right corner of this blog under "Youth Services Resources," you will find pictures of some of my displays (bulletin board and storytime set ups).  You can also visually compare my earlier storytime program handouts to my newer ones.  I am definitely working toward finding a user friendly, visually appealing, and informative take home handout that will enforce the Early Literacy Skills.

Speaking of visual presentation to market programs, I came across the MyFonts website while following a conversation on the YALSA listserv.  Use the website to determine fonts and use Da to download and choose others.

Visual organization (from websites to posters) is just as important as physical organization, and I think it is safe to say that Libraries do and are starting to recognize this in more detail.  (I'm thinking of the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program at Kent State University.) 

I would be interested in hearing others' thoughts (and seeing others' visuals!) on this topic.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Cell Phones in Libraries

Keep Them

and teach them
("them" is their owner ...)
to chose ringtones
that resonate

Sell phones in libraries...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Programming Resources on This Blog

I am no longer using my pbworks page to share my program handouts.

Please look in the top, right hand corner of this blog (
for these handouts as well as OTHER programming resources such as booklists and photos of displays! 

Technology increases opportunities to learn and share.