Friday, July 29, 2011

Santa Fe Steampunk

Mind boggling:

Yesterday, I walked through a REAL STEAMPUNK SHIP at the Center for Contemporary Arts in New Mexico!!! It was an experience of a lifetime.  My written reaction can't do it justice, but if you check out the website, hopefully you'll grasp at least the scale of the project -- 50+ artists creating a interactive fictional environment.

And I thought that I was stoked getting Kenneth Oppel's autograph a few years ago ... What an AMAZING work of art in all senses of the word ... I was so awestruck, I didn't take hardly any pictures!!!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

MicroHike from PowerKids Life Science Database

Here is a scan of the printout I made of the PowerKids Life Science Database's "MicroHike" which I referenced in the I Spy: Near and Far family program :

I feel that sharing this scan is within the fair use and educational copyright clauses.

I wonder if it would still have been within copyright if I gave a copy of this handout and a piece of string to the the families as their "take-away" item ... ?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Freedom of Information and Privatization of Libraries

A family friend in Idaho sent this newspaper clipping to me.  It's a super reminder of the convenient library services we have in the United States.

Thinking of kinds of libraries and how they are run makes me consider the privatization of libraries ... and makes me think of the beginning of libraries in the United States as the "subscription" libraries where members paid fees.  I worry that if libraries become wholly privatized that owners will curb and mold access to information (a la the controlling parties in Ukraine) as well as charge membership fees that will greatly and easily surpass the tax monies patrons currently pay.

Here is a Google Bookmarks link:!threadID=GIyRVPdy7Dpg%2FBDQoYZAoQ-ablvYsm where I've begun collecting information on Privatization of Libraries.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Graphic Novels for Teens/Adults

I have graphic novel on the brain!  So I made it into a (children's) display today.  Here's a sign available for download by clicking on "Graphics" under the "Youth Services Programs and Resources" heading in the upper right hand corner of this blog:

Speaking of graphic novels, I just finished reading Scenes from an Impending Marriage (LOL!) and Artichoke Tales (What?) ... Even with the pictoral character key on the end pages of Artichoke Tales, I had trouble distinguishing one character from the other.  Anyone else read these two?  In the carousel below are other more teen or adult graphic novels that I currently have checked out but haven't read yet.

Update: 7/25/11 I now realize Big Crunch isn't a graphic novel ... cover is very intriguing though ...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I Spy: Near and Far

I'm a little frustrated that Google Docs has made its older version unavailable.  (The older version allowed me to grab the embed code from my uploaded PDFs' "Properties".)  As far as I can work out, there's no simple way to embed an uploaded document.  (It's a different story if one uses Google to create the document in the first place.)  So I grabbed an embed code from somewhere on the net.  I'd like to display the code here, but I don't know how to display the code without the computer thinking I want it to follow through with the command.  Contact me if you'd like the embed code.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Home, Sweet Home Storytime Progam for Preschoolers

Here's a home themed program for preschoolers -- a bit more substance and involvement (talking/detail) than the toddler program.  I like having the early literacy tips highlighted simply in the side bar.

The embedded PDF above is available for download by clicking on "Toddler, ages 2 and 3" under the "Youth Services Programs and Resources" heading in the upper right hand corner of this blog:

"Kye Kye Kule" lyrics and signs in the "Graphics" folder.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Home, Sweet Home Storytime Program for Toddlers

I was (re) introduced to Microsoft Publisher and the possibilities it brings for attractive programming handouts.  Here's my first stab at it.  (You can see I'm still into a mostly linear approach ;) )  It's a balancing act trying to give myself an outline while putting in those early literacy and take home tips for the caregivers. 

This new format is making me think more about an interactive handout for children and caregivers to use at home.  The activity sheet on the back was the first step, but I feel the outline itself could be more interactive ...

The embedded PDF above is available for download by clicking on "Toddler, ages 2 and 3" under the "Youth Services Programs and Resources" heading in the upper right hand corner of this blog:

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Graphic Novel, Squish the Super Amoeba ... and Peggy Paramecium

Speaking of graphic novels ... I recently read Squish: Super Amoeba, the first volume in a new series by the creators of well-known Babymouse.  I LOVED the humor (don't forget to watch the face change on Squish's hat!), the successful use of panels versus no panels, and the incorporation of the micro and simple organisims I learned about in middle school.  I also love the labeling in this graphic novel.  For example, below you'll see that Principal Planarian gets a stamped name as well as an arrow with further information.

I'm a little obsessed with Peggy (Paramecium) and wish I could have the original illustration of these two pages:  

I also love the following "running" late to school action scene ... Reminds me of my recent "great exercise" in the airport.  Perhaps I need to adopt a little more of Peggy's postive attitude ...

It'd be awesome to do a "Squish the Super Amoeba and Science" program ... You could show videos like this one ... a "real" interpretation of Peggy running!

Or this video about planarian regeneration from Exploratorium's Microscope Imaging Station:  

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Improving Your Storytelling Skills

Leafing through Doug Lipman's Improving Your Storytelling Skills, I came away with two reminders and a new thought.

Lipman reminded me about the importance of consciousness during the storytelling experience: "Notice the humanity of the audience." (174) This subdues fear and creates a successful experience for all.
He reminded me that "good storytelling always incorporates other art forms" and that each of us has a way of storytelling that is natural to us.

Related to this conscious, natural form of storytelling comes the new thought ... Instead of planning to tell a story, have you ever waited for a story from your repetoire to "call" to you?  Not only does this make me feel the smallness of my repetoire, but it stretches the teller to rely on previous practice and the art of free flow telling.

It's another goal to aspire toward!