today in stupid.
Nah, kids don’t need to look up words. Especially in SCHOOL of all places. Their vocabularies are perfectly cromulent as they are. So shine on, you crazy school in LA, and keep those dictionaries away from kids. They should be using a more hands-on approach to learning about oral sex, anyway. UGH. And for the…
i want to be the frank zappa of librarians.
This list is interesting, if flawed, but what I really enjoyed reading was Tony Buchsbaum’s hijacking of the thread to talk about rating books, censorship, and everyone’s favorite topic, thinking of the children. I’m going to shoot my mouth off here and say that I don’t believe that people use ratings. I think they either…
Brian Herzog wrote an amusing post about a dream he had, wherein he chastised a library user for playing Marco Polo too loudly. Have you ever dreamed about work? When I was still a preschool teacher, I would sometimes dream that somehow all of the children I taught had ended up in my apartment, and…
vintage ALA ad from 1977
Yet so many people don’t know that we still do all of these things today, and more. Where’s the 2010 version of this poster, y’all? Found this poster at the Vintage Ad Browser.
a crony, ms.
I have award fatigue right now. Trying to keep track of the Caudills, the Monarchs, the Cybills, the Lincolns, the Caldecotts, the Newberys, et al, has broken my brain. I realized today that I have no handle on the 2010 Monarch nominees. This is shameful. I begin reading in earnest tomorrow. Speaking of reading (how’s…
reading, pronouncing, and announcing
Peter over at Collection Children’s Books wrote a great post about having a reader’s vocabulary–you know, those words you know from reading them, but are deathly afraid of using in conversation because you have no idea how to pronounce them? (Subcutaneous was a word I loved, but never spoke aloud. I think I heard it…
Space…the library frontier
After seeing this post at ohdeedoh (which is a surprisingly good source of ideas for youth librarians), I decided that my ideal childrens’ department would have to have a wall made entire of felt, a wall painted in chalkboard paint, and a wall with magnetized paint (and a wall of lick-able wall-paper, if it weren’t…
Oak Brook Man Hates Libraries, Children, Puppies
This article is simultaneously funny and heartbreaking. The gist is this: the library lost funding, a little girl spoke about how the library would not be the same without the people that had to be fired (including the children’s librarian), and the puppy hating man in the title, Xinos, rebutted the girl and made her …