Three Things to be Grateful for

Life rushes me by, and I look up and realise that January has sped by and now February is to. So I wanted to halt and just reflect on 3 things I am truly grateful for:

  1. Running Water. You see we’ve been renovating the bathroom – our previous shower over the bath was always a dicey adventure as we had two huge cracks near the drain hole. So we saved up and had a walk in shower installed, however three weeks later, one massive hot water leak, and several retiling of the floor later, we’re still waiting to be able to use it. So I’m just grateful we had a hose I could shower under….it’s not fun, but I’m thankful for it. Plus I’m grateful we had one outside dunny…..
  2. My family. I have a small family, and a larger friend family. They are truly wonderful, and supportive. I’m not sure where I would be without them.
  3. Books – they truly are my form of meditation. To get lost amongst the pages for hours is for me to wander in the Elysian Fields.

What are you grateful for?

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Reading Victoria a 2018 Initiative

Initiatives come and go, but when I stumbled across the Reading Victoria collection of writing aimed at depicting Victoria I was intrigued. If you’re looking for a short piece of prose or verse for your classroom, this could be the link you need.

 

Reading Book Challenge 2019 the update

So I posted here about developing a reading book challenge for myself. I’d like to post where I am up to with it, and see how far I’ve actually progressed…..

  1. A Book Published in 2019 – Not yet accomplished
  2. A Book You Own But Never Read – I’m in the process of reading a book I have owned for years on Urban Legends, but just never read…..Work in progress
  3. A Classic – so I read My People by Oodgeroo Noonuccal –  an amazing collection of poetry. Completed. 
  4. A Book Written by an Australian/New Zealand Author- Calypso Summer by Jared Thomas – awesome page turning YA romance featuring a rocking Nukunu lead character. Completed!
  5. A Non-Fiction Book – Gluten Free and Vegan Pie by Jennifer Katzinger. Completed!
  6. An LGBT+ Romance – oooh I will find one…..there are so many great ones to choose from.
  7. A Book with the Protagonist that Shares Your Occupation – Anyone know a good book about a Librarian?
  8. A Book That Has Been Made Into a Movie – do Graphic Novels count???
  9. A Romance Novel With Diverse Lead Characters – I’ll be chasing up suggestions for this one too..
  10. The Bestseller of Your Birth Year – hmm I’ll need to look this up.
  11. A Translated Romance Novel – I’ll track something down…
  12. A Historical Romance Set in Ancient Times – again I’ll need to look for this one….
  13. A Book of Short Stories – oh gosh I think I might have something sitting on table that may be appropriate!
  14. A Book Someone Gave You/Recommended – this one was easy Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey – devoured it in a day. Completed! 
  15. A Book You Chose Based on the Cover Alone – that would have to be Zenobia by Morten Durr. Completed!
  16. A book of free verse or poetry – well I’m loving Oodgeroo so maybe some more of her work?
  17. Banned Novel – ooh what to choose? Any suggestions?
  18. A Book You Started and Never Finished – The Giant Book of New World SF edited by Issac Asimov – started a few years ago and haven’t finished it but it’s a WIP.
  19. A Book You Can Read in One Sitting – a great book by Renee Fogorty called Fair Skin Black Fella – a great book with a great meaning. Should be in every school library. Completed!

So 6 completed, and I’m in February…..seriously if you have suggestions I would love to hear from you about them.

The Economics of Libraries

“Libraries build literate, productive and engaged communities and generate $4.30 in benefit for every dollar invested. ” Libraries Change Lives

So from my perspective Libraries are generating a high return on investment.

For more information and to get involved in the Libraries Change Lives campaign visit here.

Useful Resources from Mr M the Librarian

if you’re new to working in School Libraries, or just want to find out if you’re using all the resources you can Mr M the Librarian has pulled together this great list of truly Useful Resources.

 

The Little Free Library Movement, and a farewell to Todd Bol — BoomingOn

This is a great post, celebrating the act of democracy that is a small free library. I love it, and hope that you’ll be able to get out there and visit a small library soon.

There’s a tiny library down the road from me perched on top of someone’s letterbox. There’s another one just down the road from my daughters house, all brightly coloured and cheery and full of books. In fact, these little neighbourhood libraries are scattered in suburbs all over the world. The man who started the whole […]

via The Little Free Library Movement, and a farewell to Todd Bol — BoomingOn

From A to Zine: Building a Winning Zine Collection in Your Library by Julie Bartel — little lady librarian

I used to help make a Zine, way back in the late 1980’s. It was great fun, and a great way to connect to the slightly mad group of Trek Fans as we waited for the Next Generation to make it’s way to South Australia. I came across this great post, and wanted to share it with you. After all Zine are the ultimate form of publishing what you want to read….

Rating: ★★★★★ Genre: Nonfiction, library science Synopsis: Bartel and her team of zinester librarians helped to create Salt Lake City Public Library’s zine collection. In her book, she discusses what zines are, how to purchase them, and how to set up a zine collection (in terms of space and subject access) in your very own library! Review: From A […]

via From A to Zine: Building a Winning Zine Collection in Your Library by Julie Bartel — little lady librarian

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