Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Can't Wait?

Below are some timely tips from The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Holidays by Joshua Piven & David Borgenicht. (Available in the Shorecrest Library.) 
Did you ever sneak a peek at your gifts? Poll results: All the time, everyone knows I do (0%); Yes, but no one will never know (17%); Guilty! Was caught red-handed (0%); Only once, it spoiled the magic (20%); No, no, never (22%)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Biblio-Mat

A book store, The Monkey's Paw, created a random book dispenser and now it's a Toronto tourist attraction.
The Biblio-Mat combines the charm of a gumball machine with the surprise element of a raffle. The machine jumps to life once money’s inserted. With a bit of overt drama--cranking and whirring and ringing that invoke old machinery--the dispenser then releases a used title from its stock, dropping it into a slot for a happy reader to walk away with. (Co.Exist)
 ...an artful alternative to the ubiquitous and often ignored discount sidewalk bin. (Craig Small)
See it in action and read more about it's success.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Have you met 

Dewey & friends 

at the library?

We'd love to hear

your ideas for naming 

Dewey's friends.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Retro Library Posters

Even though the posters are from the 1960's the books at SC are still shelved the same way! Check out more vintage posters: Vintage Ads for Libraries and Reading by Maria Popova.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Movie Trailer Tease

Check out the video produced for Mr. Kidd's English 9 class. Students, Cameron & Rose hope their book trailer will entice you to read The Glass Castle written by Jeannette Walls.

Monday, November 5, 2012

November = NaNoWriMo
National Novel Writing Month is here. Start November 1 and finish writing a novel by midnight, November 30!!
The Young Writers Program (YWP) allows
17-and-under participants
to set individual word-count goals. 

Friday, November 2, 2012

"The dog ate my homework"— ranked third

Mozy, an online data backup service, conducted a survey of 1,000 students from kindergarten to those in higher education and found that 60 percent of them still tell teachers and professors “the dog ate their homework” as an excuse for not turning in assignments. (The Telegraph)
Image from QPups

Top 5 Most Common Excuses
I emailed it to you, but I got a bounce-back email
I finished my homework but then I deleted it by accident
The dog ate it
My computer crashed and I lost it
My printer broke

Most Bizarre Excuses
My goldfish ate it
My pet horse ate it
My keyboard got snapped in half
I went on holiday and airport security took it away
I left it in the sun too long and the ink faded
The dog spilt cake on it
It accidently got put on the bonfire
I put it in the fridge so that I would remember it when I got the milk out for my cereal but I had toast that morning
I was in a car crash
I was walking through the park and a bee stung me so I ran to save myself and dropped my homework
I dropped it in the river and it got caught by the current

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Evergreen Award

“I wondered why humankind seemed so dead set on destroying all of its accomplishments. We draw on cave walls, spend thousands of years developing complex language systems, the printing press, computers, and what do we do with it? Create a cash register with the picture of a burger on it, just in case the cashier didn’t finish the second grade….My name is Samhain Corvus LaCroix, and I am a fry cook.”

Well, actually Samhain (aka Sam) is something more than a fry cook – a whole lot more, but he is blissfully unaware until Douglas walks into the fast food joint where Sam works. So begins the dark and dangerous story of young Sam LaCroix and the forces of evil. Sam’s tale unfolds in Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride, one of 10 nominees for this year’s Evergreen Award.

It will be a tough choice – a choice that every YA reader in Washington state may influence by voting for their favorite among the 10. Click to find a taste of all the nominees.

Read some; read them all. Choose the one you most enjoyed and vote by March 15, 2013. More information on the ballot and voting process will follow. Copies of all the titles are on our library shelves (at least, at the moment!) Get started reading – you won’t be disappointed.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Please leave your food & drinks at the door before entering the library.

Sorry, no food or drinks are allowed in the library. Please follow this simple rule so we won't need to install a food detector or become food police.

Image from The Librarian from the Black Lagoon by Mike Thaler (Author), Jared Lee (Illustrator)

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

By October 31: ALL students must turn in an INDIVIDUAL USER ACCESS INFORMED CONSENT AND RELEASE FORM to the library. Any student without a form on file by this date will be subject to additional restrictions on their access to the district’s electronic resources. The form will be available in school offices and libraries, and can be downloaded at: http://schools.shorelineschools.org/technology/files/2012/08/2314F.pdf

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Welcome Back from the Library Staff

Crystal Mounsey Computer Technician Kathy Jordan
Library Tech
Lynn Franklin
Tech Support Assistant
Terry Cho
Library Media Tech
Kate Pankiewicz

You can wear a hat or take it off, but either way it's a conversation piece. ~ Hedda Hopper
Talk to us. We're here to help you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

My son (who is 20) recalls reading the 1960 edition (cover B) at Kellogg. How about you? Which edition did you read? Take the poll on the right and select your cover edition. From Slate's slideshow, Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 Book Covers Through Time.
Poll results: A = 63%, B = 22%, C = 4%, D = 9%, E = 9%, F = 9%, G = 4%, H = 9%, I  = 4%, J = 4%, K = 4%, L = 9% 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Don't let 
overdue books 
burst your fun.

Have an overdue book?
You must have a receipt to get your annual.
Ask for one.

Please hand your overdue book
to a staff person in the library.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

I adore words, but let's face it: books suck.

The provocative statement above is from Jeff Atwood's blog entry Books: Bits vs. Atoms. Read Jeff's entire entry to see why he thinks eBooks might be destined to eventually suffer the same fate as the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Below is Jeff's comparison list of cons. Do you agree? Let us know by sending us a comment.
Printed Books...
Are heavy.
Take up too much space.
Have to be printed.
Have to be carried in inventory.
Have to be shipped in trucks and planes.
Aren't always available at a library.
May have to be purchased at a bookstore.
Are difficult to find.
Are difficult to search within.
Can go out of print entirely.
Are too expensive.
Are not interactive.
Cannot be updated for errors and addendums.
Are often copyrighted.
Always require a reading device.
Cannot be loaned to friends.
Cannot be resold to others.
Cannot be donated to libraries.
May be encumbered with copy protection.
May be in a format your reader cannot understand.
May refuse to load for any reason the publisher deems necessary.
May have incomplete or broken or obsolete layout.
May have low-resolution bitmapped images that are inferior to print.
May be a substantially worse reading experience than print except on very high resolution reading devices.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

The danger of putting things in books that kids might imitate???

IN THE NEWS: Local teen escapes being swept over a water fall
He [the teen] recalls thinking about a young character who fell into a river in a one of the Pendragon Adventure novels by author D.J. MacHale. The character knew to stay away from the middle of the river, where the current was strongest, and to let the water carry him feet-first. Seattle Times article  

Reaction from the author...
As someone who writes for kids, I often get push-back from various studios/networks/publishers etc. who are worried about my putting things in shows/books that kids might imitate at home and get in trouble. Or hurt themselves. So…it’s nice to see that it can work the other way too. Nice work, William. Glad you’re okay. DJ MacHale's blog

Monday, May 21, 2012

Tricked into identifying

Réné Magritte, La reproduction interdite, 1937
Researchers found that people who strongly identified with a fictional character who overcame obstacles to vote were significantly more likely to vote in a real election several days later. Ohio State Research News

The readers in the Ohio State study did become more understanding of gay and black people after they were (let’s not put too fine a point on it) tricked into identifying with them. This type of sleight-of-hand is something only a non-visual medium like prose fiction can pull off. Can you identify? by Laura Miller

A common readerly assumption defaults all major characters to white unless their race is otherwise specified. (And sometimes not even then, as quite a few young fans of “The Hunger Games” demonstrated by being astonished when a supporting character, clearly described as black in the novel, was played by a black actress in the film.) Can you identify? by Laura Miller

Experience-taking doesn’t happen all the time. It only occurs when people are able to forget about themselves and their own self-concept and self-identity while reading. In one experiment, the researchers found that most college students were unable to undergo experience-taking if they were reading in a cubicle with a mirror. Ohio State Research News

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rewind:  50 years ago -- A computer the size of suitcase

Dr. Mauchly predicted in 1962 that everyone will be walking around with his own personalized computer within a decade. Plus he was working on a pocket variety which, he said, may eliminate the housewife's weekly shopping list and the chore of filling it by hand. from the Atlantic

Fast forward:  Fall 2012 -- iPads @ Shorecrest

Are you looking forward to iPads? Take the poll on the right.
Dr. John W. Mauchly, inventor of some of the original room-size electronic computers, poses in Washington, DC, on November 2, 1962 with one the size of a suitcase. (AP Photo/Byron Rollins) See more 1962 photos, including the Seattle World's Fair

Monday, May 7, 2012

Looking for CQ Researcher?

Wondering where in the heck the eLibrary link went? The Shorecrest databases have moved to a new neighborhood, effective May 7, 2012. Our new service, VIA, allows all of you to use our databases and ebooks with just a single login and password.

See the rainbow flower over there on the right? Click on it, enter the new Login and Password, and you will have access to all the databases and eResources. So cool! Just ONE login and ONE password for everything.

(Wondering what the that login and password are? They are not a secret. Ask Mrs P, Mrs Jordan or Mrs Cho. Look around the library. Check with one of your teachers. Quiz Mr Hegarty or Ms Queen.)

And the Center of Your Virtual Universe (i.e., the Shorecrest Library Page) just keeps on getting better and better. C'est la VIA !

Monday, April 16, 2012

Book page + Computer screen = Revealed poetry

Did you ever use lemon juice to write an invisible note?  Or decode messages using a mirror?  What if a book can only be read when placed in front of a webcam? That is the revolutionary reading experience provided by Between Page and Screen. This book is a collaboration between poet and book artist Amaranth Borsuk and programmer Brad Bouse.
Properly situating the book in front of your computer’s webcam takes a bit of practice but once you get the hang of it the pun-rich missives between P and S are unleashed. Certain entries initially show up on the screen as if you are reading them in a mirror, and it takes some maneuvering to arrive at that aha moment when you realize you just need to turn the page around to invert the text. Soon enough, the reading experience pulls you in like any other. Word-play animations splice up the word “hear” into “he” and “ear.” The letters between P and S speak to the project’s larger themes, making assertions like “page don’t cage me in” and “a screen is a shield, but also a veil,” asking questions like “What are boundaries anyway?” from Salon.com

Try it now.

Use this link to print a preview marker & then click here to test it out. Any computer with a webcam can view Between Page and Screen.

Read & learn more about this amazing book at salon.com or betweenpageandscreen.com.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Not a student was stirring??

Click and listen to a recording of first period in the library, then take our poll (in the column on the right) to guess how many students were in the library. Recorded 4/4/12

And for contrast, click here and listen to TAP Intervention. (Recorded on the same day!) Come back to see the answer when the poll closes.

And the answer is 40 students.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Murder in the Library!

(And the talented author Barry Lyga was the man whodunit.) On Tuesday, April 3rd, several classes spent a fascinating hour with Lyga as he read from his newest book – I Hunt Killers. This is the gripping story of a 17-year old Jazz Dent whose ‘passion’ is serial killers; among the more famous members of this group is Jazz’s father. Lyga spoke also about his own passion for writing, his journey to be a published author, and the serendipitous path that lead to his latest release. I Hunt Killers is in our library, along with Lyga’s other books. Visit Barry Lyga's website.

And a HUGE thank you to our own Third Place Books for providing this opportunity. Stop by and browse next time you're at LFP mall.

Monday, April 2, 2012

"The Snowy Day" still unusual 50 years later

Shorecrest is not the only one celebrating a 50 year anniversary.
Peter’s wondrous day full of snow angels and snowballs is something so many children can relate to. ...made in the midst of the Civil Rights movement, Keats’s book became the first full-color, mainstream picture book to feature a black boy as the main character.

“He made the hero black, because he was there,” ... It wasn’t anything really more complicated than that.”

...this is a great story. It’s not that we’re all equal, it’s not that we’re all the same. We just are.

A book like 'Snowy Day' with an African-American protagonist would still be unusual 50 years later. ...The problem is not a decrease in demand... The problem now stems more from a business, rather than sociological, perspective.

“It used to be that schools and libraries were a bigger force, but with cuts to funding, they don’t have the buying power they had 20 years ago,” Horning said. “The influence is on what will sell in the bookstore. And that can have an impact on what gets published.”
Read more. From The Christian Science Monitor, by Meredith Bennett-Smith 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Spirit Week in the Library

Thursday: Twister & Friday: Jeopardy

Wednesday: March Madness

Tuesday: Family Feud

Monday: Scrabble

Monday, March 26, 2012

My Favorite Character is...
  • Katniss because of her willingness to make difficult choices for her family. ~ A
  • Peeta because of his undying love for Katniss and his determination to remain himself in the games. ~ R
  • Gale because he's hardworking, likable, trustworthy, supportive. ~ J
  • Rue because she is smart, survives for a short period of time) against all odds, saves Katniss' life, and know what plants to eat. I would really like to see the movie. ~ D
  • Haymitch because he is the kind of person who acts like he doesn't care, but he does. Every good book/movie needs a loving drunk. ~ C
  • Cinna because he is supportive of Katniss. He is from the Capitol, but he still is against it, and does not believe in the Games. This shows that there is more than black & white to each cause. ~ R

Monday, March 19, 2012

FREE TICKETS ~ May the odds be ever in your favor

Countdown to The Games! This Friday, March 23rd brings the release of The Hunger Games – the movie. I know when I first read the book, I couldn’t put it down. It was tense, compelling, and thought-provoking. I don’t think I need to entice any of you to read this fabulous series; so many of you already have. But if you are among the few that haven’t, what are you waiting for?

And now, the SC library is offering you a chance to see the movie. Stop by Ms. Jordan’s desk to enter our drawing for 2 free tickets to the movie or a great poster of the movie’s stars. The drawing will be held this Friday, March 23rd. Your entry includes a short, written response that asks you identify your favorite character in the story and explain why you chose that someone. Entries will be posted in the library.

It isn’t often a book and its movie generate this much interest and discussion. I love that all of you readers have had such influence!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Neuroscience suggests that reading fiction improves your social skills.
...individuals who frequently read fiction seem to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and see the world from their perspective.
...as we identify with characters’ longings and frustrations, guess at their hidden motives and track their encounters with friends and enemies, neighbors and lovers. It is an exercise that hones our real-life social skills...
Read more
Your Brain on Fiction
by Annie Murphy Paul

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Not Your Average Bookstores

Wow! Click to see more photos.
With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little grim for the brick and mortar booksellers of the world. After all, why would anyone leave the comfort of their couch to buy a book when with just a click of a button, they could have it delivered to their door? Well, here’s why: bookstores so beautiful they’re worth getting out of the house (or the country) to visit whether you need a new hardcover or not.  (from Flavorwire)
The Honesty Bookshop, Hay-on-Wye, UK [via]
Assouline Books, Paris, France [via]
Livraria Cultura, São Paulo, Brazil [via]

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Did you scan a QR code? 
Is that how you ended up here? 
If so, thanks for participating.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

And the Oscar goes to...

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
Is the video not playing? Click here
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore for Best Animated Short. Not a single spoken word is uttered, but thousands of hand-painted books were created for William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg’s film. Play the trailer above or better yet -- view the complete 15 minute movie on YouTube. Then decide if it depicts "the curative powers of story" (according to the filmmakers) or "a dire warning against the fetishization of books" (see New Yorker article). Photo & Film: Moonbot Studios

Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Question Box

Poor rural areas in India and Africa are accessing the power of the internet without being computer literate. The solution (a low tech bridge to high tech) will open your mind. Read more at The Christian Science Monitor.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

No, Thank You!

We love thank you notes. And a big thank you back to SC ASB for putting on a staff appreciation sesh.

Friday, February 3, 2012


Last Monday, Jan 30th, author John Green stopped by Third Place Books to read from and sign copies of his latest release, The Fault in Our Stars. His brother, Hank, was with him. The Famous Vlogbrothers!!

I read the book over the weekend; I laughed and cried. It is at once heartbreaking and richly funny. Add in the philosophical threads, Shakespeare’s sonnets (and a quote or two from his plays), Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson’s poetry – what a wonderful read. I have a huge crush on Augustus Waters.

Dystopian and dark stories are currently popular with fiction writers. Green bravely takes one of the most hopeless of situations – teenagers struggling with life-changing and life-ending cancer and looks it square in the eye. We will all die. So how do we manage to live?

Green is not only a great teller of stories but an irrepressible human being. He is fast-talking, witty, warm, intelligent, curious, and genuine. If you take a look at his life and read his books, you will also learn that he had great difficulty making friends during his teen years. Most likely, he was awkward and unsure of himself, totally on the outside looking in. That’s why I want you to take a look at this youtube clip from his presentation at Third Place; listen to the audience, check out their response to him – 800 people from all over who wanted to connect with this amazing guy (well, two amazing guys actually). Watch the video and then repeat after me: “There is life after high school and it looks pretty-darn fun!”
Video from VLOGBROTHERS @ http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers X

How It Felt Is the video not playing? Click here.