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

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 or

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