Thursday, December 18, 2014

Students Create Holiday Cheer

The library door was decorated by Mrs. P & Mrs. Forrey's Highlander Home. Thank you, we love it.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


The library in Ferguson, Missouri, which stayed open as an ad hoc school after the grand jury decision not to indict an officer over the shooting of an unarmed teenager prompted rioting and school closures earlier this week, has been overwhelmed by donations, raising raising more than $175,000 in less than two days. The Guardian

Update: As of Dec 15, the total donations now top $350,000.

"It means we can do a whole lot more programming that's focused on the community, [and] long overdue updates to the library. We have infrastructure needs that should have been taken care of 10 years ago. But what I really hope I can do is to get a full-time children's or programming librarian," Bonner says. NPR

Friday, November 21, 2014

Art & Books Unite

"We embrace the digital but we all still love books and the book hive is a wonderful blend of art and engineering, reminding us of the intrinsic beauty and love affair we have with books as tangible items." 

Book Hive Teaser Trailer from Adam Laity on Vimeo.
Hundreds of old books have been turned into an animatronic honeycomb hive sculpture which will interact with lenders at Bristol Central Library.
The hive is made up of hexagonal frames with movement sensors that react as people walk past, making the pages of the books rustle and creak. The BBC

Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Richard McGuire's innovative 36-panel 1989 comic Here, depicts one location over centuries.

Mr. McGuire, now 56, mostly sat out the graphic-novel boom that followed, instead turning his attention to designing toys, covers for The New Yorker, animated films and children’s books. But now he has popped up through a wormhole of his own, with a full-color, book-length version of “Here” that once again transforms a corner of his childhood living room in New Jersey into a staging ground for all of earthly history.
The work will be published next month as both a hardcover book and an e-book. The e-book reshuffles the non-linear book further and creates new combinations of panels, making new connections. 
The Atlantic
Each two-page spread features a fixed view of the room in a certain year, with pop-up windows giving glimpses of what might have been visible in exactly that spot at various moments in the past and future: from the tail of a passing dinosaur to a 1960s children’s birthday party to a quiet late-21st-century fireside chat. NY Times

Friday, November 14, 2014

Treasures from Scanning Books

Many critics of the Internet have bemoaned what ebooks will do to our reading experience, but if anything, the pervasiveness of pristine digital copies only makes encounters with yesterday's readers more meaningful—like discovering a message in a bottle.
For Krissy Wilson it's found art and she has turned it into a Tumblr project, The Art Of Google Books

Monday, November 10, 2014

A Book Box

A new use for an old favorite book. Looks artsy, but is it practical?
‘a book box’ presents the beloved, yet long-not-read, book mounted to the wall. Framed and exhibited, it is presented with a new functionality. Opened, the book covers the contents inside. Closing the book opens the box. The book turns into a trap door that reveals a storage area or secret compartment.
If interest in the book remains it is very easy to take the contraption of the wall and read the book, inside the box. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

What books have stayed with you?

Is Harry Potter in your top-ten?

Back in September, Facebook tallied up the results of that status game worldwide. Its findings? The Harry Potter series, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Lord of the Rings, and Pride and Prejudice led the way. They were followed by none other than the Bible. 
Since then, the game has gotten bigger, spreading to other countries and languages. In a new blog post, Facebook has unveiled which books are beloved in nations that have had 20,000 or more responses—that is, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, and the Philippines. 
What did they find? In those six nations—as in the U.S. and U.K.-dominated first tally—the Boy Who Lives dominates. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Singin' in the Library

It's true. The library is a happening place.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Purrfect Snooze

Be sure to read the titles and submit your own catty titles in the comments section.
Image from Cottage Garden Collections Music Box

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The No. 1 spot on the list of frequently most challenged books for 2014 is...

...Captain Underpants

"I don't consider the books to be anti-authoritarian," he  [author Dave Pilky] says, "but I do think it is important, if you think something is wrong, to question authority — because, you know, there are villains in real life, and they don't always wear black capes and black hats. Sometimes they're dressed like authority figures. And kids need to know that it's important to question them."
Read more
Too Graphic? 2014 Banned Books Week Celebrates Challenged Comics  from NPR

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blocked :(

The intentions of using Internet filters in schools are good of course, but they were created in times when it was still possible to shield students from the the dangers of the unknown. Better now is to take needed steps toward educating students about how to live responsibly and productively on the Internet. ...students excel at breaking through filters and accessing whatever they want through proxy servers. It is counterintuitive to move forward with new technology in schools while still holding on to older models of the division between what is potentially harmful and what holds educational value.

Read more
Schools Should Be Teaching Kids How to Use the Internet Well
But outdated web filters make that mission quite difficultThe Atlantic

Monday, September 8, 2014

You can shape your life – take a step.

So many times I hear students and teachers make reference to the ‘REAL WORLD’.

“You’re going to need to know this when you get out in the real world.”

“I don’t need Shakespeare in the real world.”

The ‘real world’ seems to be some time in the future when actual life begins, for serious – after high school, after college, after moving out on your own. And it occurs to me that if you are waiting for real life to begin, you are wasting some pretty precious days and years of that life.

I encourage you to think of now – today – as your life and being at SC as the ‘real world’. Start living these days with some purpose. Own who and what you are. I’d like to suggest a book or two that might help you structure your days and find your purpose. You don’t have to set life goals to begin living your life; set some goals for this afternoon, tomorrow, for the week or month.

Take a look at Sean Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens; it even has a companion workbook to give you an opportunity to think about and practice those habits. Or Covey’s The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make (decisions you are actually beginning to make right now).

Try The Teen’s Guide to World Domination: advice on life, liberty and the pursuit of awesomenesss by Josh Shipp. This very entertaining book also can be personalized to your thoughts and experiences.

And, one of my favorite think-about-your-life books, The Road Less Travelled by Scott Peck. This one is a bit more philosophical but makes some excellent points about living in a more meaningful manner.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Welcome Back

From the Nov 19 2007 New Yorker Cover. Got time to spare? Try the New Yorker jigsaw puzzle. (That's where this image was discovered.)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Read this summer! Is no gonna break yo head!

Check out our new ebooks & audiobooks link above ^. You’ll need 2 things: a mobile device or computer and an Internet connection. Follow the directions on our ebook page for setting up your accounts. We recommend you download the ebook once you’ve checked it out so that you can continue to read it on your device wherever you are.

Go to the Shoreline Public Library or to Lake Forest Park Library; introduce yourselves to Mr Orsillo (@ Shoreline) or Ms Storms (@ LFP) – both are librarians extraordinaire and will have lots of great books to recommend. OR

Wondering what to read?
If you have a favorite author, go to literature map to find other authors who might also appeal to you. OR

Click on one of these links for titles to consider
American Library Association’s Top Ten Books for Teens 2014
Outstanding Books for the College Bound
2015 Evergreen Award nominees (titles now out in paperback for this state award)
Booklist Editors’ Choice for Young Adults

Most importantly: just read! Read anything, turn those pages, swipe those screens, lose yourself in another world, meet people you’d never run into anywhere else.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Return your library books.

All books due on Friday the 13th.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Sensory Fiction: transforming reading the way sound transformed silent film

"Sensory fiction" allows the reader to experience the protagonist's world as she does, with the help of a wearable vest that simulates, among other things, heartbeats and shivers. "The 'augmented' book portrays the scenery and sets the mood," the designers explain, "and the wearable allows the reader to experience the protagonist's physiological emotions.

"So the book is a book ... but it's also a bit of a video game. And a virtual reality experience. And a piece of wearable tech. Instead of asking the reader (well, "the reader") to empathize with its heroine, imaginatively, the novella uses physical stimuli to enforce that connection. The empathy is imposed. The feeling comes from ... the feeling. The Atlantic and SlatePhoto courtesy of MIT Media Lab via Flickr

Monday, April 14, 2014

National Library Week: April 13 – 19, 2014

"...according to the American Library Association, libraries are more used now than ever. And libraries are one of the few noncommercial, nonreligious institutions where people can gather. Libraries are evolving, and one of the things, in some ways, that happens is they're less about books, they're more about communities." — From NPR's interview with Robert Dawson

The photos are from Robert Dawson's book, The Public Library: A Photographic Essay. Over the last eighteen years, photographer Robert has crisscrossed the country documenting hundreds of libraries.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Jail Time for Unreturned Books???

Being jailed for absconding with library materials "is an uncommon occurrence, but can happen once in a while," said Mark Gould of the Chicago-based American Library Association.
Among the most notable library-related arrests came in 2011, when a man from Newton, Iowa, served more than a week in jail for failing to return 11 library books and six CDs worth $770.
Padilla said she saw a spike in returned overdue materials after the arrest.
"We did notice that some things that had been out for quite a while did suddenly come back," she said. Read more at

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

This Book Can Be Read Six Different Ways

Printed in the late 16th century this small book from the National Library of Sweden is an example of sixfold dos-à-dos binding, where six books are conjoined into a single publication but can be read individually with the help of six perfectly placed clasps. Post from Colossal

Monday, March 10, 2014

Evergreen Nominees 2014

If you have read at least two of the Evergreen Award nominees, please vote.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014


Why do you think students write on desks? It makes me sad. Please let us know why. And if you see anyone else doing it, please ask them to stop.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Shorecrest's New Library:

It's fabulous! The students are enjoying the view and comfy chairs.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Shelley Jackson's Short Story in Snow

Yes, we had some snow on Sunday -- but did you write a story in it? Check out Shelley Jackson's Instagram story. (She also wrote a novella on the skin of 2,095 volunteers using tattoos.)

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The library is moving,
please plan ahead.

Feb 4 & 5
Last days for book check-out!

Feb 6 & 7
Closed except for printing & tech support during TAP & Lunch

Feb 10
Closed all day -- NO SERVICES

Feb 11 to 14 
Printing & tech support available during non-class hours.