Tuesday, December 10, 2019

What's Your Block?

"I’ve recently started to use an app to help me form some good habits and break bad ones, and one of my daily tasks is “read a book for 15 minutes”. I hit that target almost every day and when I do, I usually get in the groove and go for longer, sometimes an hour or more. This has revealed “too little time” and “too much TV” to be falsehoods that I no longer believe — “too much phone” I am still working on." — Jason Kottke Kottke.org

Seahawks Tyler Lockett is a Published Poet

"While scrolling through Facebook back in 2010, Seahawks veteran wide receiver Tyler Lockett found his passion for poetry when he least expected it. The then-high-school senior began writing poetry in his final year at Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The passion turned into a routine method of self-expression as we fast forward nine years to October of 2019 when the All-Pro receiver released his original poetry book, Reflection." Seahawks.com

Thursday, November 7, 2019

The Finns Love Libraries

Helsinki has a library to learn about the world, the city, and each other.
One of the goals of the Oodi library is to make them less afraid of the various contemporary anxieties and from more informed citizens.

Nordic-style social services have not shielded the residents of Finland’s largest city from 21st-century anxieties about climate change, migrants, disruptive technology, and the other forces fueling right-leaning populist movements across Europe. Oodi, which was the product of a 10-year-long public consultation and design process, was conceived in part to resist these fears. “When people are afraid, they focus on short-term selfish solutions,” Laitio said. “They also start looking for scapegoats.”

The central library is built to serve as a kind of citizenship factory, a space for old and new residents to learn about the world, the city, and each other. It’s pointedly sited across from (and at the same level as) the Finnish Parliament House that it shares a public square with.
KottkeCity Lab | ALA Architects

Monday, November 4, 2019

Sign The Petition

Tell Macmillan Publishers that you demand #eBooksForAll
America’s libraries are committed to promoting literacy and a love of reading with diverse collections, programs and services for all ages. Libraries are invested in making sure millions of people can discover and explore new and favorite authors through digital and print collections. Downloadable content and eBooks are often many reader’s front door to accessing material at their local library.

But now one publisher has decided to limit readers’ access to new eBook titles through their libraries.

Beginning November 1, 2019, Macmillan Publishers allows libraries—no matter the size of their city or town—to purchase only one copy of each new eBook title for the first eight weeks after a book’s release.

This is personal.
This embargo limits libraries’ ability to provide access to information for all. It particularly harms library patrons with disabilities or learning issues. One of the great things about eBooks is that they can become large-print books with only a few clicks, and most eBook readers offer fonts and line spacing that make reading easier for people who have dyslexia or other visual challenges. Because portable devices are light and easy to hold, eBooks are easier to use for some people who have physical disabilities.

Sign the petition.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

The Open Book Project

It’s harder to get an open source e-reader than you might think. Kindles are popular, but they lock you into Amazon’s ecosystem. Amazon’s books come with digital rights protection and the company can remove them from your device whenever it wants. Those problems exist on tablets from Barnes and Nobles, Google, and Apple, too. When it comes to open source reading, there’s just no good options. The Open Book Project wants to change that.

As first spotted by Hackster.io, “the Open Book aims to be a simple device that anyone with a soldering iron can build for themselves,” designer Joey Castillo said on the GitHub repository for the project.

One day, Castillo hopes people will be able to read millions of free eBooks on the open source devices. The Open Book is a work in progress, and Castillo hopes to have finalized the basic design by the end of the month. “I'll also have to start writing an open source firmware that can hold a library on an SD card and let people read, but hey, one thing at a time,” he said on his GitHub page. VICE

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

DREAM BIG: Anything is Possible

King County Library System is offering a free, limited-edition, all-access library card featuring Russell or Ciara Wilson. Available while supplies last, now through October 2019. Learn the story behind the cards.

Teen Programs: Skills, Confidence and Role Models for Success
The King County Library System provides youth with a wide variety of programs including: STEAM education, homework help and mentoring, coding classes, ESL support, SAT prep and much more.

And, as part of DREAM BIG: Anything is Possible, the campaign provided underwriting for KCLS’s Teen Voices program which was offered at six King County Library System libraries to motivate, empower and prepare students to be tomorrow’s leaders. Learn how to get involved with teen programs at KCLS.org.

Why Not You Scholars
As part of DREAM BIG: Anything is Possible, the Why Not You Foundation awarded $100,000 in college scholarships in May 2019 to eight deserving students in King County. The Why Not You Scholarship program is in partnership with the College Success Foundation. Four students were awarded $20,000 ($5,000 annually, towards a four-year university), and four students were awarded $5,000 ($2,500 annually, towards a community college or trade school). These need-based scholarships were awarded to King County students who exemplified how they are DREAMING BIG and believing ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Learn about our 2019 cohorts.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Boy Lifts Book; Librarian Changes Boy's Life

Judge Olly Neal grew up in Arkansas during the ’50s and didn’t care much for high school. One day he wandered into the library, where he came across a book by African-American author Frank Yerby. The cover piqued his interest, but Olly didn’t want to risk his reputation by letting his classmates see him voluntarily reading. So rather than check out the book, he stole it. (animated video) NPR article
Attending his 13-year high school reunion, Neal ran into the school's librarian, Mildred Grady. She had seen him trying to steal The Treasure of Pleasant Valley years ago.

"She told me that she saw me take that book when I first took it," Neal said.

"She said, 'My first thought was to go over there and tell him, boy, you don't have to steal a book, you can check them out — they're free.'

"Then she realized what my situation was — that I could not let anybody know I was reading."

Grady told Neal she decided that if he was showing an interest in books, "she and Mrs. Saunders would drive to Memphis and find another one for me to read — and they would put it in the exact same place where the one I'd taken was." 

So, every time Neal decided to take a book home, the pair would set off to the city to find another book for him.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Capturing Historic Smells

Eau de tome These 15 compounds help make up the smell of old books, according to a study carried out by researchers at University College London.

However pleasant it might be for book lovers, Nelson says that old-book smell is ultimately a sign of a book’s slow decay.

“There’s this wonderful romance around old books, but as a curator, that smell makes me think, ‘ooh, that book’s had a hard life,’ ” Nelson laughs.

Chemical analyses such as the ones performed by Bembibre and Strlič could provide opportunities to step in and preserve an item before its degradation passes the point of no return.

Besides aiding with conservation, this chemical analysis of odors will help researchers understand the building blocks of important historical smells, possibly allowing the scientists to recreate those scents, which have largely been lost to time. Chemical & Engineering News

Monday, September 23, 2019

Writing A Sequel

This fall, YA superstar Rainbow Rowell will publish Wayward Son, one of the most anticipated books of the season. It’s a sequel to her 2015 smash hit Carry On, itself inspired by 2013’s Fangirl: In Fangirl, the main character writes fanfiction for the Harry Potter-esque fantasy series Simon Snow, while in Carry On and Wayward Son, Rowell puts her own spin on the Simon Snow universe. It’s original fantasy inspired by fanfiction written within a best-selling contemporary YA novel, and if that sentence fills you with delight, you’re ready to become a Rainbow Rowell fan.
Read the full article @ Vox about writing a sequel. Below is a tidbit.
The weirdest thing was that people are not normally invested in what I write when I’m writing it. I can tweet all day long about my next book and nobody cares, but if I tweet about Baz and Simon it’s different because people care about them already. Which I’m very grateful for. But the responsibility of it is heavy.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

"Double, double toil and trouble"

Eye of newt is a real thing, but not literally.
All of the ingredients in the witches brew are simply ancient terms for herbs, flowers and plants. Some say witches gave these flora gross and disturbing names to deter other people from practicing witchcraft. Here's the translated plant list of what's really in Shakespeare's cauldron [source: Beale]:
  • Eye of newt - mustard seed
  • Toe of frog - buttercup
  • Wool of bat - holly leaves
  • Tongue of dog - houndstongue
  • Adders fork - adders tongue
  • Blind-worm - okay, a blindworm is a real thing; a tiny snake thought to be venomous

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Check Out Your Local Libraries

Shorecrest library has stopped checking out books for the 2018-19 school year, however you can check out our local libraries and...

Keep On Reading!

King County Library System
You can still use KCLS even if you don't have a library card because the school district has a partnership with KCLS!

Sno-Isle Libraries serves residents in Washington's Snohomish and Island counties.

Seattle Public Library
SPL.org In 2007, the Central Library building was voted #108 on the American Institute of Architects' list of Americans' 150 favorite structures in the US.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

One-Word Book Titles

Merriam-Webster asked 11 authors how they came up with their single-word book titles.
Here is Malinda Lo, talking about Ash:
My novel Ash is a retelling of “Cinderella.” In many versions of the story, the main character sits in the hearth to keep warm, and thus is covered in ashes. This is why she’s named Cinderella (Cendrillon in French and Aschenputtel in German), implying a girl covered in cinders or ashes. In From the Beast to the Blonde: On Fairy Tales and Their Tellers, Marina Warner called attention to the significance of ashes in the story, explaining that it was a sign of bereavement. Warner wrote: “Cinderella, in her rags, in her sackcloth and ashes, is a daughter who continues to grieve.”

Many people know “Cinderella” as the story of a poor servant girl who grows up to marry a prince, but the story begins when a young girl loses both of her parents. Grief and loss are the underpinnings of this tale, given symbolic expression by the way she sleeps in the ashes of the kitchen fire. Without this darker beginning, the true love that sets her free at the end wouldn’t have nearly as much impact.

I’m not sure when I chose to name my Cinderella character Ash, but it seemed crystal clear to me that it was the only name she could have. Her story might begin in darkness, but she rises out of the ashes of her grief like a phoenix.
Website: malindalo.com

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Get To The Point!

“Once exclamation points were scary and loud; they made you jump,” Heidi Julavits wrote in her 2015 memoir The Folded Clock. “You were in trouble when the exclamation points came out. They were the nunchucks of punctuation. They were a bark, a scold, a gallows sentence. Not any longer. The exclamation point is lighthearted, even whimsical.” The Atlantic 
Similarly, omitting an exclamation point also transfers whatever you're writing, by making it sound like you hate your co-worker's guts. 
“Thanks!” reads as: Thank you.
“Thanks” reads as: Whatever. 
“Good job!” reads as: Good job.
“Good job” reads as: Congratulations, you’ve accomplished the bare minimum of what we pay you for. The Cut
Don't Use It.
There is really only one rule when it comes to the exclamation mark: don’t use it. This is an exaggeration of course! In fact, rare usage is the point: the Chicago Manual of Style says the exclamation mark ‘should be used sparingly to be effective.’ BBC
  1. If you are writing a highly professional email, or even if you’re writing to a college professor about missing class, don’t use an exclamation point.
  2. Never use an exclamation point in your term paper—it could knock a few points off your overall grade.
  3. If you’re writing a blog post or something that isn’t highly professional, then you can use an exclamation point. Read through and see if you’ve already used one—if you have, then you don’t need more. Write Exciting Information. You Won’t Need a Billion Exclamation Points. grammarly blog

Monday, April 15, 2019

Poem in Your Pocket Day is April 18, 2019

Every April, on Poem in Your Pocket Day, people celebrate by selecting a poem, carrying it with them, and sharing it with others throughout the day at schools, bookstores, libraries, parks, workplaces, and on social media using the hashtag #pocketpoem. Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day this year!

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Create Your Own Blackout Poetry

Chances are you’ve seen it before: a full page of text that looks like the world’s most hard-to-please editor went after it with a thick, black permanent marker, leaving only a smattering of visible words scattered across the page. Or, more simply put, something resembling a heavily-redacted document belonging to the United States government. Sound familiar? It’s called blackout poetry and it’s been popping up with ever-increasing frequency on Instagram and Snapchat, in traditionally-published poetry collections, and even as street art. bustle.com

The library has pages available for you to create your own blackout poetry. (See photo above.) The New York Times even got in on the action, creating a section of their digital newspaper where readers can create their own blackout poetry from New York Times articles, just by clicking.

Friday, April 5, 2019

A Delicious Start to National Poetry Month

Emily Dickinson wrote many poems in the kitchen—often on the backs of labels, recipes and other papers, and these reveal that the kitchen “was a space of creative ferment for her, and that the writing of poetry mixed in her life with the making of delicate treats.” After all, what better way to fill the long interval between putting something good in the oven and getting to eat it?

...whenever Dickinson saw children playing in her family gardens, “she headed for the pantry, filled a basket with cookies or slices of cake—often gingerbread—carried it upstairs to a window in the rear of the house (so their mothers wouldn’t see), and attached the basket to a rope to slowly lower it to the “storm-tossed, starving pirates” or the “lost, roaming circus performers” eagerly waiting below.”

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Journey to "Young Adult" Literature

Young adult literature, as we know it today, has been an exercise in evolution consonant with the evolution of the concept of the young adult itself. It hinges on the obvious fact that there could not be a young adult literature until there were “young adults,” something that didn’t happen until the late 1930s and early 1940s, when there emerged an American youth culture populated by kids newly called “teenagers.”

The word first appeared in print in the September 1941 issue of the magazine Popular Science Monthly. In earlier times, there had been—generally speaking—only two population segments in America: adults and children (the latter becoming adults when they entered the workforce, sometimes at as young as age 10). But in the 1930s and 1940s, driven by a drying-up of the job market during the Great Depression, record numbers of adolescents started attending high school. In 1939, 75 percent of 14- to 17-year-olds were enrolled in high school. A decade earlier only 50 percent had been.

It wasn’t until 1970—three years after the formative publications of The Outsiders and The Contender—that a newly emergent, serious young adult literature was recognized. For the first time ever, an actual YA novel, written specifically for readers in that new, in-between segment of the population—Barbara Wersba’s Run Softly, Go Fast, about a teenage boy’s love-hate relationship with his father—was first admitted to the list.
Art courtesy of Jane Mount/idealbookshelf.com

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Quotes About Libraries

Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities.

R. David Lankes

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

Ray Bradbury

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.

Albert Einstein

Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.

Anne Herbert

A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone.

Jo Godwin

When in doubt go to the library.

J.K. Rowling

Ebook Friendly

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A New Convenient Printing Service

  • Printing is now self-service. No waiting. Pick your printing up from the printers located outside the Tech Office window.
  • Print directly from your Chromebook or iPad.
  • To start off, $3 has been loaded into every student’s 
PaperCut account.
  • Cost per page is 10¢ for black & white, 40¢ for color.
  • Printing is prevented if there isn’t enough money in your account to cover your print request.
  • Add money to your PaperCut account through Ms. Denny at the ASB window.
  • Printing from the library computers will require logging into your K12 account using the Chrome browser.
  • Check your PaperCut balance at http://printserv1.shorelineschools.org:9191/user
. Use your standard K12 user log in information.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Public Domain Day

Safety Last! is a 1923 American silent film
“Whose woods these are, I think I”—whoa! We can’t quote any more of Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” because it is still under copyright as this magazine goes to press. But come January 1, 2019, we, you, and everyone in America will be able to quote it at length on any platform. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, all works first published in the United States in 1923 will enter the public domain. It has been 21 years since the last mass expiration of copyright in the U.S. Smithsonian Magazine
Unfortunately, the fact that works from 1923 are legally available does not mean they are actually available. Many of these works are lost entirely or literally disintegrating (as with old films and recordings), evidence of what long copyright terms do to the conservation of cultural artifacts. For the works that have survived, however, their long-awaited entry into the public domain is still something to celebrate. Duke Law
How to Download the Books That Just Entered the Public Domain