It’s been less than a week and we are already more than 10% of the way to our goal! Woo hoo! We have raised $115 of the $1000 we are aiming for. Remember, you can donate online at Funds 4 Books or bring a check (made out to “Funds 4 Books.com”) to the library. Payday is coming up for a lot of people, so I hope a few budgets include a donation to F4B!
Today is Fun at Work Day. How does a librarian have fun at work? Funny you should ask …
One of the (many) tasks that librarians and library technicians have to do is weed the collection. This means that we go through the books on the shelves and remove the ones that are in bad shape, never check out, are out of date or just don’t fit our collection anymore. Like weeds in a garden, we get rid of them so that there is more room for the flowers (up-to-date, useful books).
It might not sound like much fun but sometimes you come across a book that is SO out of date, SO out of style and/or SO plain ugly that you have to laugh. There’s even an entire website devoted to these gems: Awful Library Books. And today I found a book worthy of that site! So, I scanned some images of it and submitted them to the librarians who run ALB. Maybe someday soon people around the world will look at this odd little book and have some fun at work.
What is this amazingly awful book? It’s called Junk sculpture and was published in 1973. It was added to our collection in 1975 and only checked out one time, in 1992. That’s enough right there to make it a “weeder”; it’s 38 years old (out of date) and hasn’t been used for 18 years. Plus, there’s this:
I mean, seriously, who in their right mind would create something this hideously bizarre? Out of trash? And call it “Clown with Hat?” I think I’m going to have nightmares about this thing! Maybe I didn’t have enough Fun at Work today ….
- Why would a library discard books? (library.sbcc.edu)
But not to Lewis Carroll, the man who wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-glass, and What Alice Found There. Born in 1832 as Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, he adopted the pseudonym “Lewis Carroll” when writing his imaginative works (his “real” job was as a mathematician at Christ Church College, Oxford).
To find books by and about Carroll and Wonderland, visit the link below to my earlier post about the Mad Hatter.
- We’re All Mad Here … (mohighlibrary.wordpress.com)
Today is Australia Day! So fire up the barbie, spread some Vegemite on your toast and watch out for dingoes while you curl up with an Australian novel. No worries, mate!
- In ecstasy by Kate McCaffrey (FIC McCaffrey) - Fifteen-year-old best friends Sophie and Mia find their lives changing in ways they never could have imagined after Sophie convinces Mia they should try ecstasy.
- Ten things I hate about me by Randa Abdel-Fattah(FIC Abdel-Fattah) - Lebanese-Australian Jamilah, known in school as Jamie, hides her heritage from her classmates and tries to pass by dyeing her hair blonde and wearing blue-tinted contact lenses, until her conflicted feelings become too much for her to bear.
- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (FIC Marchetta) – Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.
- Am I right or am I right? by Barry Jonsberg (FIC Jonsberg) – Sixteen-year-old Calma Harrison is certain she knows what is behind the strange behavior of everyone in her life, and convinced that she is the only one who can fix things, but soon learns just how wrong she is.
- Does my head look big in this? by Randa Abdel-Fattah (FIC Abdel-Fattah) – Year Eleven at an exclusive prep school in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, would be tough enough, but it is further complicated for Amal when she decides to wear her hijab, the Muslim head scarf, full-time as a badge of her faith — without losing her identity or sense of style.
- The murder of Bindy MacKensie by Jaclyn Moriarty (FIC Moriarty) - Class brain Bindy MacKensie has alienated her entire high school but when she realizes someone is trying to kill her, she has to make friends in order to get help.
- One whole and perfect day by Judith Clarke (FIC Clarke) – As her irritating family prepares to celebrate her grandfather’s eightieth birthday, 16-year-old Lily yearns for just one whole perfect day together.
- Things you either hate or love by Brigid Lowry (FIC Lowry) - A cynical, overweight, and lonely Australian teenager spends her summer vacation making lists, eating comfort foods, and trying to earn enough money to attend a big rock concert.
- Borrowed light by Anna Fienberg (FIC Fienberg) – A 16-year-old feels alienated from her family while struggling with the difficult decisions surrounding her unplanned pregnancy.
- Mahalia by Joanne Horniman (FIC Horniman) – When his girlfriend leaves him and their 5-month-old baby, 17-year-old Matt struggles to make a life for himself and Mahalia, the daughter he adores.
As for myself, I’m going to try not to think about a Cherry Ripe bar … sigh …
There was an AVID meeting in the library this morning before school and I talked our principal, Mr. Hook, into posing with Jacob to help promote Funds 4 Books. Shockingly, Mr. Hook said he wasn’t really sure who Jacob was. I guess those of us who live in the library just assume that EVERYONE knows all about the popular Young Adult (YA) books … maybe we need to spend more time in the grown-up world!
So far, we’ve raised $90 toward our goal of $1000 and our fundraiser coordinator at Mackin asked if she can “spotlight” our promotion methods in their online newsletter next month! Let’s show them that blogging, Facebooking and Tweeting works, and get some more donations rolling in!
On a silly note, today is Opposite Day, so I’m going to sign off by saying, “Hello!”
**I had some technical difficulty at work today, namely the blog being blocked by the Internet filter for some reason, but this post is important so I am writing it from home. **
This is our Teacher Librarian, Mrs. Zurek and me (Ms. DuVall) with our new library friend, Jacob. He’s hanging out in the library for the next 8weeks to help us promote Funds 4 Books, our online fundraiser. We are raising money to buy NEW BOOKS for the library. Go to our fundraiser website to learn more. Our goal is to raise at least $1,000 to buy books. As of right now, we’ve raised $90 so we’re off to a good start! I’ll be updating our totals as money comes in.
If you aren’t comfortable donating online, stop by the library for a donation form that you can attach to a check. We’re also working on setting up a student store account so we can collect cash donations but I have to double check on that.
Even if you can’t donate right now, stop by and say “Hi” to Jacob. He’s waiting for you ….
Following on the heels of Penguin Awareness Day, we now have Squirrel Appreciation Day. So, now that you are aware of penguins, please appreciate any squirrels you see today.
I don’t really have any books about squirrels to share, but I do have some BIG NEWS from the library. Our online fundraiser, Funds4Books, starts next Monday, January 24th! The website won’t be live until Monday, so I’m not posting a link yet (it will just tell you to come back on Monday, so I’ll save you the click and tell you now, “wait until Monday!”)
There is also a rumor that a certain young man from the Twilight series might be taking up residence in the MoHi library, but you’ll just have to come by next week and see if that is true!
- Squirrel Appreciation Day Is January 21 (PHOTOS) (huffingtonpost.com)
It’s Penguin Awareness Day! I wish we had more books on penguins in our collection so I could make a display, but we only have two. But we can be aware of penguins without lots of books, right?!
Visit Penguin Science to see LIVE webcam images of penguins in Antarctica and learn about penguin research. Or try Sea World’s online InfoBook on penguins to learn more about these flightless birds. For example, did you know that penguins live only in the Southern Hemisphere? And that some of them live in warm-weather areas like South Africa and the Galapagos Islands?
So be aware of penguins today. Watch Happy Feet or March of the Penguins. Wear a tuxedo t-shirt. Get your dryer fixed. Celebrate Penguin Pride!
- Giant penguins with no tux? Fossil feathers say so (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
Today is Pooh Day, otherwise known as the birthday of A. A. Milne, the man who wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh books. Whether you read the charming books or saw the Disney cartoons, you must have fond childhood memories of the “Bear of Little Brain.”
If you need a refresher, we have a set of Pooh books in our picture book section, all filed under the call number E Mil:
- Winnie-the-Pooh and some bees
- Christopher Robin gives Pooh a party
- Eeyore has a birthday
- An expotition to the North Pole
- Piglet meets a heffalump
- Pooh goes visiting and Pooh and Piglet nearly catch a Woozle
- Tigger comes to the forest and has breakfast
- Piglet is entirely surrounded by water
We even have Winnie-the-Pooh in Latin! Winnie ille Pu : liber celeberrimus omnibus fere pueris puellisque notus nunc primum de anglico sermone in Latinum conversus auctore Alexandro Lenardo (470.86 Mil)
- Disney releases first ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’ trailer (news.cnet.com)
It’s Dress Up Your Pet Day. Normally, I’m against putting poor defenseless animals in silly costumes for the amusement of humans, but if it’s just one day a year, then okay. Now, I have nothing against putting a jacket on your dog if he gets cold, but those little outfits you see at PetsMart? The ballerina … the biker … the be-dazzled denim? Please! Let your dog have some dignity, people!
My own pets are cats, and everyone knows that you take your life into your hands any time you try to make a cat do something he doesn’t want to do, and especially something that takes away his dignity. Dressed up cats always look like they are ready to murder the person who did that to them, and I don’t blame them. Even though it is Dress Up Your Pet Day, I think I’ll let my kitties take a pass on celebrating it!
If you’d like to learn more about pets (with or without clothing), try some of these books:
- The first pet history of the world by David Comfort (636.0887 Com)
- Pocket pets by Alvin Silverstein (636.088 Sil)
- Rescued: saving animals from disaster : life changing stories and practical suggestions by Allen Anderson (976.3 And)
- Stray: a novel by Stacey Goldblatt (FIC Goldblatt)
- Adopt the perfect dog by Gwen Bailey (636.7 Bai)
- Angus, thongs and full-frontal snogging: confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison (FIC Rennison)