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Bringing the Wonders and Wisdom of Literary Reading to the Information Age
Bringing the Wonders and Wisdom of Literary Reading to the Information Age

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3 June 2017

I've recently scooped articles about gorgeous libraries and about photographing and quoting librarians.

This scoop is about a frequently "smile-inducingly" thought provoking TED Talk addressing the challenge of revisiting the influence of library design on engaging kids in reading.

NOTE: I did not write "the challenge of engaging kids in reading. I did write "...the challenge of revisiting the influence of library design."

At the heart of this talk is the concept of accepting the possibilities that unanticipated consequences might not only be unwelcome and to be avoided, but that they also just might be the welcome serendipitous rewards of being open to the discovering unanticipated benefits; the "Ah Ha!" moments in life that only come to those who in one way or another are receptive to realizing discovery.

The question I suppose is not to ask what we do in our libraries that engage the engaged readers, but what do we do in our libraries to entice the "not-so-engaged readers? What works? What doesn't really work? What might be more engaging to those who just do not find our attempts to entice enticing?

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25 May 2017

"“Librarians are warrior princes and princesses wielding book love like words! We are ever vigilant, curious, intelligent, and kind. Libraries are the banners that we carry proudly into the fray! Forward, ever Forward!”
~ Susan K .McClelland, Adult and Teen Services Librarian at Oak Park Public Library

Hoping this book becomes a best seller!

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20 April 2017

When people say what they think we want to hear and do what we don't want them to do? What do we teach our students?

We're talking libraries as a priority for a civil, thoughtful and informed society. Ivanka's supportive words clash harshly with the actions of the administration and president to which she is a primary advisor.

Is she being devious or oblivious?

Empty nice words during National Library Week are particularly meaningless while support for Libraries is being drastically slashed.

What's that old saying? "Put your money where your mouth is."

Please.

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Interested in "Virtual Literary Tourism"? GoogleLitTrips.org tracks the travels of literary characters on the surface of Google Earth. Users become virtual traveling companions for the characters in stories commonly taught in grades K-Higher ED.

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Sneak Peak at Announcement for the 2017 Google Geo Teachers California Institute

12 April 2017

The Google Lit Trips project is looking forward to participating in the 2017 Google Geo Teachers California Institute.

Google Geo Teacher Institutes are workshops focused on introducing Google Earth, Street View, other Google Geo Tools, and their use in the classroom. CAGTI 2017 is a FREE, two-day event open to any educators of any level.

The 2017 Google Geo Teachers California Institute will be held at the Google Headquarters in Mountain View, CA, July 17–19th. This year Day 3 will be an optional "Hangout at Google" collaboration and workday.

Applications open soon! Keep your eye on the 2017 Geo Teachers Institute website (https://sites.google.com/view/cagti2017/home) for application dates and other news as it develops.

It's Free but seats are very limited, so stay tuned and get your applications in fast quickly once the application process is opened.



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20 February 2017

An optional homework assignment choice...

Either watch this one hour collection of speeches honoring those who write for TV or movies...

OR
Pick and choose per your own lights at least three individual clips from the Writers Guild Awards show that should appear as links in the right column of the YouTube screen...

OR
don't.

When the writers that your students know best via their work speak, whether your students have a clue as to who it might have been who wrote their favorite movie or TV episodes, they may very well come to a greater appreciate for the importance of both fact and fiction in the lives of thinking people.

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One Judge’s Order For Hate Crime Committers: Read More Books

8 February 2017

And not just these books. From the article...

They will also have to do a research paper on swastikas and attend a Holocaust Museum with their parents.

The assigned films include “Twelve Years a Slave” and “Lincoln”; the books include The Handmaid’s Tale, The Bluest Eye, To Kill a Mockingbird and Native Son.

Newer classics including Adam Johnson’s The Orphan Master’s Son and Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, the latter of which won last year’s National Book Award, were featured on the list, too."

We all hope that that classics reach them. But, I'm happy to hear that visiting a Holocaust museum, watching relatively contemporary films and modern novels were included.

We must make every effort to battle the virus of "alternative fact."

Ironically FICTION may be a weapon in that battle.

What's the difference?
Alternative facts aren't facts
Fiction amplifies truth.

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20 August 2016

I was first captivated by the title of this TED Talk. And, actually prematurely put off by early comments that "seemed" to be calling into question the scientific method.

Perhaps it's because we live in times and thanks (sincerely) to the likes of Donald Trump, we've been made painfully aware of the number of "anti-factual" folks out there who unabashedly "pee in the pool" of actual knowing.

But, by the end of the talk, I had been made aware of how much my openness to even the scent, though mistakenly identified in this case, had been polluted by the onslaught of the ravings of the adamantly ignorant drowning out the voices of more mature political discourse.

The primary focus within this talk actually centered on the very interesting and positive role that ignorance plays in the advancement of science. There were several quotes from famous people of the past justifying the speaker's thesis that it is important to pay attention to the role of "thoroughly conscious ignorance."

Among my favorite quotes was actually a quote from the speaker himself, "Dead people should not be excluded from the conversation."

And then near the end, the speaker surprisingly turned to educational testing where he suggests that learning the questions raised by learning the facts is as important, perhaps even more important, than learning the answers alone.

"High quality Ignorance." What an intriguing concept. This phrase fits cleanly with my recent interest in the term relating to measuring one's "Curiosity Quotient."

Lower quality ignorance is dangerous because all too often it pre-empts doubt, even though our failure to question what we believe we know is the source of so many social evils.

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