Monthly Archives: November 2010

Wrong….you can ALWAYS give an opinion

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You can ALWAYS give your thoughts a chance to make a difference….not just at your local library.  Anyway, VANESSA GREGORY’S book THANK YOU FOR DANCING got its picture in the Sunday paper!  She should be dancin’ now.

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Discourse….or…..Dat Course?

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Harry Potter Day 2007....your public library and lots of other great community orgs and people.

Ok, write a song, sketch a poem, dribble a doodle, just think about making your thoughts matter to your very own public library.  The Board of Trustees is currently hosting another ‘insight/foresight’ meeting to listen to what our community thinks about a new library facility in South Sandwich.  Now, think for a second.  You are a teen (or not even) which you will be FOREVER – not – but here’s the beauty of your situation.  While you are, your public library THINKS/KNOWS YOU MATTER and WANTS YOU TO SAY SOMETHING during the ‘let’s consider a new library facility….want would teens (or almost teens) want to have in that facility?  A car load of gaming computers?  Enough space to spread out & study in a quiet area OR even study rooms where you and your fellows slaves to education can study in peace?  An area where your tastes in books, music, dvd, audio and internet access are designed JUST FOR YOU (and your fellow teen ‘agers’).  A space where your art could be displayed?  A place with sittable chairs?  WHAT IS IT THAT YOU WANT?  This may be constroversial but, here goes….your community police force can’t ask you for insight into building design, your fire station guys & gals don’t ask your opinion of where to place the fire pole (To be fair, they really can’t, you understand…).  But your PUBLIC LIBRARY does and really, really wants to have your opinion.  DID I GO ON TOO LONG? 

NEXT PUBLIC MEETING @ A POSSIBLE NEW LIBRARY FACILITY WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE FORESTDALE SCHOOL, 6:30-8:30 PM, 151 ROUTE 130.  Food and lots of stuff to look at and opinionate on….WE WOULD VERY MUCH APPRECIATE YOUR INPUT AS A LIBRARY PATRON FROM THE 18 YRS AND UNDER CATEGORY.  Thanks for still reading.

GaMinG DAy 2010

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NGD 2010 was an absolutely GORGEOUS day outside…and yet, the gaming few did drop by.  Thanks to Ben Johnson-Staub for minding the Magic the Gathering table.  Guitar Hero, Apples to Apples, Zingo made an appearance.  While the turnout was not large at all, I am learning that to host a gaming day, I might need to call in reinforcements.  You know how some families JUST GAME TOGETHER?  I was not in one of those families (except for checkers).  I do envy them.  Games are just fun, and frankly I am not speaking about video games, but then I have to think of the two who were really into Guitar Hero and how well they played and competed.  So, my gaming preferences really don’t matter here, do they?  So, in the future I am calling in the  local talent and not local talent.  We need games, friendly competition, strategy practice, fun and getting together with friends, family.  So whether it is a game of tag, Blockus, Guitar Hero, numerous video/online games I have absolutely no clue about….as long as interaction counts, I’m there.  GET OUT THERE AND PLAY….safely, of course.  Have a thankful Thanksgiving.

ARE YOU (LIBRARY) CARDED?…the Survey

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Survey Monkey is alive and well.

Soon to be released at a SHS near you and on the blog (actually, it’s there) is a short survey to query teens on just exactly how being library carded works (or doesn’t) for them.  If you didn’t take the survey at SHS, you can connect to it by going down the right hand column until you hit, “Are You (Library) Carded?”.  Love to have your input. Patrons 12-18 years old only please.  Comments always welcome.

And all shall be well….

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Just to let everyone know the Skype Adventure did not go perfectly but it did go very well.  Although I had tested everything at home, for some reason my cam was not transmitting an image although Eric Berlin’s was, soooooo…we saw him and he just listened and commented.  It actually went very well and I am ready for Big Game now. Meaning trying again and getting it right.  Mr. Berlin is an AVID puzzler (He goes to MIT every year for this great gathering of Puzzlers) which is why his books – The Puzzling World of Winston Breen – have ample opportunity to puzzle. He is also working on a fantasy novel.  Thanks to the McBas, our 4th-6th grade readers (who eventually become teen readers if we’re lucky), for the well-thought out questions for our author. Not a teen thing, but still noteworthy…thanks for reading.

Skyping on Wednesday!!! I CAN DO THIS!

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I do get excited with each little new tech talent…not that I don’t need to refresh constantly.  On Wednesday, our MCBA Book Discussion will be skyping with Eric Berlin, author of The Puzzling World of Winston Breen books.  MCBA stands for Massachusetts Children’s Book Award, and it is an award given to authors of books whose readership is the 4th-6th grade interest level.  But anyway, who’s not to say we couldn’t skype Suzanne Collins or Gordon Korman some day if they are up to it.  So, that’s it…excitement about kids meeting authors.  Tonite, Alan Khazai, one of the co-founders of CityYear and author of a new book, Big Citizenship. He will be at the Sandwich Town Hall at 7 pm.  Amazing what good people can do, isn’t it?  Hope to see you there.