Friday, September 28, 2012

UHS Book Club

The UHS Book Club had a lively meeting this past Wednesday.  We welcomed some new members, talked about what we had been reading over the summer and picked our book for next month's meeting.  We are reading Bram Stoker's Dracula in honor of the Halloween season upon us.  

Dracula is in the public domain and therefore free, so download that copy from iBooks onto your iPad and start reading!  We will be having our book discussion Wednesday, October 24th at 2:00pm in the library media center.  New members are always welcome!

Ferry Tales

Some more light Friday reading for this rainy day...

Audrey Barbakoff writes: “Kitsap (Wash.) Regional Library is taking to the water. Our flagship program is a book group called Ferry Tales. Once a month, I ride the Puget Sound ferry between Seattle and Bainbridge Island. In the direction of the commute, a group of regulars discusses one title each month; in the other, I host a drop-in, ask-a-librarian session. I love helping our community of commuters get to know each other, expand our reading horizons, and just share an incredibly enjoyable ride.”

An interesting book club venue - read the full article here.

The man who turned his home into a public library

If you like books and libraries, you'll like this story...

Kate McGeown writes: “Hernando Guanlao is a sprightly man in his early 60s, with one abiding passion—books. Guanlao, known by his nickname Nanie, has set up an informal library outside his home in central Manila in the Philippines to encourage his local community to share his joy of reading. In the 12 years he’s been running his library (or, as he calls it, his Reading Club 2000), he’s found that his collection has grown rather than diminished, as more and more people donate to the cause. To help the poorest communities, Guanlao rides to them on his ‘book bike,’ which has a large basket piled high with books.”

See the full article here.  Some light Friday reading.

Virtual Read-Out Videos in Celebration of Banned Books Week

Some Banned Books Virtual Read-Out Videos you should watch!

Celebrate Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week September 30 - October 6
"Banned Books Week is an annual observance from the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom(OIF) that celebrates the First Amendment right of the freedom to read. During Banned Books Week, libraries, schools, and bookstores across the country will celebrate the freedom to read by hosting special events, exhibits and read-outs.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual celebration, and to commemorate this milestone anniversary, ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom is coordinating a "50 State Salute to Banned Books Week." The "50 State Salute" will be the highlight of the second annual VIrtual Read-Out, and will consist of videos from library leaders from across the country proclaiming the importance of the freedom to read.
Also celebrated during Banned Books Week is Banned Websites Awareness Day on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Sponsored by the ALA’s American Association of School Libraries (AASL), Banned Websites Awareness Day aims to raise awareness of the overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries" (

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

50 Ways Schools Can Use Google+ Hangouts

Google+ Hangouts can be a great classroom tool for learning, sharing, collaborating, and brainstorming ideas. Another great list from Mashable, here are 50 ways schools can take advantage of Google+ Hangouts.

Need help staying organized?

Need a little help staying organized?  Check out Mashable's roundup of six to-do list apps.  Download one to your iPad and say goodbye to those quickly scribbled to-do lists you're always losing!
Organization might be more attainable than you think...