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On his recent visit to Kenya, President Obama addressed the subject of sexual liberty. At a press conference with the Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, he spoke affectingly about the cause of gay rights, likening the plight of homosexuals to the anti-slavery and anti-segregation struggles in the United States.
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The Lost Girl
by R. L. Stine
Series: Fear StreetHardcover: 272 pagesPublisher: St. Martin's Griffin; First Edition edition (September 29, 2015)Language: EnglishGoodreads | Amazon
Generations of children and teens have grown up on R.L. Stine's bestselling and hugely popular horror series, Fear Street and Goosebumps. Now, the Fear Street series is back with a chilling new
The biennial, €25,000 Erich Maria Remarque Peace Prize -- awarded by the city of Osnabrück -- has a mixed but generally solid list of previous winners, and they've now announced that Syrian poet Adonis will get this year's prize (at the official ceremony in November).
This choice has not gone over so well, as folks apparently don't think Adonis has been vocal, or vocal enough, about the situation in his homeland of Syria; indeed, as Kersten Knipp reports at Deutsche Welle: German peace prize for Syrian poet Adonis sparks outrage.
The offical prize site already features a 'Stellungnahme' (official response) to the criticism on its main page .....
It'll be interesting to see what follows.
Oh, and I think it's safe to say you can strike Adonis from your Nobel-betting-form -- this should be sufficient to torpedo any chances he may have had.
You are standing in an elevator and have two minutes to tell someone about your book. Today we’re going to talk about crafting that one-sentence summary, also known as a logline, a hook, or a one-sentence (elevator) pitch. This is not your book’s tagline!
What: About 25 words that capture your novel, memoir, or non-fiction book.
Why: To get someone interested in reading your book.
When to use it: The start of a query, or anytime someone asks you, “What’s your book about?”
What it does: A one-sentence summary takes your complex book with multiple characters and plotlines and boils it down into a simple statement that can be quickly conveyed and understood, and generates interest in the book.
What it should include:
→ A character or two
→ Their choice, conflict, or goal
→ What’s at stake (may be implied)
→ Action that will get them to the goal
→ Setting (if important)
→ Keep it simple. One plotline, 1 or 2 characters.
→ Use the strongest nouns, verbs and adjectives.
→ Make the conflict clear but you don’t have to hint at the solution.
In your one-sentence summary, try not to pitch a theme. Pitch what happens. Examples of themes:
This book explores forgiveness.
This book looks at the thin line between right and wrong.
This book explores the meaning of independence, and asks if it’s really possible.
Here is Nathan Bransford’s simplified formula for a one-sentence pitch: “When [opening conflict] happens to [character(s)], they must [overcome conflict] to [complete their quest].”
Examples of one-sentence summaries:
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
• A boy wizard begins training and must battle for his life with the Dark Lord who murdered his parents. (Thanks Randy Ingermanson for this one.)
→ Character=boy wizard
→ Conflict=battling the Dark Lord
→ Stakes=his life
→ Action=http://www.rachellegardner.com/feed/wizard training; avoiding the same fate as his parents
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
• In the south in the 1960s, three women cross racial boundaries to begin a movement that will forever change their town and the way women view one another.
When Faith Awakes by Mike Duran
• Chaos is unleashed on a quiet coastal town when an unassuming crippled woman raises a young boy from the dead, unlocking a centuries-old curse.
Medical Error by Richard Mabry
• Identity theft becomes fatal for a patient and puts a young doctor’s reputation and medical practice in jeopardy.
Chasing Superwoman by Susan DiMickele
• A successful attorney and mother of three battles discrimination, exhaustion, and a clueless boss while balancing a career, a family, and a life of faith.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. Leave your one-sentence summary in the comments.
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Leaving one library system to enter another can give one a sense of
déjà vu. At least when it comes to weeding the books.
Back when the Donnell Central Children’s Room across the street from the MOMA had to weed down its books to fit in the new location on 42nd Street, we did some EXTREME WEEDING (I’m using capital letters to emphasize the extremity of the situation). A lot of oldies but goodies fell by the wayside. Then I moved to the Evanston Public Library system. They are undergoing a big weeding project in their children’s room and lo and behold many of the titles I weeded back in the day were there on the carts, ready to be weeded yet again.
They are the same books because they were well reviewed in their time, maybe even garnering a couple awards here and there, but they didn’t have staying power. The elusive art of writing a book that stays in hearts and minds not just for a couple years but for decades on end is impossible to teach.
With these thoughts tooling about my brain I went over to my wiki of reviews (I need to update it with my recent reviews, but that’s neither here nor there) and looked at some of the old titles there. I started posting my reviews when I started my blog way back in 2006, though I’d been writing them on Amazon for a couple years before that point. And the books that were the cream of the crop since ’06 . . . well, some of them just don’t get mentioned by much of anyone anymore. Remember Fortune Cookies by A. Bitterman or The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer? Some of you do. Others, not so much.
So here’s a bizarre idea for a series. I’m going to revisit an old review of an out-of-print book once in a while. Not with any real hope of getting it republished. More, just to shine a light on the fact that the sheer number of titles published in a given year often leads to hidden gems that stay that way. Hidden. And today’s lucky little number is . . .
Wings by William Loizeaux
Originally published in 2006, the book got a nice round roster of favorable reviews.
- Booklist said of the art, “Shaded pencil drawings illustrate this graceful story with sensitivity and subtlety.”
- SLJ said, “the story is both realistic and tender.”
- Said Horn Book Guide, “The writing is deft, and the bird lore authentic.”
- PW Annex said, “Bowman’s pleasing halftone illustrations augment the narrative’s emotional impact. “
It didn’t garner any stars but everyone seemed to really enjoy it. It was author William Loizeaux’s first novel for children and he would later go on to write the also charming Clarence Cochran, A Human Boy. I liked it very much and it would appear on NYPL’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing list. And so, just because I enjoyed it, here is my old review for Wings, by William Loizeaux.
In a February 8, 2006 edition of Christian Science Monitor, author William Loizeaux offered these thoughts on the “elastic” nature of the personal memoir: “memoir is the creation of a mind remembering. The writer recalls and reflects on the past and evidence gathered about that past. Usually, the more evidence the better, but as any memoirist will tell you, remembering is always a tricky business.” With memory such a tricky beast and literary scapegoats like James Frey to draw attention to the facts surrounding a person’s past, it’s seems safest to do as William Loizeaux has done and fictionalize an important moment in one’s past instead. You cannot be held responsible for what is and is not true when you produce fiction. Instead, if you happen to mention after the fact that such n’ so in the book really did happen to you, you’ll meet someone delighted with this startling piece of evidence. And that certainly beats the complete stranger that may take you to task over whether or not you really did, say, comb your hair counterclockwise on the 15th of November. Loizeaux, however, has gone even farther and has turned a small moment from his childhood into a children’s book. It could have been awful or patronizing or puffed up with self-regard. It could have been, but it isn’t. Instead, it’s a misleadingly simple tale of a boy and his mockingbird. A tale worth remembering.
Nick found the bird standing in the center of the street looking like nothing so much as a circular ball of feathers. As it turned out, it was a baby mockingbird, alone and abandoned by its parents. After naming the little creature Marcy, Nick comes to care for the bird with a little help from his mother and his best friend Mate. Once she has thrived under his care, Marcy is able to offer Nick a great deal of comfort. She listens to his problems, whether they involve how his father died in the Korean War or the man who’s currently courting his mother. The book follows the two friends as they experience a whole summer together. But when a family trip means that Marcy and Nick must separate, the boy must learn how to let go of something he loves, even if that means losing it along the way.
Children’s librarians tend to eye adult authors that have crossed over into the world of kiddie lit with a wary skeptical eye. Adult novelists, after all, have proved time and time again that they are not always able to produce a believable title for children. Such writing often requires an entirely different set of muscles, and too often you’ll see these authors either going too far and creating something faux-childish or not far enough, creating a book of laughable complexity. Allow me to set your mind at rest in the case of Mr. Loizeaux. With an ease that is sure to infuriate his frustrated adult-authorial brethren, Loizeaux’s “Wings” reads as if it was written by a man who has been penning children’s books for years. He doesn’t speak down to his readers or insult their intelligence. His adult books have been described as having a “luminous clarity” and that same clarity is what makes him such a perfect children’s book writer. Nothing in “Wings” feels simplified. Just simple.
Nostalgia, should anyone ask, is very big right now. Peruse your local bookstore and you’ll see title after title set in 1950s or early 60s American. Sometimes this is because the author looks back on the political situation of the U.S. at that time and can draw parallels to the current administration. Sometimes it’s because they see the post-war era as a “simpler” time and they want to return to that moment, warts and all. But the impetus for Loizeaux to set his book then is neither of these. Rather, this is his story of what happened to him, personally, when he was growing up in the early 60s. The time period is not the focus here. It’s important to the story, sure, but it’s also incidental. Throw in some iPods and this book could just as easily take place today. But it didn’t. It took place in 1960, so that’s when it’s set.
A reviewer would be amiss if they did not happen to mention illustrator Leslie Bowman’s work on this book as well. With a title of this length (138 pages) the question of whether or not to even have an illustrator would have been difficult to figure out in the first place. You don’t want to drive off the older readership that would eschew “baby” books with pictures. On the other hand, if the artist is able to add something to the experience of reading the book, wouldn’t that person be an asset rather than a drain on the book’s reception by children and adults alike? It doesn’t hurt matters any that Ms. Bowman was undoubtedly the perfect artist to place alongside Loizeaux’s prose. Bowman’s work in the children’s book field has been sparse over the years, though not without praise (as with her work on “The Canadian Geese Quilt” by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock). Now, however, it feels as though she’s found the perfect fit. Images that look as if they were done in graphite are drawn in a realistic style. Marcy looks like a real mockingbird, white patched wings and all. The boys who raise and love her are crewcutted and haven’t a trace of cartoonishness to them. For this book, that was essential. I don’t like to consider what the alternatives could have been.
In his Christian Science Monitor article, Mr. Loizeaux had this to say, “At its best, a memoir combines hard research, an engaging narrative, the intimacy of lyric poetry, and the thoughtfulness of an essay.” He was, of course, referring to adult memoirs, but it’s not stretching the truth to say that this applies perfectly to “Wings” as well. You’ve facts on real mockingbirds provided in the back of the book in Loizeaux’s, “A Note On Mockingbirds” (though a source of some sort would not have been out of place). You’ve an interesting story that kids will want to know more about. You’ve the lyric poetry of lines like, “It’s hard to describe just how good this felt: to call something wild from out of the sky, and then to see her with her wings so wide.” And finally you have a sense of the thoughtfulness that went into the creation of the tale. “Wings” also performs the one act a book must fulfill to truly become a classic. It touches adults just as closely as it does children. Anything that can affect a person, regardless of age, is a thing worth remembering. A memorable children’s novel.
Notes On the Cover: Brilliant. Bowman’s a smart cookie and this is exactly the kind of picture that’s going to pull on children’s hands with the force of a strong animal-centric magnet. It also makes it perfectly clear that this is a “boy book”, or at least has a boy in it. Reluctant readers may prefer it for that reason. However you care to look at it, this is how a cover should be done. A nod of the head to Melanie Kroupa.
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The butterfly was there
before any human art was made.
Before cathedrals rose in prayer,
the butterfly was there.
It's been such an amazing experience to have monarch caterpillars, chrysalises and butterflies in our classroom for the past two weeks! They were given to us by one of our building's paraprofessionals, whose mother collected the caterpillars and hung the chrysalises in nifty solo cup viewers. The last of the caterpillars started to make its J today and I overheard one of my students say, "I could just sit here and watch all day!" Another student caught the caterpillar's last voracious eating on video on one of the iPads yesterday. We haven't stopped marveling at the beauty of the chrysalises. Why the gold dots? There seems to be no scientific explanation. Nature just goes out of its way to be beautiful!
If I'm understanding what I have read here
, our butterflies might be fourth generation monarchs, the ones who will migrate to Mexico to hibernate for the winter before flying back to start the cycle all over again. This is as much of a miracle as the metamorphosis and the gold dots. What an amazing world this is!
In this series of posts, my fellow TeachingAuthors and I are writing letters to our earlier selves a la Dear Teen Me. As I’ve thought about what to write, it is clear to me that the contents of such a letter would vary greatly depending on the phase of life I considered. A letter to my teen self would be very different from a letter to my newlywed self, or to my busy young mother self, or my empty nester self, or my newly-divorced-after-being-married-my-whole-adult-life self.
So the best approach for this assignment is to write a letter to the young woman I was years ago that decided to write a nonfiction book. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea where to start doing it. And I had no idea how to finish doing it.
But that didn't stop me.
And I succeeded.
So a letter to myself back then as I began what would become a long journey would go something like this:
You might not know what you are doing right now, but you will figure it out as you go. Trust your instincts as a researcher and as a storyteller. Don’t expect so much of yourself.
As I read back over this letter, I realize things haven’t changed all that much after all. I still need to remember these things today.
So maybe this is a letter to my past self, my present self, and my future self.
Carla Killough McClafferty
|Book cover of my first nonfiction book for young readers. |
THE HEAD BONE'S CONNECTED TO THE NECK BONE: THE WEIRD, WACKY AND WONDERFUL X-RAY.
Published by FSG.
I seem to have been featuring plenty of children's bedlinen this week so I thought I would round things off with some Friday eye candy from Cotton On : Kids and 3 Suisses. We begin with the brand Cotton On : Kids which is a brand of Australian company Cotton On, who have stores all over the world. Here are some of their current designs that caught my eye with their bright colours and bold
After two weeks as the number one film in Mexican theaters, "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos" will begin its U.S. run today -- but it won't be in English.
Despite its small payout -- all of € 10 -- the prix Goncourt is the most prestigious French book prize, and they've now announced the fifteen-title-strong longlist.
(Unlike most literary prizes, the Goncourt actually has three rounds before announcing a winner -- long-, middle-, and short-list, if you will.)
The Goncourt can (or should -- Romain Gary proved otherwise, by submitting a title under another name) only be won once -- hence books by previous winners, such as Houellebecq's Submission, were not eligible.
The one big name/title whose omission surprises most this year is HHhH-author Laurent Binet, whose La septième fonction du langage -- Barthes' death re-imagined as murder-mystery (among other things) -- didn't make the cut; Le Figaro sums up the generally very positive media-reactions to it as "c'est Feydeau chez les «sex-addicts» !"; see also the Grasset publicity page.
Quite a few of the authors with titles on the longlist have had books translated into English, including Mathias Enard (e.g. Zone), Jean Hatzfeld (e.g. Machete Season), Hédi Kaddour (Little Grey Lies), Simon Liberati (Anthology of Apparitions), Alain Mabanckou (Broken Glass), Boualem Sansal (The German Mujahid), and Delphine de Vigan (Underground Time).
The most ... intriguing titles seem to be Liberati's Eva, which I wrote about at some length a month ago (and a copy of which I now have; I hope to get to it soon), and Sansal's Orwellian 2084 (subtitle: La fin du monde); see the Gallimard publicity page.
(The Sansal and the Binet I expect we'll see in English soon (i.e. two or three years); the Liberati ... I'm not so sure, but given the French enthusiasm so far we may well, too.)
Our next range of eye candy comes from French label 3Suisses where you will find not some nice bedding prints for children but some interesting designs for adults too. As spotted online here.
Starting today, 'Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos' will screen in Spanish with English subtitles for the first two weeks of its U.S. run.
The most recent addition to the complete review is my review of Eka Kurniawan's Beauty is a Wound.
With Indonesia the 'guest of honour' at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year we're seeing a couple of Indonesian works getting translated into English (a celebration-worthy rarity !), and the one-two punch of Kurniawans -- this one, and Man Tiger, also due out this month, from Verso; see their publicity page, or pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk -- is probably the most anticipated of these (though don't forget Leila S. Chudori's Home, coming from Deep Vellum ... pre-order your copy at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk).
Beauty is a Wound lives up to the hype; I hope to see Man Tiger soon, too.
Our poetry project for this month, cats and kittens, is to create a "Found Poem". This type of poem is drawn from text you find, or stumble over, in any context, that strikes you as rich in potential. Sometimes one can find irony, or humor, or surprising wisdom. Sometimes it's just fun.
I happened to run across an old copy of Norton's Anthology of American Literature, vol. 1 on the library Free
NEXT DOOR TO A STAR by Krysten Lindsay Hager
Genre: Young Adult
★ SYNOPSIS ★
Hadley Daniels is tired of feeling invisible.
After Hadley’s best friend moves away and she gets on the bad side of some girls at school, she goes to spend the summer with her grandparents in the Lake Michigan resort town of Grand Haven. Her next door neighbor is none other than teen TV star Simone Hendrickson, who is everything Hadley longs to be—pretty, popular, and famous—and she’s thrilled when Simone treats her like a friend.
Being popular is a lot harder than it looks.
It’s fun and flattering when Simone includes her in her circle, though Hadley is puzzled about why her new friend refuses to discuss her former Hollywood life. Caught up with Simone, Hadley finds herself ignoring her quiet, steadfast friend, Charlotte.
To make things even more complicated, along comes Nick Jenkins…
He’s sweet, good-looking, and Hadley can be herself around him without all the fake drama. However, the mean girls have other ideas and they fill Nick’s head with lies about Hadley, sending him running back to his ex-girlfriend and leaving Hadley heartbroken.
So when her parents decide to relocate to Grand Haven, Hadley hopes things will change when school starts…only to be disappointed once again.
Cliques. Back-stabbing. Love gone bad.
Is this really what it’s like to live…Next Door To A Star?
The school year should end right after spring break, because all anyone can focus on is summer vacation. You can’t learn anything new, because all you can think about is all the fun stuff you’re going to do once you don’t have to get up at the butt crack of dawn. Summer always seems full of possibilities.
Nothing exciting ever happens during the school year, but maybe, during summer vacation, you could run into a hot celebrity and he’d decide to put you in his next music video. Okay, it wasn’t like I knew anybody that happened to, but my grandparents did live next door to a former TV star, Simone Hendrickson, and Simone was discovered in an ice cream parlor one summer. Of course, she lived in L.A. at the time and was already doing plays and commercials, so the guy who discovered her had already seen her perform. But hey, it was summer, she got discovered, and that was all that mattered.
Amazing stuff didn’t happen to me. You know what happened to me last summer? I stepped on a bee and had to go to the emergency room. They’re not going to make an E! True Hollywood Story out of my life. I didn’t go on exotic vacations—like today, I was being dragged along with my parents to my cousin’s graduation party. Most people waited until at least the end of May before having a grad party, but Charisma was having hers early because she was leaving on a trip to Spain. I was dreading this party because I didn’t want to listen to everybody talk about how smart and talented Charisma was—making me feel like a blob in comparison—but my mom RSVP’d even though I said I’d rather die than go. My death threats meant nothing. But still, for some strange reason, I had a feeling this summer was going to be different.
Krysten Lindsay Hager is an obsessive reader and has never met a bookstore she didn’t like. She’s worked as a journalist and humor essayist, and writes for teens, tweens, and adults. She is the author of the Landry’s True Colors Series and her work has been featured in USA Today and named as Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Teen & Young Adult Values and Virtues Fiction and Amazon’s #1 Hot New Releases in Children’s Books on Values. She’s originally from Michigan and has lived in South Dakota, Portugal, and southwestern Ohio. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan-Flint.
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The research literature on health inequalities (health differences between different social groups) is growing almost every day. Within this burgeoning literature, it is generally agreed that the UK’s health inequalities (like those in many other advanced, capitalist economies) are substantial.
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I haven't quite decided how I feel about found poems. I did a lot of reading while trying to find just the right source. I tried mining historical documents, but the language was already embellished in many ways and while I tried to create something new, using such beautiful language felt like a bit of a cheat. Ultimately I decided to look for plainer language and perused cookbooks, travel brochures, and classic educational works.
The pieces I'm sharing today are made from highly redacted text. After retyping and justifying each excerpt, I blacked out sections until I had my poems. You will need to click on the images to enlarge and read them. (Just in case you are wondering how to read these, scan from left to right, top to bottom.)
When I posted the poems to the Padlet
that Laura created for this month's efforts, I realized that together they actually told a story, so that's the way I'm sharing them here. The first two poems were created from excerpts of the book How We Think
, written in 1933 by John Dewey. (Poem 1 from p. 10-11. Poem 2 from p. 109.) The third poem was created from the introduction and directions found in a recipe by Jamie Oliver. That recipe is Monkfish Wrapped In Banana Leaves With Ginger, Cilantro, Chile, And Coconut Milk.
WHEN KINDRED SPIRITS MEET
(a short story told in found poems)
A man ...
finds his love ...
and sparks fly.
Poems ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2015. All rights reserved.
You can read the found poems written by my Poetry Seven compatriots at the links below.
I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Linda at Teacher Dance
. Happy poetry Friday friends!
शिक्षक दिवस और मोदी जी के मन की बात …
5 सितंबर को शिक्षक दिवस है और इस उपलक्ष्य पर एक दिन पहले दिल्ली के मानेकशॉ सेंटर में पीएम मोदी ने बच्चों के बीच अपनी बात रखी.बच्चों के साथ मोदी जी की बात चीत बहुत अच्छी लगी. जिन बच्चों ने आज मोदी जी से प्रश्न पूछे निसंदेह उनका आत्मविश्वास तो आज चरम पर होगा और जो बच्चे कुछ कर दिखाना चाह्ते हैं वो भी इस प्रयास मे जुट जाएगें कि अगली बार वो भी मोदी जी से रुबरु हो.
अब मेरे मन की बात
मैं टीवी देख रही थी और सोचे जा रही थी कि निसंदेह प्रयास बहुत अच्छा है पर इसी के साथ साथ अगर राज्यों के गावों में शिक्षा का स्तर, अध्यापकों का स्तर, स्कूलों मे बैंच, कुर्सी, और सबसे ज्यादा जरुरी पढने के लिए किताबें भी आ जाए,मिड डे मील सुधर जाए, स्वच्छ पानी और स्वच्छ शौचालयों की भी व्यवस्था हो जाए तो सोने पर सुहागा हो जाएगा.
कुछ ये भी कहा मोदी जी ने
शायद ही दुनिया में कोई ऐसा व्यक्ति हो, जो अपने जीवन में मां और शिक्षक के योगदान को नकार सकता हो। मां जन्म देती है, गुरु जीवन देता हैकल यानि 5 सितंबर को कृष्ण और राधाकृष्ण, दोनों का जन्मदिन है
शिक्षक कभी उम्र से बंधा नहीं रहता है, कभी रिटायर नहीं होता
विद्यार्थी अपने जीवन का एक बड़ा समय शिक्षक के साथ बताता है। डॉ. राधाकृष्णन ने अपने भीतर के शिक्षक को अमर बनाए रखा।
एपीजे अब्दुल कलाम हमारे लिए प्रेरणास्रोत हैं, उनसे जब पूछा गया कि आपको लोग कैसे याद रखें, तो उन्होंने कहा था कि लोग मुझे टीचर के तौर पर याद रखें।
विद्यार्थी और शिक्षक के जीवन में अपनत्व का भाव हमें जीवन जीने की कला भी सिखाती है।
जब मैं छोटा था तब हमारे गांव में टीचर सबसे अहम होता था।
लेखक मित्रों से अनुरोध है, अपने-अपने शिक्षकों के बारे में लिखें
शिक्षक कुम्हार की तरह हमारे जीवन की मिट्टी को संवारकर सही रूप देता है
शिक्षक की सिखाई बातें उम्र भर याद रहती हैं, हर सफल व्यक्ति के पीछे उसके शिक्षक का हाथ ज़रूर होता है।
शिक्षक दिवस की हार्दिक बधाई !!!
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Each month, an ALSC member is profiled and we learn a little about their professional life and a bit about their not-so-serious side. Using just a few questions, we try to keep the profiles fun while highlighting the variety of members in our organization. So, without further ado, welcome to our ALSC profile, ten questions with ALSC member, Angela Hubbard.
Photo courtesy of Angela Hubbard
1. What do you do, and how long have you been doing it?
I’ve been with the ALSC office since May, which seems like just yesterday, and I am thrilled to be to go-to person on the ALSC team for projects and partnerships. In addition to sharing information with our partner organizations, I promote our members’ Día activities throughout the year and manage grant opportunities like Curiosity Creates.
2. Why did you join ALSC? Do you belong to any other ALA divisions or roundtables?
My background is in elementary teaching and early childhood advocacy, and I have always been amazed by librarians’ ability to—simply put—do SO much for such a broad range of people. ALSC seemed like the perfect fit because of my passion for education and my desire to make sure that all children have the opportunity to experience the joy of wandering through row upon row of books in the welcoming setting of their local library.
3. Would you rather bring a lunch from home or eat out at lunch?
Oh, from home, hands down. First off, I eat little tidbits of things throughout the day… a yogurt here, a few grapes there… so I pack a lot in my lunch. I also LOVE to garden, so right now everything we make at home is packed with fresh tomatoes or zucchini. There’s nothing tastier than food made fresh from the garden, in my book.
4. E-books or Print?
I am still very much a print person. I don’t knock e-readers for others, but I remember what I read much better when there is actual page turning involved. I also like that I can give (print) books to friends after I’ve read them. Have they added that function to e-readers yet… digital re-gifting?
5. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?
I’m going to go with something completely within the realm of possibility… I would have the superpower of making the subway train run express to and from the station of my choosing. Ahhh what a glorious commute that would be!
6. What’s your favorite season?
Photo courtesy of Angela Hubbard
Summer is my favorite, although we really only have two here in Chicago, so that’s not a very difficult choice! Since summer is filled with streetfests, playing sports and gardening, it beats shoveling crusted over snow any day!
Did I mention that I love gardening?
7. What do you love most about working in the ALSC office?
Working in the ASLC office allows me an opportunity to hear about some of the awe-inspiring work our members are doing all over the country. I especially love getting the chance to know our members through their committee work and figuring out ways to amplify their impact.
8. What’s your favorite form of exercise?
I prefer to exercise by playing team sports. Volleyball is my favorite, followed by softball and dodgeball. Yes, we actually have adult dodgeball leagues in Chicago… because Chicago is awesome and you should move here.
9. Favorite age of kids to work with?
This is a tough one because each age has its charm, but I would have to say the three to five year old range is my favorite to work with. I love how quickly they grow and make connections at that age. I haven’t worked with children under three yet, but I’m sure the rapid development is even more amazing in the birth to three range.
10. What do you think libraries will look like fifty years from now?
I’m sure technology will change some content formats and delivery systems, and perhaps the architecture will have entered a new era, but fundamentally I think the library will still look as magical as it always has. There will be an enormous amount of information available and people of all walks and stages of life will be tucked into reading nooks here and there, asking an occasional question to the librarian who probably remembers them from the last time they were in and suggests something else they might find interesting.
Thanks, Angela! What a fun continuation to our monthly profile feature!
Do you know someone who would be a good candidate for our ALSC Monthly Profile? Are YOU brave enough to answer our ten questions? Send your name and email address to email@example.com; we’ll see what we can do.
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|Athlete of cross work|
|Lover of up-and-down|
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My source for this found poem was Merl Reagle's last crossword for the Washington Post. I solved it with a heavy heart:
Read the Post's nicely done obituary
. And don't miss the movie they mention, Word Play
. Bonus points if you can find the Simpsons episode Reagle starred in, as himself.
All of my Poetry Sisters are in with Found Poetry today, too. Check them all out here:
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Are you ready to go BACK to HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA?
Or maybe you’re checking in for the first time? No matter; the good news is that Dracula’s formerly monsters-only hotel policy has finally relaxed. He’s opening his doors to human guests, and considering his grandson isn’t exactly a pureblood vampire, it’s about time!
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation
Coming to theaters on September 25, Hotel Transylvania 2 (rated PG) has Dracula worried about his grandson Dennis’s half-human, half-vampire roots. When Drac’s old-school dad, Vlad, discovers that a change in policy allows for human guests and that his great-grandson isn’t 100% vampire, things get batty!
“There are four generations living under one roof, which obviously will be intense, no matter what the family is,” says actor Andy Samberg, who voices Johnny in the new movie. As Mavis’s human husband and father to Dennis, good ol’ Johnny isn’t only battling your standard in-law gripes.
“Johnny’s not just up against Drac, but now Vlad who is even more old-school in the tradition of being a vampire,” says Samberg. Obviously, Mavis is branching outside of that by marrying a human. So it’s complicated, but it’s also wonderful, and it’s them all getting to know each other and learning to understand each other.”
Actress and singer, Selena Gomez, is the voice of Johnny’s more-than-a-century-old wife, Mavis, in Hotel Transylvania 2. She agrees with her co-star on the fun in packing everyone into the hotel in the new film.
“Dracula brings everyone together,” says Gomez. “I think that’s sweet and endearing because he wants to include everyone.”
Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation
What can we learn from this, and from Hotel Transylvania 2, about celebrating our similarities and differences—monster or not? That lesson isn’t lost on Gomez. In fact, it’s somewhat close to home for her.
“Extended family in Hotel Transylvania 2—whether they’re Frankenstein or the Wolf gang —everybody kind of comes together under one roof,” Gomez says. “That’s a cultural thing, in my opinion, because that’s exactly how my dad’s side of the family is. It’s not a good thing [to them] when you move out of the house. It’s almost like [they] want them to stay there forever, and you just pass it along, and I think that’s Drac’s idea. His intention is really good, but that’s something everyone can relate to.”
Check out the loads of fun that all goes down under one roof in the Hotel Transylvania 2 trailer, and see the movie in theaters on September 25.
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