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"I'm a cataloguer working for a library vendor, interested in pretty much all things library! I graduated December 2004 from UWO with my MLIS, so librarianship is still all new to me."
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26. Review: Whale Song by Cheryl K. Tardif

The next book that I read for the Canadian Book Challenge was Cheryl K. Tardif's Whale Song. Cheryl mailed me her book as I was the winner of one of John's giveaways.

This story is about a young girl (I think she's 11 or 12 at the start of the story) moving to a small town on Vancouver Island. She's adjusting to life away from her best friend and getting to know her new home including the ocean which she's never seen before. Most of her neighbours and new classmates are also Native Canadians and so she learns about their culture and myths through the storytelling of her new friend's Nana.

Of course her happy, ideal life with her artist mother and marine biologist father can't stay that way and soon her mother is suffering from fainting spells and is sleeping more and more. Things go from bad to worse and soon Sarah tries to cut herself off from the world. Over time though, what she has learned from Nana and other Natives on the island helps her to overcome her pain and to start allowing herself to live again.

I really enjoyed the story. For me it was unique since I hadn't read anything set on that island before, and not too much with Native themes (except the most awesome Two Day Road). Although 'enjoy' might not be the right word. It was moving. I did a fair bit of the reading while sitting in the SFO airport and on my flight to LA and it was so difficult holding the tears back. I'm sure if anyone was watching they'd see my eyes filled to the brim. Even though it might be a bit embarrassing I think the crying was a good thing - needed to get all that emotion out. Anyway, it's definitely a recommended read.

So that is my eleventh read for the Canadian Book Challenge. Still have two more to go in 19 days! I hope I can do it1 This week is out since I'm in L.A. and don't have any Canadian books with me (just a couple new ones on Blues I bought from City Lights).

By the way, the 2nd Canadian Book Challenge starts July 1st! So go on over to the Book Mine Set, take a look at the 'rules' and sign yourself up! You'll have a year to read 13 Canadian Books of your choosing!

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27. Office space should be happy space

Yellow flowers
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I just walked in from a coffee break and a coworker who is retiring for her third time (She's just so valuable they keep calling her back!), came up to me to deliver these flowers. I think she's giving everyone a few flowers, or potted plant. So nice of her! She thought I seemed like the bright flower type of person. I think they make my office a little bit more hospitable (I still haven't really 'decorated' much).

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28. Review: Mary Ann Alice by Brian Doyle

Mary Ann Alice by Brian Doyle

This was another random book that I picked from la Grande Bibliothèque a few weeks ago. I did not read this one as quickly as The Greenies. You know what that means - that it just didn't click with me; I suffered through the first half.

Not that it was poorly written or that the plot was dull. No that wasn't it. It was because I found the narrator's character, a girl in grade 7, to be incredibly annoying. I hated having to read all her silly thoughts. I hated the way she expressed herself. Half way through though I started to get used to it, and the 'action' started to happen, so I kept going.

The story is about a town along the Gatineau River and the events surrounding the building of the dam that are going to change the way of life there. Despite being an award winning book, it just wasn't my thing so I'm not really gonna bother writing much about it. It was fine, but I won't be recommending it to anyone - not that I recommend books to anyone anyway.

This was my 10th book for the Canadian Book Challenge. Just 3 more to go by July 1st! Can I do it?

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29. Nameplated

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A couple weeks ago a staff member from the reference office took a few pictures of me and then created a nameplate for me. Just as he was doing so it was announced that I would take on the collection responsibilities for Classics, Modern Languages and Linguistics. Perfect! Since as you remember, my undergrad was in Classics and French, during which I also took a healthy dose of Spanish and some Linguistics and as a student worked in that department at my alma mater. (Ah, fond memories of the paper shredder...)

No, this does not mean I'm permanent here - still just a Limited Term Appointment, although I did recently interview for a tenure track position (not holding my breath despite that I really, really want it).

I'm still learning collection duties and have a meeting this afternoon for that. I think budget wise things are close to what I had last year, but procedure wise things are more detailed and strict. Still, it's going to be fun!

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30. Sock puppets read too!

Okay, just after writing that last post I discovered this hilarious video on Montreal Libraries.

It appears that the city libraries have their own YouTube account where they've posted patron-created videos dealing with libraries and Montreal as a way to celebrate their new website/portal.

À l'occasion du lancement de son nouveau portail, les bibliothèques de la Ville de Montréal ont lancé un concours intitulé BIBLIOCLIP qui récompense les créateurs de courtes vidéos sur le thème des bibliothèques et de Montréal

[edited to add] Here's the library's statement about teh contest and the announcement of the winners on their site. Which is good since with having 94 submissions, I didn't look at any of the winners!

ooh, I like this one too: Cit(é)

and this one: L'escargot

Okay, go check them all out for yourself!

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31. Check. Check. Check!

We're doing inventory. It's the first time I've ever been a part of a library doing inventory. It is not like it's done in retail. Everything is as normal - i.e. general collection still circulates and shelving is still being done, and no one is keeping books from moving anywhere.

They're doing inventory different this year than in the past in that we are working from reports (i.e. lists) and checking off the items as we find them on the shelf. Don't worry - we got it covered for if an item not on the list pops up. I've been assigned 3 bays. So that's 90 shelves. I managed to get through 12 shelves today. That's about 7.5 pages of 65 pages of my list. I haven't worn a watch lately so I'm not quite sure how long it took me to go through those 12 shelves. I would approximate 4 hours or so...I'm thinking it's gonna take me two work weeks to get through it all. And then I have to recheck for missing items every once in awhile. So far I only actually have 2 or 3 that could be missing; I have to look if they're checked out.

The tediousness brings me back to my cataloguing days...ah nostalgia.

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32. mmm, doughnuts!

The bad thing (or one of the bad things) about students being in exams and the semester at an end is that the line at Tim Horton's is nearly non-existent. Why is this a bad thing? It could lead to a bad habit of grabbing a snack there! (Though admittedly, I often go to the vending machines whenever there is a line-up.)

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33. Where's the manual? What's the password, again?

One thing I noticed when I started my new job is that there was no manual of any sorts at all. Not even something with general info about policies or the college.

Everything is learn as you go. Which is fine, but sometimes it's just annoying to have to stop what I am doing and search out someone to help me. I have no problem asking questions, but if all I need is a password, or the code to the photocopier, then it just seems like a waste of time.
Not only is there no manual, but the information that is out there, is spread out and sometimes hidden. The computer monitors at our information desk currently have bits of paper taped all over them with various login and password info (eg. wireless access, disability services, etc.). Some staff members keep papers under the calendar where we mark down our stats, but I never think to look under it for info. Library policies are sent to staff via email, so if it wasn't for one Lead Hand going "oh, you'll probably want this", I never would have discovered some of them.

It probably sounds like I'm dissin' my work, but that's not at all what I'm getting at. From OLA I had an idea that I'd like our subject specialists to start using wikis for the subject guides. To get them to buy-in a bit and introduce them to wikis, we all sat in on the Web conference from The Education Institute on wikis and libraries by Darlene Fichter. I realized shortly before this webinar, that what we could really use before diving into subject guides, was a staff wiki!

So after that presentation, a co-worker and I got together and we discussed products we liked and decided to go ahead and use PBwiki. So On April 11th, we started our staff wiki and we decided to give it some format and content before showing it to all the staff. There were a couple who heard about it and started inquiring and wanting the password to it, so we gave it out, but in general we kept it to ourselves. We sent the link to our manager at the end of last week and she just told us it's fine and to go ahead and distribute to everyone now (and she started by adding a page too!). My co-worker is planning to spend some time one-on-one with most of the staff to show them how to use it and explain it all. I know it's a useful resource to have. So far we have just some basics - policies, campus info, logins, etc. but we've also made it a place where we can have discussions.

At the moment we are pretty happy with PBwiki. It is fairly easy to use. I was surprised that we were able to upload files - quite a handy feature. We chose the "educator" blog which means it's ad-free; not really a big deal, but I know some staff would get confused by the links to ads. Anyway, I kept seeing their PostOnBlog project so I figured I might as well share with all of you how I'm using PBwiki at my library! Now I want a sandwich :p

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34. Review: Otogi Zoshi (volume 1)

I received a copy of volume one of Otogi Zoshi in the mail from Tangognat from her last giveaway. I finished reading it on the bus this morning on my way to work. Good thing I take the express and didn't have to think about getting off the bus!
The story is set in 10th Century Japan, when there's a lot of battling between the court and bandits, etc. Hikaru is a noble but like many girls is more interested in learning swordplay than thinking about marriage. She used to be close to her older brother, but now he goes off battling bandits, leaving her behind and doesn't tell her anything whenever he is home. Anyway, she gets into some mischief and eventually gets herself kidnapped.
I like stories that have an older brother and younger sister thing going on since that's what I have (one older brother, who happens to live in Japan, but I doubt he gets into many sword battles - though now that I think of it, he used to fence). And of course the tomboy aspect is great; What girl wouldn't prefer some swordplay over marriage?
According to the Chapters site the second volume is in stock, so I might have to make it out there tomorrow to pick that up and see what happens!

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35. Booksale!

The KW chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women is having their annual book sale.

The 43rd annual sale will take place: Friday April 20, 9 am to 9 pm, and Sat. April 21, 9 am to 1 pm, 2007.

Location: First United Church, corner of King &William, Waterloo

In keeping with our mission to encourage educational achievement, the K-W branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women issues the following directly from fundraising:

  • Edna Haviland Awards to all the local secondary schools
  • University of Waterloo Mature Part-Time Student Award
  • University of Waterloo French Award
  • Bursaries to University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College

I'm not a member of CFUW and I don't plan on going to the book sale, but that's just because I'm moving soon! I've managed to offload a bunch of my books at work (both to our collection and to co-workers), and several more are going to the thrift shop, thus I am not looking to increase my book collection at the moment.

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36. Going against Instinct

So, I managed to discard 40 or so books from the HF section of my library. I'm happy. I wish I could've done more though since now we have inventory so I still have to count them all anyway. Weeding is a very slow process, a lot slower than I had expected. Part of the reason is my inability to just run reports (e.g. I can't just get a list of all books pre-1990 in my areas) because that all has to be done through the consortia and costs lots of money. Instead, I have to tediously go through and create my own list. Anyway, I'll keep working on it. I did end up keeping about a dozen of the old books because they really do seem to be 'classics'.

I've also been weeding at home. I'm moving in, well not quite sure, but sometime before the end of the month. I started packing my books last night. I managed to weed out a collection of 11 fiction paperbacks that I brought into work as donations for our small fiction collection. There's also about 12 nonfiction books or hardcover fiction that I don't want; I'll probably see if a used bookstore wants them, if not, off to Goodwill they go. I'm really quite proud that I managed to find 20 books I'm willing to part with. Most of them I hadn't read (like 3 Atwood novels). I also have a pile of maybes. One of my coworkers/friends is probably coming by Sunday to help me go through my mess, so she'll probably get me to get rid of some more books. See, I'm moving from a basement apt into a house with friends; I'll have 1 bedroom for all my stuff, hence the need to cutback on my stuff.

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37. Is your town "Harry"?

Did you read the press release yesterday about Amazon.ca's search for the "Harry"-est town? You can check the Amazon site for the list of the top 100 towns. Neither Kitchener nor Waterloo have made the list, but Guelph did (#27). Windsor didn't make it either, but London made it in at #79. Three provinces are missing from the list: Newfoundland and Labrador, Manitoba and P.E.I. Are folks from NL just not into Harry? or, does Amazon not ship there? Perhaps there aren't many towns above 5000 inhabitants (one of the stipulations of this 'contest'). Maybe that's the same issue with P.E.I. and Manitoba.
Maybe they all just like to purchase through Chapters instead of Amazon. Right now Amazon is selling it for $1.80 less.
As you can see, my HP spirit is on its way up again, most evident to those who see me today wearing my HP t-shirt (you know, the one I got for $2 from the boy's section of a Salvation Army thrift store).
I should call Chapters to see if they're going to have a midnight party.

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38. Library tour schedule for the 'HPDH' Knight Bus tour

Scholastic announces library tour schedule for the 'HPDH' Knight Bus tour

Scholastic, the U.S. publisher of the Harry Potter books, announced this morning the schedule for the 37 library tour schedule for the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Knight Bus Tour.
Check out the full list of libraries on the Scholastic site. It looks like it bypasses Michigan which is a shame because I'll be in Ann Arbor the weekend of June 22-24 (when the bus is scheduled to be in Cleveland then Chicago). It would've been cool to check out the bus and leave a video message!

I still haven't pre-ordered my book. Now that I don't work for a library vendor, I just don't know what to do! I wonder if any stores around here will have a midnight party thingy; I've never gone to one of those.

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39. Bibliothèque de référence virtuelle

I received the following in an email. It's great to have a reliable source to send Francophones to to check out. Personally I find the front page a little busy, but I guess that's to be expected with a virtual library that tries to cover so many areas.
There is a difference in service though I noticed between the French and English versions. If you click on Ask a Librarian you are taken to the Toronto Public Library website which offers virtual reference, whereas in the French you stay in the BRV site and are given phone info for Timmins and an email that goes to TPL; no virtual reference in French yet!

La Bibliothèque qui rayonne en ligne!

La Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa vous invite à explorer le site Web de la Bibliothèque de référence virtuelle (BRV). La BRV est un portail francophone qui répertorie des ressources Web fournissant de l'information fiable en français par sujets, axée essentiellement sur un contenu canadien.

La BRV sera certainement pour vous une ressource inestimable pour:

* Trouver des ressources qui ont été choisies par des bibliothécaires et qui visent les francophones, les professeurs de français, les francophiles et les étudiants en immersion française, en français de base et en français langue seconde.
* Explorer un éventail de sujets, allant des affaires, à l'information sur les carrières, à l'histoire et la géographie, jusqu'à la santé.
* Découvrir les meilleurs sites Web pour enrichir le vocabulaire et améliorer la grammaire française.
* Naviguer à travers un répertoire de sites Web d'aide aux travaux scolaires qui est organisé selon le niveau scolaire et le curriculum du système d'éducation de l'Ontario (de la maternelle à la 6e année, 7e et 8e année, de la 9e à la 12e année).
* Trouver du matériel pédagogique qui pourra les aider les enseignant(e)s dans l'élaboration de leur programme d'enseignement et de leur plan de cours.
* Consulter des outils en ligne tels que: des annuaires téléphoniques, des cartes géographiques et des atlas, des dictionnaires, des encyclopédies et des documents gouvernementaux.
* Trouver la meilleure information d'origine ontarienne et canadienne facilement accessible depuis une source unique.

Pour des renseignements supplémentaires concernant la BRV, n'hésitez pas à nous écrire à l'adresse courriel suivante: bibliovirtuelle@biblioottawalibrary.ca.

Ce projet est parrainé par Patrimoine canadien, l'Office des affaires francophones (Ontario) et le ministère de la Culture de l'Ontario et développé par la Bibliothèque publique d'Ottawa en partenariat avec la Bibliothèque publique de Toronto.

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40. The diplomacy of librarians

I was just watching this youtube video that's filmed in a public library. I just love the librarian that keeps helping the boy log on the computer (or whatever it was).

So funny!

(well if you're as into potty humour as I am)

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41. weeds - they're pretty big

Now that the website is done (well for a bit, I have to re-do it eventually), I have to find other stuff to work on. So, I'm following after my favourite co-worker (*wink* you know who you are), and starting to look at my collections. I have collections!! Yay! Something to call my very own. Oh sorry, it's just cool to be working in a library.
Okay, so here's the deal: I'm sorta clueless about my subject areas (business, marketing, advertising, public relations, human resources, law and security, computer programming, journalism, broadcasting, and a few others).
From my coworkers and all the librarians out there on the web, I'm getting a sense of what I should be doing and how, but I still can't find a good place for "core lists". I'm not happy to just check whether the other colleges also have the book because that could mean A) they all have it so I should have it too! or B) They all have it so I can ILL on the off-chance a student will want it. Before I keep rambling, I'm just gonna leave it at that and see what y'all think. What tools and resources do you use most? Right now my focus is on deselection aka weeding since I've come across books from the 70s and 80s, like this accounting one, and I'm not sure if there's something special about them or if they're just there.

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42. Digital Odyssey 2007

Digital Odyssey 2007 - Building Our Future - April 20, 2007

From the site:

Several recent developments have brought libraries to a watershed in the way we provide access to our resources. Moving beyond traditionally vended solutions, many libraries are beginning to branch out either by building their own software solutions, or looking to vendors outside of the library world to improve the way we present our resources to users.

Digital Odyssey 2007 will explore these new trends and look at how the future of the ILS and other resource discovery tools we depend on is being built today in the library community at large, and right here in Ontario. See how Ontario libraries and librarians are participating in the development of a viable open source ILS and offering next generation catalogues to their users. Learn the practical implications of becoming involved in these projects, what the potential payoff can be, and what the risks to our libraries are if we don’t become involved.

Plan now to attend Digital Odyssey 2007!

There looks to be a lot of great speakers lined up this year so go ahead and register quick!

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43. reference, websites and pineapples

Last week I had on of those days on reference. You know the kind I'm talking about. The type of day when you can't give or find a satisfactory answer for anything. It was not good. I think I was on the desk for 4 hours that day and I just couldn't seem to help anyone. It was so frustrating! And it's not like the questions were difficult. Today wasn't much better, though I think I managed to help the students that came to me, except one. Don't you hate it when a student expects something from you and it's just not possible? Like today a student was trying to log on and for whatever reason username/password didn't work which meant she had to go to the computer help desk on the other end of campus. She didn't understand why I couldn't just give her her password. I did log her in as a guest so that she could do her work in the meantime...

Also last week, I put up the new website. It seems many of my coworkers hadn't understood that it was going up a week after they were sent the URL to look at and test the pages, and so they hadn't looked at it thoroughly thus everyday I'm getting emails from them about changes that have to be made or stuff that's missing (some pages were buried so deep on the last site, I missed them). Oh well, gives me something to do and I like it, even if I complain about it.

Oh pineapples? Yeah, I was just thinking, that it isn't just advertising that gives us 'subliminal' messages. Today in the grocery store I really wanted to buy a pineapple. I don't like pineapple. I don't even like the flavour (unlike say, mushrooms that I abhor, but think the scent and flavour is good). So why did I want a pineapple? Probably because my brother was in Hawaii last week and posted his pics which included a tour and visit of Dole pineapple plantation. Baby pineapple trees are cute! It was either that, or flashback from grade six French class (Ananas!).

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44. I Challenge You!

The folks at Pelham Library have posted a challenge for Freedom To Read week in Canada. They are challenging readers to set a goal of banned or challenged books to be read by June 30th, 2007. I've only set a goal of 10 for myself. Do you think you can you beat me? Any suggestions for really good banned books to read?

As "Freedom to Read Week" approaches, we are once again rolling out our Banned Book Club. This year, we are sending out the challenge to all readers worldwide to Take the Banned Book Challenge. Set a goal. Read. Tell us about your book and let us know how you did. There will be weekly (I hope) updates on the web page ( http://www.pelhamlibrary.blogspot.com).

Just so you aren't alone in this, I have invited a number of "banned" authors to join us. So far Meg Cabot (Princess Diaries and others), Maryrose Wood (Sex Kittens and Horn Dawgs Fall In Love), and Canadian author Deborah Ellis (Three Wishes, Looking for X and many others) have agreed to meet the challenge.

For details and for the signup and reporting form go to http://pelhamlibrary.blogspot.com/2007/02/take-banned-book-challenge.html.

Feel free to pass this message to other book lovers.

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45. Learning on the Go

At this new job of mine, I have essentially three responsibilities: information literacy liaison for business, journalism and other program faculty; reference desk duties; and updating and maintaining the library website.

The first three weeks I was really busy with IL but that has totally gone dead (since I'm not yet doing outreach to faculty), so most of my focus has been on the website and my ref desk shifts. The current template, though newly created, uses tables for layout. Does that make you shudder? We've decided to go ahead and keep using it and my long term project will be to create something that's better for accessibility. So, I have to teach myself CSS. I have a friend who's pretty knowledgeable in the stuff, so he's thrown me some links, and I found lots of useful info. The one I'm loving write now because it's clear and gives great examples: http://www.brainjar.com. I'm fortunate in that at least I have the college's style sheets to model after. So, anyone know of any website tips for librarians?

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46. Review: Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole

Last week I read Every Secret Thing by Emma Cole.

I saw Emma Cole (AKA Susanna Kearsley) back in September at Word on the Street where she did a reading from this book. I bought it and had it signed. Back in November I picked it up and read the first 40 pages and although it was interesting and I wanted to know what happened, I just couldn't get into it (I think I was too taken by the Laurell K. Hamilton series I was reading). Anyway, on the way home from OLA my friend was reading it so we talked about it a bit and I decided I needed to pick it back up.

This time I hated to put it down. Almost made me glad that it takes me an hour (minimum) to get to/from work each day. I normally do not read mysteries/thrillers/suspense of any sort. When I chose for myself it's usually fantasy or something "classic" that I just haven't read yet. I enjoy when an author puts enough reality into a book - for instance mentioning real historical events or people, but that there's certainly enough fiction to make it fun.

I think this book was fairly typical in that the main character was being followed/chased for information she was thought to have but didn't and so had to run around the world tracking down people and finding out the truth. I guess the reason I liked it was because it left me wanting to know more about real events, for instance Camp X which I had never heard of before. It was a smooth read and certainly had enough suspense to keep the pages turning!

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47. Just let them read!

Well now, we can't let Freedom to Read week go by without a little controversy can we? I was reading a story in the Windsor Star this morning out of Ottawa about parents and educators upset with Scholastic bringing Bratz books to school book fairs.

The group says the books promote "precocious sexuality" and shouldn’t be marketed to a captive audience of impressionable young girls at school.
Heck, I don't like Bratz and was quite happy when my (just recently turned) 12 yr old goddaughter told me she didn't like them, but still what if she did like them? What's wrong with that? I mean, I don't like that she's a Hilary Duff fan either but I bought her a book on Hilary. Books are about imagination and escape and that means different aspects appeal to every individual. While I agree that the characters and the dolls might not be the best imagery to promote to young girls (seriously, like we all have long sleek hair and round plump lips! - um no), I still don't think they are that detrimental to their minds. Are they really any worse than Barbie and her friends were to us? (And I do remember having a Barbie book or two, although I played with her horse and RV more than the doll herself.)
I also agree that marketing to kids sucks, especially at schools where there's "no escape", but, have you taken a look at our society and what drives it? Despite what so many of us profess (and some actually follow through on), we are in a capitalist society. Thousands of people are manufacturing things to be sold to us and the marketers are just doing their job, just like we're doing ours. As individuals we can choose the way we live and inform our family about choices, so why should anyone but me decide what books my (hypothetical) child gets to buy? If you don't want your kid buying it, tell her/him so or don't give them money! Yeah, it's no fun being left out, but I know there were times when I missed the book fair because we had no money - I got over it, so will they.

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48. Two great things: IM and bookstores

I'm glad IM exists (and that my work doesn't block it). My 12 yr old goddaughter is visiting but I have to work. So, she's home alone in my apartment in a strange city. I left her my cell phone so I could call and check up but she was still half asleep when I left so she didn't understand that I wanted her to pick it up if anyone (i.e me) called!

Fortunately I discovered saturday night that she has MSN and she's now on my list (should I tell you how pathetic it is that we were messaging each other from a few feet away?). After trying to call my cell countless times this morning I finally gave up and signed onto meebo - and there she was online! Now I can breath easier having checked up on her. I made sure she had lunch and I also helped her put on a dvd.

Later, I'm going to become every public librarian's hated patron. Not only am I going to leave my 12 yr old cousin unattended at the library, I'm actually instructing her to go there alone! I work until 7:30 so it just doesn't make sense for me to take the bus all the way home to pick her up then to go out for dinner because the bus schedule sucks in the evening. I figured meeting her at the library was a good plan since it's right next to where I'll take her to eat (and if you think 8:30 is too late for her to be eating a) her mom regularly feeds her late and b) it's March break!

Oh, and to make this post a little more library-esque. Her mom doesn't read for leisure at all (I try!), so I feel like it's up to me to promote reading and school and stuff. I was a little disturbed when I saw my goddaughter used her friend's library card to check out books because both hers and her mom's cards have overdue fines on them. Yesterday I took her to her first used bookstore! The man at the bookstore was really helpful; I told him it was her first time so he showed us the children's area, the classic literature and the other general stuff. She picked out two books for herself and used some leftover birthday money to buy them. I ended up getting one book too, though I really wanted three!

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49. Challenged books: reading review #1

Okay, so the first week of the challenged book reading challenge went well and I read one book, Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Since then my reading has come to a halt and I've only managed a hundred pages or so in Margaret Laurence's The Diviners.

I was a little surprised by The Handmaid's Tale. I didn't think I'd like it because lately many of my friends and acquaintances have told me how they don't enjoy Atwood's writing, yet I remember my brother enjoyed this book when he was in high school (and another friend mentioned his brother did too!). I have only ever read some of her poetry before and had never read any of her novels. I know she gets quite irritated if anyone calls her work "science-fiction" and prefers the term "speculative fiction" but um, yeah that's what sci-fi is pretty much (I guess she thinks of robots and space ships like most people do when they hear that term). I always thought The Handmaid's Tale was sci-fi-esque (because of my brother) but it's not, it really is dystopic though.

The Handmaid's Tale made me think and as I've written before, that's what I like about books. A lot of books don't make me think; I turn the page and I'm done with them, so books that make me think about real issues, like women, religion, society in general is usually alright by me. I didn't feel that it brought up any new ideas for me to focus on, but it did stir up some old ones.

As you may notice, my reviews really aren't much of a review. So, here's a link to the New York Times review from 1986.

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50. Non-library blogs? I guess I read a few

I like the meme going around, that started over at the Liminal Librarian. Who asked us: "what do you read that's absolutely not library-related?"

So my 5 are:

Thinsite - photoblog by a guy who lives in my region, not that his pics necessarily have to do with the area at all but they're fun to look at.

Brainylady - I found her through a library blogger. She lived in Taiwan, then she went to grad school where I was doing my MLIS - weird. She knits. I don't. I look at her pretty things. I actually cried when I read her cat died (was that 2 years ago now?)

Boing Boing is also one that I read often. It's so wacky. Y'know, Cory Doctorow was at OLA this year.

Michael Geist's blog - Geist is Canada Research Chair of Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law. He talks about stuff like copyright, privacy and that type of thing.

So Misguided - yeah you probably think I'm cheating since she blogs about books often, but really, it's not a library blog.

So what non-library-ish blogs do you read?

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