Friday, October 29, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
I'm blogging right now, at 6:55 AM because I got up forty-five minutes early -- and that was after going to bed an hour late. My stomach is nervous and churning. My house is a DISASTER -- I have not one, but TWO banana peels sitting next to the keyboard.
It can only mean one thing -- I said yes.
Today, I'm presenting at the School Library System's Fall Conference at the Doubletree Hotel in Syracuse, NY. It's not the biggest venue I've presented at, but it's still a venue. Venue's are scary.
The keynote speaker is Ross Todd. In case you don't know, he's a BIG DEAL. Maybe he'll talk a really long time -- sooo long that I don't have to do my presentation.
That'd be awesome.
At 10:50 this morning I'll be presenting Technology and Web 2.0: A smorgasbord of engagement ideas. At least I got a food reference into the title.
I think I'm already sweating . . .
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Our reserve list for Hunger Games is so long that I couldn't justify letting six perfectly good copies sit in my cupboard on the Kindles. So, even though our covers haven't arrived, I started handing them out yesterday.
The response is OVERWHELMING! The kids are loving them!! My new favorite thing is to call a totally unsuspecting kid down to the library, put a Kindle in their hands and tell them they can TAKE IT HOME. In the twenty-four hours they've been out, I've had a bunch of kids clamoring for part of the action.
8th Grade Kid: "Mrs. Cesari, you know that thing? You know, that thing? You gave my friend a thing."
Me: "What thing?"
8th Grade Kid: "You know, the thing! That thing with the books on it."
Me: "A Kindle?"
8th Grade Kid: "Yeah, that thing. I want one. Can I have one?"
The kids who ARE lucky enough to have a "thing" are enthusiastically enjoying the experience, though one reported that he can't actually get a lot of reading done because everybody keeps staring over his shoulder and asking what he's doing.
So far, these are the books I've got on the Kindles:
The Hunger Games Trilogy
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Trilogy
Maze Runner I and Maze Runner II
Burned, Tricks, and Fallout
I'd had really good luck finding Kindle editions of everything I wanted -- until I tried to add Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains and Forge. Neither one is available on the Kindle. :( Otherwise, we're loving Kindle circulation and glad we pushed those babies out of the nest.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Not that this is, by any means, the most amazing bulletin board you've ever seen, but hopefully it gets the job done! All the books pictured on the board are also displayed on a bookshelf with ample signage. If you're looking for a list of Hunger Games read-alikes, the Evanston Public Library has a great one here.
Monday, October 18, 2010
This is the view inside the cabinet. We used book ends to build little cradles for each Kindle. I just stacked them in a row and then taped the last one on the right down to the shelf so they don't slide. Each Kindle has its own power source that plugs into the strip behind. Unlike the iTouches, I was smart enough to order different colored cases for the Kindles (I'm still waiting for that Amazon shipment to arrive!). You can see where I labeled each slot with a "color."
We haven't actually started loaning out the Kindles, but as soon as those covers arrive, I can't wait to get them in students' hands!!