Sunday, October 16, 2011

Reflecting, and more reading

What? It's the middle of October already?!  Time is constantly speeding by -- and what do I have to show for it?  Well, I have been working on making my media center welcoming for students, and it sure feels like I have more visiting every week.  I wanted to improve collecting statistics, I now have students signing in online (  That has also broken down the invisible wall around the circulation desk because sometimes students need to use the computers behind the desk to sign in.  These things are all good.
 Here's my problem, I am still trying to build connections with teachers, and that seems to be more difficult to accomplish.  I am looking for suggestions that would break the ice; any ideas??
On a different note, I am reading a great (YA, of course) book, Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.  One reviewer called it an adventure with a heroine that rivals Buffy, but with werewolves.  The writing is sharp, the main character, Brynn is someone you would definitely want in your corner, and the story has plenty of twists and turns to keep you reading.  I also finished Glow which is another distopian society, this time on a spaceship.  Funny, I had a student who was reading Lord of the Flies ask me why these kind of stories always take place on an island; good question, right?  That's the same issue with Glow, an island space ship.  Why is it that parents are always absent in these books? 
Of course, my best book recommendations come from students, and that is great!

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