Thursday, May 17, 2012

Directly Integrated Research With Google Docs

So I'm sitting here working on a few of my final Summer Reading Program plans.  I rely extremely heavily on Google and Pinterest these days, so those are my everyday go-to sites.  I use Google Docs, Blogger (obviously), Google Calendar, etc.  I open up Google Docs today and there, in the corner is a shiny new bauble!

Meet the Google Docs Research Tool!

I have to admit that it sidetracked me long enough to lose focus on my actual document.  What a clever little minx Google continues to be!

Sunday, May 6, 2012

YA Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

The Wizard of OZ on steroids. No,...on hallucinogens.

First off, let me say that I tried this book a year ago on audio and just couldn't get into it. I liked what I heard, for the most part, but the beginning is more of an introduction to who Cameron is, and unfortunately beginning-of-the-book Cam, is kind of a jerk. I mean, when watching The Wizard of Oz, you don't really care how Dorothy came to be living with Auntie Em and Uncle Henry, you just want to see her get caught up in that twister.

Anyway, I picked the print version up this go-round and was pleasantly surprised by how quickly I fell down the rabbit hole. Cameron's angst about his possibly/maybe having an affair dad, his flighty mother, and his perfectly popular twin sister is heightened to the point of being obnoxious, but there's also some endearing qualities about him, like for instance the fact that he's dying. Yeah, bummer.

Daring to Be Different

It's May...which means that Summer Reading "planning" month is in full effect.  I feel behind actually, since the calendar of events for the younger kids and tweens is already full in my library, and the teen calendar is seriously lacking at the moment.

Planning the summer reading program this year has actually felt a lot like cleaning my room.  You know, you get really excited about how your room will look once you're done, and you start digging in, but before you know it your room is messier than it began and you find yourself sitting in a pile of trash wanting to say "never mind".  That pile of trash is my Pinterest board right now. LOL

I knew from the very beginning that I was not going to want to follow the state SRP(Summer Reading Program) theme.  I'm sure that "Own the Night" is perfect for some, but my teens and even myself if I'm being honest, would have looked at it with a lot less than enthusiasm.  No shade on anyone using it, but it just makes me think of a rape prevention event. :/

Our department decided to do our own thing this year, with a "What's Your Story" theme to highlight story, magic, fairy tales, folk tales, etc. For the teens, this will be the first year that they have their very own program, and I don't feel that I've been too ambitious.  At least not yet.