Posts tagged libraries
Posts tagged libraries
When I was working through grad school to get my library science degree, I sometimes had to use social media like YouTube videos and blog posts in my assignments. Though I’m usually good at citing sources, I found that even with my handy APA guide I often found it a difficult and laborious process to properly cite social media sources.
Luckily for current students, there is a great guide to help them with their citations. TeachBytes has created an awesome and easy to use infographic that explains how to cite social media resources in MLA and APA style. How handy is this?
I got to spend part of my excellent anniversary weekend at the ever-stunning New York Public Library. Somehow, even though I have next to no sense of direction, I am always able to find my way back to this building when I visit good old NYC. I love visiting it every single time!
The visual directory of all of the different rooms you can stay in at the Library Hotel (all arranged by Dewey Decimal System). My husband and I were in the political science room, 300.02, this past weekend during our stay. So fun!
Lucky me—I got to spend my anniversary weekend at the Library Hotel in New York City. My husband and I ended up in room 300.02, which was dedicate to political science and had its own library of political books for us to peruse. If you know my husband, you’ll know that this was the perfect room for us to end up in.
The Library Hotel was extremely cushy and comfortable, and it was within easy walking distance of a lot of the places that we wanted to go during our stay (like the New York Public Library!). I highly recommend it if you want a fabulously geeky weekend away.
Take her to the Library Hotel in New York City.
Each floor represents a different section of the Dewey Decimal System, and I’m heading there right now with my sweetheart for our anniversary trip! Pictures to come later, of course.
When science fair season hits, Science Buddies is one of my favorite resources to help students get through the process. Science Buddies is a public charity organization dedicated to helping students of all ages and abilities gain scientific knowledge.
To accomplish that goal, they have created a really great site that provides students with science project ideas (narrowed down by subject, cost of materials, difficulty, and time needed to complete), guides to the scientific method and project design and implementation, information about careers in the sciences, and an Ask an Expert section for kids to get help from somebody in the field.
Lynn Reid Banks’s classic book The Indian in the Cupboard was a big favorite of mine when I was a kid, and I was excited to share it with my students. They loved the premise, and I was happy to see that it has held up pretty well over the years.
Activity: Create Your Own Cupboard
Using Microsoft Publisher and some good old-fashioned scissors and glue sticks, I created paper cabinets for each of my students and tasked them with using art supplies to illustrate what kinds of things they would bring to life if they owned a magical cupboard like Omri does in the book. We ended up with some toy soldiers and dragons, as well as some more unexpected items like a dollar bill (student: “I just want to see a dollar dance, okay?”) and a spoon (student: “That way I’ll never have to feed myself again!”).
Snack: Monkey Bread
This is such a fun snack to eat with a group! For those not in the know, monkey bread is a tasty pull-apart cinnamon bread. It’s very easy to make (see the simple Pillsbury recipe here), and you can usually find it in the frozen food aisle of the grocery store. Either way, you’ve got an interactive dessert that kids will paw all over, and that’s half the fun!
Scenes from the MLA/DLA Joint Library Conference:
1. Me geeking out over my special Speaker nametag
2. Presenting on a panel about new methods of library outreach
3. Author Karen Hesse speaking at the conference luncheon
4. The view from my hotel room
I’m off to Ocean City for the Maryland and Delaware Library Association Joint Conference. Think nice thoughts for me at 3:45 pm tomorrow as I give my conference presentation. If you happen to be at the conference too, come say hello!
On Display: May Day!
May is here, so bust out the maypole and celebrate with some books. Try books with the word “May” in their titles, or authors with “May” in their names.