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This is a Reading Olympic book I read (give it 5 stars out of 5!) and now I have to make up 5 questions and the answers with pg # and chapters... I really liked the main character, Naomi,a teen of 16 years who falls while returning to school to get the yearbook camera. Zevin nailed the protagonist's angst, humor, anger and introspective thoughts. You could really feel Naomi's amnesia---loved Will, her best friend ---and James, the darkly handsome, new guy in school who saves Naomi ---and Ace, the jock boyfriend who has it all. Her dad was really quirky and sweet and Naomi's new outlook, "forget the past, who cares?" ---helps their relationship grow. I learned you can make changes, Naomi in the school play...and the resulting future can be a good one.

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My middle school in Colorado Springs has 18% ESL students, and I am trying to add minority literature to the library collection as well as include engaging activities. I know ethnic identification is a sensitive topic, and I would like to have minority literature and activities available for our ESL students. What reading lists would you suggest and what activities can I use to engage the ESL students into using the library collection?
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Meredith FArkas wrote back to me!

I emailed Meredith Farkas to let her know I was reading and enjoying her book. she wrote backThanks Allan! I'm so glad you're enjoying the book. There are a lot ofgreat applications for social software in a K-12 setting and I wishyou the best in learning and applying these new technologies.Best,MeredithCool huh?
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Five Blogs in a Blender

Reading 2.0I thought the title of this blog was interesting. It has only been up since October 2007. There is a book review for each month and a place for comments. Some of the reviews have a link containing a short interview with the author. Refreshing! I enjoyed the book jackets and short reviews. I was able to copy and paste the reviews and pictures into a Word document. This would be nice to use to promote books on a “Featured Item” bulletin board in the library (or outside the library). The books seem to be at a high school reading putting the rarin back in librarian since 1999 Touted as one of the best blogs, I had to check it out for myself. Jessamyn West is a rural Vermont library consultant and a moderator at She talks about her current involvement in library consultation combined with a few personal items, political items, fun stuff, etc. She provides many links to other places containing a variety of information within her blog entry as well as in categories listed on the side. Very interesting titles such as: stacks, libcrisis, and pr, hype & bs. Visiting this site was like walking through my grandmother’s attic. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but found many wondrous things. I don’t know that I would call it the best blog, but it was certainly was an exciting place to visit.Information wants to be free Although there are a ton of excellent links, categorized for ease of finding information, her current discussion is, well, a blog about blogging. If you are not familiar with blogging, this might be worth a few minutes of your time to read. Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community OnlineMeredith G. FarkasThe laughing librarian This is what is sounds like. Fun stuff oriented to librarians. Be sure to check out bobditties The Bookmobile Ran Over My Dog. Very silly. Lib.Sig has quotes useful for your e-signature. "In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim."Linton Weeks(Washington Post article, 13 January 2001, p. C01)I found some of this material offensive and suggestive. Beware of Stories for Boys. I enjoyed some of the video links and even posted “The Librarian Song” to my Facebook page. A good place to visit after a hard day in the library or after a staff meeting – maybe before the staff meeting!LibVibe: library news Updated weekly, titles of news stories regarding libraries and library issues lead to a wide variety of articles. Links to discuss each article are on most of the pages. The titles appear in a small,light blue font which is difficult to read. If you don’t have time to read, click to listen to a five-minute newscast give a brief overview of each article.
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I was wondering what user of this site think. Do you prefer using your blog or the comments to post in? A small consideration. Also on the issue of using an aggregator, do you prefer a desktop application or a web based one?
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starting over

Here I was jazzing up my site and adding all kinds of posts and content, when lo and behold I quit Firefox and when I came back in it I found I was on an older version of my 21st C. site and a lot of my stuff was gone, including some of my friends! So I am starting again. Come back friends.
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