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LIBE 477 – Reading Review Part A

It has been a number of years since I have tried to put so many aspects of technology together in a functional manner. In the classroom, I could try a Kahoot here, a backchannel discussion through TodaysMeet there, the occasional professional tweet, homework through Remind,  Edublogs (duh, English teacher), but my biggest experiment remains the …

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Well, I’m Back

In writing this I am in utter disbelief that it has been over five years since my last, true post. The shock was so much, in fact, that I pulled a couple of book reviews that I pasted up on another site that I was contributing to. I am encouraged to turn a corner with …

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School Library Learning Commons as Venues for Social Justice

The following is the response to a discussion prompt from LLED 467 of the UBC Teacher-Librarian Diploma. The prompt was to provide examples of social justice from online content and if of how yo might integrate it into your program. I am submitting two examples of online content that provides examples of social justice. The …

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Knifing Through the Water

I picked up The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi because I loved his award winning 2009 novel, The Windup Girl. Both have to do with a dystopian future where resources are scarce and hoarded by the few. In the case of The Water Knife, the south-western United States is going through an incredible and destructive water shortage. To make …

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What Constitutes Reading?

The following was a scenario outlined in the LLED 462 course of the UBC Teacher-Librarianship Diploma. The prompts that directed the response were: As a teacher librarian, how would you handle this situation? He came down a couple of times later, disinterested and disengaged, choosing a few novels this time and then promptly returning them …

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Crossing Lines in the Age of Intolerance

I have to say that I could not think of a more timely book than The Lines We Cross by Randa Abdel-Fattah. Set in Australia, Abdel-Fattah looks at the impact that the political opinions of adults have on the lives of teens. The narrative alternates between Michael and Mina, schoolmates at a prestigious high school. Any …

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Not the Type of Librarian You’ll Find Here

The Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen was, admittedly, my first step into young adult fiction in quite a while. I purposely picked something up from the comedy genre to see if I could relate to it in any way and due to my time as a librarian. I have to admit, Knudsen does a very good …

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A Sequel’s Death, The Jennifer Morgue (Laundry Files, #2)

This is the second of The Laundry Files series of Charles Stross’s I have read, as it is the second book and I am a bit of a stickler for reading series in order, which I am sure is some sort of residual effect of years of comic collecting. I enjoyed his first, The Atrocity Archives, so …

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The Great-er Than I Ever Thought It Was Gatsby

I have managed to avoid The Great Gatsby since I was sixteen, even though it has been on the reading list at every high school I have ever taught at. It was also the only book that I only read once during my high school years, which brings the next statement as little surprise: I …

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Maybe not a King (of Thorns), But I Am Willing to Keep on Reading About The Broken Empire

I recently commented on the macho, mysoginistic writings of Lee Child in my foray into the world of Jack Reacher. I have been delaying on this post a bit because I have been trying to reason out what makes the protagonist of The Broken Empire series so different and why I find myself liking him, …

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