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Great Stuff Overload

I’m taking a bit of a blogging hiatus while I work out how want to really want to spend my online time. There is so much great stuff out there! In the meantime I’m working my way through over 1000 ‘blog ideas’ bookmarks on Delicious and popping the keepers on to my library Pinterest page.


“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” – Peter F. Drucker


“You shouldn’t be dusting your knickknacks if your kitchen counters are still dirty.” – Peter Turla

“You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.” – Charles Buxton

See you soon!

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Amy’s Marathon of Books

Amy Mathers

Ontario’s Amy Mathers was born with Glycogen Storage Disease Type IIIa (GSD), a form of muscular dystrophy. With a focus on paying forward the gifts of two organ transplants, she is a strong advocate for organ and tissue transplant awareness.

She is also a passionate reader and uses teen novels in bibliotherapy, using books “to help people identify their feelings and cope with their lives”.

Inspired by Terry Fox and Rick Hansen’s Canadian journeys, her newest project, ‘Amy’s Marathon of Books”, promises to raise money for a new Canadian teen fiction prize. Amy calculated that Terry Fox walked an average of one kilometres every six minutes and that she can read ten pages in the same amount of time. Thus every ten  pages will represent one kilometre as she reads books from each province and territory,  beginning with Newfoundland.

Amy expects to finish one book a day in 2014 and will post reviews of each book on her blog. Her goal is “To raise money for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC) in order to endow a Canadian teen book award to be presented at the yearly Canadian Children’s Literature Awards gala”.

Visit Amy’s Marathon of Books to learn more, suggest a book, donate, participate or follow Amy and her book reviews through a variety of social media.

See also:
Hope for Families Counselling Centre
The Phoenix Zine

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American Library Association Declares the Right To Read

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Via Watch, Connect, Read where you can see and hear ALA President Barbara Stripling read the declaration and download copies.


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A New Record is Set for Book Dominoes

I cannot imagine just how long that would have taken to set up. Bravo Central Library Cape Town!

Via: Book Patrol

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So We’re Still Here After All

If you’re reading this, that means that the world didn’t vaporize yesterday. It didn’t explode, or implode, or annihilate life in whatever cataclysmic method you may have imagined.

This helps a little to explain why.

It's beautiful. But apparently, it's not Mayan.

It’s beautiful. But apparently, it’s not Mayan.

And if you’re still feeling a little dumbfounded…

Mayan Priest, Carlos Barrios reassures us that rather than an ending, December 21st marked a new beginning, a transformation.

“Change is accelerating now, and it will continue to accelerate.” If the people of the earth can get to this 2012 date in good shape, without having destroyed too much of the Earth, Mr. Barrios said, we will rise to a new, higher level…“Humanity will continue,” he contends, “but in a different way. Material structures will change. From this we will have the opportunity to be more human.”

END OF WORLD CONFIRMED: 'If you were a betting man, you’d bet on the world ending.  I am,” said Professor Malley'.

END OF WORLD CONFIRMED: ‘If you were a betting man, you’d bet on the world ending. I am,” said Professor Malley’.

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Scheduled to post at noon – because patterns are neat.


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Little Librarian Play Set

Be a Real Librarian! Just add books.

Little Librarian is the first personal library kit made just for kids! It encourages reading and is powered by creativity and imagination, not batteries! Little Librarian provides book lovers with everything they need to transform their book collection into a library. Kids can practice the important skills of organizing, sharing, borrowing, and returning. Book pockets, check out cards, library cards, and bookmarks are just like the ones from the real library. Little Librarians will issue overdue notices and awards. Favorite books can be stored in the reading journal and shared with friends. To get started just add books!

The kids in my school are familiar with book pockets and cards because the Grades 1-3 teachers use them for their leveled reading books that are kept in the division. Otherwise, it would be difficult to relate a lot of this kit to the modern library.

I still think it’s pretty neat.

From Little Librarian  – It’s not new, but I just discovered it via TYWKIWDBI


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