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The Adventures of Library Girl: Moving From Decoration to Documentation

The Adventures of Library Girl: Moving From Decoration to Documentation | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

"I've been thinking a lot about first impressions lately and about what our physical spaces say about the work that goes on in the library.  I visit a lot of school libraries and when I do I try to put myself in the shoes of someone who a) knows very little about what happens in these spaces BUT who is also b) charged with making funding/staffing decisions for libraries in the coming year. "


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I am going to paste this flyer in my binder and review it every year.  Jennifer LaGarde is just so awesome!

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When a Southern Town Broke a Heart

When a Southern Town Broke a Heart | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
For the author Jacqueline Woodson, a childhood summer in the deep green beauty of Greenville, S.C., revealed her place and time in history.
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"...either Greenville was cheating or Brooklyn was lying." Oh, I can't wait to get my hands on her new novel! And I'd be lying if I didn't admit I scooped this to have Femi Dawkins's beautiful illustration in my feed. 

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100 Must-Read Books about Books

100 Must-Read Books about Books | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Attention bibliophiles: If you're a true-blue book lover, this list of 100 book recommendations for bookish novels and nonfiction is for you.
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Using Meditation to Help Close the Achievement Gap

Using Meditation to Help Close the Achievement Gap | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
When a troubled school taught students Transcendental Meditation, suspensions dropped and attendance and students’ grade point averages rose.
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It's worth a try!

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Major Cell Phone Radiation Study Reignites Cancer Questions

Major Cell Phone Radiation Study Reignites Cancer Questions | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Dina Fine Maron writes: "Federal scientists released partial findings Friday from a $25 million animal study that tested the possibility of links between cancer and chronic exposure to the type of radiation emitted from cell phones and wireless devices. The findings, which chronicle an unprecedented number of rodents subjected to a lifetime of electromagnetic radiation, present some of the strongest evidence to date that such exposure is associated with the formation of rare cancers in at least two cell types in the brains and hearts of rats. The results, which were posted on a prepublication website run by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, are poised to reignite controversy about how such everyday exposure might affect human health."

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As I watch my middle schoolers clutch their phones throughout the day, I've often wondered about the length of exposure to cell phone radiation. In my previous work life, I dealt with public health issues relating to construction, such as asbestos and radon. It's always been the length of exposure that increases the risk of developing cancer. So, we made asbestos abatement projects in elementary schools a higher priority than college classrooms. I am always telling my students to place their phones on the tables, rather than in their pockets. I just asked a handful of 8th grade girls, and three of them admitted they sleep with their phones under their pillows. This study should receive wider attention.

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Super 8 Said Farewell to Its Kitschy Motel Art With a Gallery Show

Super 8 Said Farewell to Its Kitschy Motel Art With a Gallery Show | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Danny Lewsi writes: "Super 8 recently rented out a Manhattan gallery to put on an exhibition of its paintings. Titled “When The Art Comes Down: Works from the Super 8 Collection,” the event showcased all sorts of generic nature scenes, animal portraits, and still lifes of flowers, Claire Voon writes for Hyperallergic. Connoisseurs of bland art bought at garage sales, flea markets and big-box stores were in for a treat: the first 100 visitors got to take one of the paintings home for free."



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Talk about nostalgia! I stayed at a Days Inn once about 20 years ago on a solo trip with my 4 or 5 year old daughter. A similiar design scheme,  with a large landscape over each bed. In the morning, my daughter dictated a story to me about the fairy who lived in that landscape painting. It may be kitsch, but this type of art will always have a place in my heart!

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The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda

The Librarian Who Saved Timbuktu’s Cultural Treasures From al Qaeda | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
A middle-aged book collector in Mali helped keep the fabled city’s libraries, books and manuscripts safe from occupying jihadists.
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Yes, You Can Still Teach Kids To Love Books

Yes, You Can Still Teach Kids To Love Books | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
It can be hard to get teens to read, especially with so much technology competing for their attention. A new book looks at ways teachers can help young people find books (and find themselves).
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From the interview, it sounds like the teacher David Denby admires is teaching students not only to relate to what they're reading, but to think critically--about reading, television, and their lives. I just bought this book to read over spring break. 

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Anything to Get the Shot: Photographers and War from Library of Congress Prints and Photos

Anything to Get the Shot: Photographers and War from Library of Congress Prints and Photos | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Anything to Get the Shot: Photographers and War. A blog post at "Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos" on 2016-02-25.
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We're setting up a photography and photojournalism display. I'm going to use some LOC prints to grab students' attention. Look at the size of those Civil War era cameras!

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Geography Through the Stereoscope | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos

Geography Through the Stereoscope | Picture This: Library of Congress Prints & Photos | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Kristi Finefield writes: "The smallest detail in a photograph can sometimes be the key to unlocking its story. Take a look at this stereograph of a classroom full of students in 1908. When I found it in our collections, my curiosity was piqued by the students using handheld stereoscopes to view stereographs."

The smallest detail in a photograph can sometimes be the key to unlocking its story. Take a look at this stereograph of a classroom full of students in 1908. When I found it in our collections, my curiosity was piqued by the students using handheld stereoscopes to view stereographs.

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I  love this blog! Sharing Library of Congress resources with students is easy when you start off with something that looks as cool as this stereoscope.

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Google Cardboard helps doctor save baby's life

Google Cardboard helps doctor save baby's life | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
A doctor in Miami saved a baby's life after using Google Cardboard to visualize a complicated heart surgery that had never been done before.
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Now THIS is what I wanted to see! A truly useful application of Cardboard!

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Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development

Traditional Toys May Beat Gadgets in Language Development | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Research suggests that some gadgets can make parents less likely to engage in meaningful give-and-take with their children.
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I always thought talking to an infant or toddler was intuitive. Descriptive language doesn't develop on its own, folks!

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When 122,951,031 Books Went to War

When 122,951,031 Books Went to War | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Yoni Applebaum writes: "In 1943, in the middle of the Second World War, America's book publishers took an audacious gamble. They decided to sell the armed forces cheap paperbacks, shipped to units scattered around the globe. Instead of printing only the books soldiers and sailors actually wanted to read, though, publishers decided to send them the best they had to offer. Over the next four years, publishers gave away 122,951,031 copies of their most valuable titles."

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I was searching for the title of this book by Molly Guptill Manning, when I came across this fascinating article, which reminded me that my subscription to The Atlantic needs to be renewed. 

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9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings

9 Learnings from 9 Years of Brain Pickings | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Maria Popova's "reflections on the rewards of seeking out what magnifies your spirit, " updated with two new insights.

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It's a visceral pleasure for me to sit down and read Brain Pickings--setting aside the time to reflect, explore the links, and marvel at her insights. She truly is a national treasure.

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Simple reward-based learning suits adolescents best

Simple reward-based learning suits adolescents best | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Adolescents focus on rewards and are less able to learn to avoid punishment or consider the consequences of alternative actions, finds a new UCL-led study.The study, published in PLOS Computational Biology, compared how adolescents and adults learn to make choices based on the available information.

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How would this work in the library? Other than paying for lost books, we don't have any "punishment", but is there a way to improve library instruction by incorporating this research? Is it as simple as badges for completion of projects or tasks?

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How to Heal a Traumatized Dog: Read It a Story

How to Heal a Traumatized Dog: Read It a Story | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Volunteers for a program at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals help dogs recover from abuse or neglect by reading aloud to them.
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We know the benefits of reading aloud to children. It turns out we can socialize traumatized dogs in a similar way.

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5 Of The UK's Most Famous TV Writers On Why Libraries Should Be Saved

5 Of The UK's Most Famous TV Writers On Why Libraries Should Be Saved | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
Following the closure of 10 libraries in Lambeth in London, Russell T Davies, Mark Gatiss, Peter Bowker, Sarah Phelps, and Jac
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It's happening all over, libraries closing. SO SAD!

Stop this madness! If the Brits can't convince us, who can? [grins]

Thank you,

@Markgatiss
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A Window Into the Workings of Zika

A Window Into the Workings of Zika | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
A graduate student’s offhand remark has led to widespread research that has provided findings about how the virus causes brain damage.
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A 23 year old graduate student makes a suggestion, researchers use 3D models created in part by high school interns, and crowd source information online with other researchers: my favorite parts of this story!

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Providing children with tablets loaded with literacy apps yields positive results

"Researchers have been conducting a study to determine whether tablet computers loaded with literacy applications could improve the reading preparedness of young children living in economically disadvantaged communities. In all three cases, study participants' performance on standardized tests of reading preparedness indicated that the tablet use was effective."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Of course, I'd love to see what happens if you provide big stacks of books, but I understand how the apps can help, especially if children are listening to letter sounds, words, etc. 

 

I'll be digging deeper to read what Maryanne Wolf has to say about ereading versus print. Is there something about print awareness that contributes to reading skill? I always thought so, but I'm willing to change my mind! This topic fascinates me.

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Local Library Company Returns to its Roots

Local Library Company Returns to its Roots | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
The artisanal craft of librarianship received a boost today, as a major vendor announced plans to once again offer printed catalog cards for subscribers. Dublin-headquartered Online Compute
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I hope it's not an April Fools prank!

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Restoring the world’s oldest library

Restoring the world’s oldest library | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
In 2012, architect Aziza Chaouni began to rehabilitate the al-Qarawiyyin Library in Fez. She describes the challenges of the project.
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What a beautiful restoration! I would love to see this someday.

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How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet

How the Humble Index Card Foresaw the Internet | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Jonathan Schifman writes: "Index cards are mostly obsolete nowadays. We use them to create flash cards, write recipes, and occasionally fold them up into cool paper airplanes. But their original purpose was nothing less than organizing and classifying every known animal, plant, and mineral in the world. Later, they formed the backbone of the library system, allowing us to index vast sums of information and inadvertently creating many of the underlying ideas that allowed the Internet to flourish."

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I love articles like this! Quirky information I'd never thought about. 

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How the Internet changed the way we read

How the Internet changed the way we read | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Jackson Bliss writes: "We now skim everything it seems to find evidence for our own belief system. We read to comment on reality (Read: to prove our own belief system). Reading has become a relentless exercise in self-validation, which is why we get impatient when writers don’t come out and simply tell us what they’re arguing. 


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I am a skimmer, and agree with everything Bliss writes here. Even if I can't remember what it was that he said:/

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Children's Illustrator Presents Random Fun Facts as Whimsical Drawings

Children's Illustrator Presents Random Fun Facts as Whimsical Drawings | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Did you know that scientists have merged jellyfish and feline DNA to create glow-in-the-dark cats? Did you know that the average lead pencil can draw a line 35 miles long?

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This would be a fun Instagram account to share with students!

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Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves

Our (Bare) Shelves, Our Selves | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it

Teddy Wayne writes: "The increasing absence of physical books, records and photo albums in homes can negatively affect developing intellects."

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"After G.N.P., the quantity of books in one's home was the most important predictor of reading performance." And in homes where students don't own books, a school library which allows liberal checkouts can help bridge that gap.

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Quiet, please… In praise of the British Library

Quiet, please… In praise of the British Library | Magpies and Octopi | Scoop.it
From novelists to entrepreneurs, a diverse collection of people can be found in the British Library. But what are they up to? We asked some of them…
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