Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Classics in Graphic Novel Form

Check out these classic books rewritten in graphic novel format!  My son loves these books. They are great for students who are not yet ready to read the original work in its entirety, reluctant readers, or those students who shy away from "the classics."  We have these three in the library.  Find them in our graphic novel section.

741.5 HAL
741.5 EVE
741.5 MIL
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Choosing Nonfiction Sections

The next step in our nonfiction gentrification process was deciding on what sections we want for our books.

This was where I found it hard to find research applicable to a secondary library.  Two favorite resources I found were:

Hoover High School Blog- This  is where I found most of my ideas for our sections and sub-sections.

Mighty Little Librarian Blog- Tiffany Whitehead's series of blog posts on gentrification are where I found much of my information on organizing, shelving, and label-making.

Here is the list of sections and subsections we decided upon for our library:

Nonfiction Sections and Subsections
  1. War and Conflict
    1. General
    2. American Revolution
    3. WWI
    4. WWII
    5. Cold War
    6. Modern Wars
  2. History
    1. General
    2. Prehistoric Times
    3. Ancient Civilizations
    4. Ancient Egypt
    5. Ancient Greece
    6. Ancient Rome
    7. Middle Ages
    8. Renaissance
    9. Industrial Revolution
    10. Modern World
    11. Governments
  3. True Crime
    1. Spies
    2. Ninjas! (We had great discussions as to where to put the Ninja books...🤣)
  4. Health
    1. Diseases and Disorders
    2. Addictions
    3. Human Body Systems
  5. Wellness- We initially had this with health, but the section started to get really large and since wellness is a whole-school initiative so we decided to give it its own section.
    1. General Wellness (yoga, stress relief, exercise etc.)
    2. Self Improvement/Self-Help
    3. Inspirational (Chicken Soup like books)
    4. Education
    5. Philosophy
  6. Religion
    1. General
    2. Islam
    3. Christianity
    4. Hinduism/Buddism
  7. Global Issues
    1. Conservation
    2. Alternative Energy
    3. Civil Rights
    4. Poverty
    5. Terrorism
    6. Social/Cultural Issues
    7. Genocide
  8. Narrative (Nonfiction that reads like a story- all genres!)
  9. Cooking and Food
  10. Music
  11. Art & Design
    1. General
    2. Drawing
    3. Crafts
    4. Fashion
    5. Design (home design, flower arranging, etc.)
    6. Photography
  12. Sports
  13. Fun and Games
    1. Video Gaming
    2. Coding
    3. YouTubers
    4. Magic Tricks
    5. Math puzzle books (and other puzzle books)
    6. Fun Facts (fact books and Quick “encyclopedia-like” reads)
    7. Photography
    8. Movies and Theatre
  14. Supernatural
  15. Modern Marvels
    1. Internet and Computers
    2. Technologies
    3. Transportation
    4. Inventions
    5. Buildings and Structures
  16. Business and Math
    1. Finance and Economics
    2. Corporations and Management
    3. Math
  1. Science
    1. General Science
    2. Biomes
    3. Biology
    4. Genetics
    5. Chemistry
    6. Earth Science
    7. Space
    8. Physics
    9. Geology and Dinosaurs
    10. Nature
    11. Natural Disasters
    12. Psychology (the study of Psychology, not self help)
  2. Animals
    1. Pets
    2. General
    3. Ocean Animals
    4. Bugs
    5. Amphibians/Reptiles
    6. Mammals
    7. Birds
    8. Animal Fiction
  3. Poetry
  4. Literature
    1. Writing (hints, tips, guides)
    2. Drama/plays
    3. Language Arts
  5. Myths and Legends (move near Fantasy Fiction)
    1. Myths
    2. Legends
    3. Fairytales
    4. Folklore
  6. Travel and Geography
    1. Travel
    2. Countries of the world
    3. Atlases
  7. Biography
  8. Graphic Novels
  9. College Collection
  10. Bangladesh Collection

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

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I am a bit ashamed to admit that I've never read The Handmaid's Tale before.  My husband read it in high school and enjoyed it because it was "risqué" at the time.  It was never required reading for me and I did not get around to reading it until it was...for my book club!

This is an interesting dystopian novel about the role of women in a new, seemingly ultra-religious society sometime in the future (perhaps soon after present day given that it was written in 1986.). What was once the USA has fallen into various wars and one society that emerges puts women into separate groups.  Some are breeders, as the main character is.  Some are wives, cooks or housekeepers.  All have assigned tasks and all are completely covered.  This is to keep away temptation and try to change society "for the better."  Citizens are often imprisoned or killed for not agreeing with the government.  I couldn't put this book down and especially liked the "Historical Notes" at the end.

I know that the TV series is popular, but I can't download it in Dhaka (legally) so have not yet seen it.  I'm excited to watch it because I'm interested in comparing it to the book.  I've read several news articles about the show "mirrors reality."  I'm not convinced the book does this, so I'm curious if the TV series has been adapted in any way.

Find The Handmaid's Tale in the library at: SCI-FI F ATW or ask us to borrow a copy from the textbook room.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

What to do with the weeded books?

During our secondary library weed, the ES librarian and I decided to weed our professional library as well.  We now had several thousand weeded books.  What to do with all those books?  A few ideas below....

The middle school art class made these amazing creations which are now on display in our library.

We keep all our thicker books in a box in the back room so art students can practice carving as they work towards a final creation.

We hosted a book tea for teachers and staff.  We worried we would be challenged for giving away so many "good" books.  But, teachers were grateful.  Students also took books.  Once Chinese student came by and took every book on China we had weeded.  Some staff members shopped for Christmas for their families.  The book "Too Cool to Get Married" was put in a teachers' mailbox by a fellow staff member and is still circulating around the school as a joke.

Other things we did with our books:
  1. Our high school Service Learning groups took boxes of books for their organizations (orphanages, schools, etc.)
  2. A parent working for an international aid organization took many of our fiction books for libraries she is helping to set up throughout the country.
  3. One of our secretaries has parents who run a school and she took several boxes of books
  4. Last Resort: Once we gave away everything we could, whatever was left went to our general services office.  They sell them in bulk at an auction where they are then resold or recycled.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Asking For It by Louise O'Neill

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Asking For It won the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature and I'd been looking forward to reading it for awhile.

Emma is a beautiful eighteen year old in Ireland.  After a party, Emma's parents discover her on the steps of their house bleeding and disoriented.  Emma can't remember what happened the night before and then pictures of the evening start emerging on social media and a criminal investigation is launched.  This story digs into the effects of rape and public shaming.

Asking For It made me think about these issues from multiple viewpoints.  I found the main character in the story unlikeable, which made me question a lot of things that happened in the story.  It was an interesting read.

A word of warning for those considering reading Asking For It: this is a disturbing book with mature situations/subject matter.

Find Asking For It in our library at: REALISTIC F ONE

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Weeding Books

The first step in the gentrification process was to weed books; a difficult process for a librarian!

I decided to run a report of books that were more than 10 years old and had not checked out in over 2 years.  The results returned 5141 books. 

We didn't weed them all, but we looked at every book on the list and weeded the majority of them.

Did we "judge a book by it's cover?"  Absolutely!  We also looked at if the pages were dusty, moldy, if the pictures and images looked boring or even if the text looked boring or too hard.  I kept a couple old "Readers Digest" photojournalism books and a few classics.   I also kept about half of poetry to avoid decimating the section. However, for the most part, our weeding list was accurate and we could see why the books hadn't checked out and likely never would have.

I tasked my assistants with the weed of our "Bangladesh Collection" because even though the majority of it rarely circulates, I didn't want to throw out any historical relics, popular authors or books that can't be replaced. They were the experts in this area.

Our library collection has now shrunk in size.  We have 12,455 books, down from approximately 17,000 we started the year with.

Mr. Shoyab and "The Ream of Weeding"

Ms. Shuborna pulling old books

Me with one of many wedding carts

Things got a little backed up at times...