I’ve got a backlog of Book of the Week videos to vlog about, and Salt to the Sea was not my scheduled book for today…but once I finished it, I knew I needed to talk about it ASAP, so here we are.
We experienced a power outage at school this week, thanks to some strong weather in the area. With wifi down, we librarians had no choice but to find a spot of sunlight and do what we do best – read. By the end of the day, I was over halfway through Salt to the Sea and fully hooked. I had to leave at a VERY suspenseful part of the plot, and I’m not exaggerating when I tell you that I thought about this book until I could get back to it the next day. I think you’ll be just as hooked if you pick this one up to read.
It felt good to record another video! I’ve been seeing the 25 Bookish Facts About Me videos going around, and I think I’ll probably record my own soon. I’ve really enjoyed the ones I’ve watched, and the “quiz” format reminds me of the AIM profile I spent so much time curating when I was in middle school. If you’ve written or vlogged your own 25 facts, leave me a link!
I was heartbroken to hear about Harper Lee’s passing last week. To Kill a Mockingbird is my all-time favorite book, and I think the wisdom left to us by Harper during her time here is a beautiful legacy. In her honor, I added a new quote to my office windows.
That’s all for this week. The plan is to be back next week with another video. If you’re interested in seeing what I’ve been reading, you can always check out my Goodreads page. As always, thanks for reading!
It’s been a while! Since I last posted, here’s what’s been going on:
I found out I’m pregnant! I’m due with a little boy in mid-June (perfect school timing, right?). I actually found out a couple of weeks before I went to Ohio for AASL – which should explain why I slept through all of the evening social activities and ordered the same meal for dinner three nights in a row. If you missed my AASL recap video, you can watch that here.
Winter break happened. Those two glorious weeks were full of family, food, and no work. Just the way it should be.
I came down with what can only be described as THE PLAGUE. It was horrible, it lasted forever, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. I’m better now.
I ordered a bunch of the books from the 2015 Nerdies (thanks, Nerdy Book Club!) for our library. This blog is a great resource if you’re looking for a little inspiration in building your collection! I’m really looking forward to reading the books he lists in this post: Ten 2016 Books That I Think Are Pretty Great
Finally, at long last, I started filming Book of the Week again! You can check out the two most recent videos below:
I’m excited to be back in the swing of writing and recording for the new year. I’m hoping to continue to develop this blog into both a personal project and a professional sounding board – and I’m always open to suggestions!
In the moments after I finished Young Man With Camera by Emil Sher, I was pretty sure I didn’t like it. No justice? No moment of vindication? No settling of the score? What?! Incomplete, and therefore not satisfying.
After some reflection, though, I came around. Yes, the story ends on a dissonant chord, and I would have preferred that things line up harmoniously. But that’s not always life, is it? And while I did feel that the stakes in this book were a little (ok, astronomically) high compared to the typical middle-school social scene, I can appreciate that sometimes, the ending isn’t happy — or even really an ending at all.
I’m still adding people to my #AASL15 twitter list, so if you’re attending, be sure to drop me a line at @corleymay and I’ll make sure you’re included. I’m so exciting about meeting and learning from so many new people!
A few weeks ago, my camera (among other random things) was stolen from my car. I know! Such a bummer! So I apologize for the lag between BOTW videos, but I’ve got a new camera now and I’m back in the game. Woo!
In just a few short weeks, I’ll be en route to my very first ever Librarian conference – the American Association of School Librarians conference, to be exact. I’m so excited to dive in and meet new friends as I learn about my new job from the varied and valuable viewpoints of experts in the field. Two sessions I’m really looking forward to are the talk on Inspiring Heroes for Our World from the Harry Potter Alliance and the session on Community Literacy Outreach from the inspirational group at Books on Bikes. I’ve also heard rumors that there might be karaoke involved somewhere? Always a bonus. Always.
In my total nerded-out enthusiasm, I’ve created an #AASL2015 twitter list where I’m following the people I’ve seen tweet about attending the conference. If you’re attending and want to follow the list, you can find it here. And if you’re attending and want to be added, send me a tweet (@corleymay) and we’ll make it happen!
Have a great week, and keep an eye out for any spooky, cloaked baddies skulking in basements and around corners.
• Like so many others, I was heartbroken and outraged to see the photos of the little boy who drowned trying to emigrate from Syria with his family. I also felt entirely helpless, until I saw Rainbow Rowell tweet this:
This is a small but tangible way to help refugees. Americans, take note that the donation amounts are in pounds. https://t.co/fRGA4vC6gS
Fellow authors John Green, Derek Landy and Jojo Moyes joined him, also pledging to match donations to the tune of £10,000 each.”
More authors have signed on to match donations as the day has gone on. I’m thankful to and inspired by these authors who are reflecting the light from their own spotlights onto this situation which so desperately deserves our attention. And I’m thankful to Rainbow Rowell for using the words “small” and “tangible,” which is exactly what I was searching for as I tried to think of ways that I could help.
• I really enjoyed this post about the dark side of nursery rhymes. It would be an interesting (and yes, admittedly bleak) project to have students right modern day rhymes for the tragedies, diseases, and injustices of this century.
I’m Glad No One Tweeted My #PlaneBreakup Experience The world laughed along as Kelly Keegan tweeted out a couple’s disastrous uncoupling at 39,000 feet, but what does it say about us that we get so much joy from the public humiliation (and often public shaming) of others. I really appreciated this reminder from Bethany Mandel to grant one another a little kindness when we happen to witness someone having a terrible day.
“With a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,” announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and brotherhood.
Josh and Jordan must come to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax proves a game-changer for the entire family.
A few other things I found interesting this week:
Theft, Lies, and Facebook Video
Hank Green (of vlogbrothers fame) makes some very important points about Facebook as a video platform. It’s an important reminder to think about who created all of those videos that are autoplaying as you scroll through your feed – often, the person gaining likes and shares is NOT the person who worked hard to create the content. As the PDS Digital Compass reminds us, it’s important to Credit Others. (You can read more about our Digital Citizenship initiative on the One2World blog.)