Thursday, January 18, 2018

Book Reviews: Falling for Her Brother's Best Friend and A Baby for Easter

Falling for Her Brother's Best Friend (Tea for Two, #1)Falling for Her Brother's Best Friend by Noelle  Adams

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It is a crazy round about love affair between Emma and Noah. So, they are friends and their siblings are best friends. What's really stopping them from hooking up and, apparently finding love in the process? Sex complicates things? But, life, even without the sex is already complicated.

Not the best Noelle Adams book for me but it has the fun and the laughs. There is witty dialogue and a loving grandma. I love the simple life in a small town and this make up for the pointless run-chase-run drama of Emma and Noah.

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A Baby for Easter (Willow Park, #2)A Baby for Easter by Noelle  Adams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Alice is back in her hometown of Willow Park after a series of failures. She had lost her job and her fiance broke off their engagement. She lives with her parents and couldn't find a stable job to keep her finances and her life back to normal. She gets by working as a part time librarian for the local pastor and her prospects are slim.

Micah is the pastor's brother whom she nurtures a special attraction to after all these years. However, she has agreed to follow the 5 Nevers in Dating and Relationships (a five point guide to prevent her heart from being broken again). But this self imposed strategy to distance herself from Micah never really worked out especially when a baby came into Micah's life from a past relationship and he needed a nanny.

Who else to trust but the Pastor's new librarian and secretary? What follows is a romantic adventure on taking risks, going back to things lost and remembering that the human heart is big enough to forgive and to love again. I liked it. It gave me that warm, cozy feeling of falling in love for the second time around is indeed sweeter.

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Book Review: Thunderhead (Arc of Scythe Book 2)

Thunderhead (Arc of a Scythe #2)Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was hard to put down. I am slowly rereading each chapter to carefully track the changes in the plot and connect gaps that were left open in book 1. There was still no clear explanation on Scythe Faraday faking his death but, from his travels and trajectory in book 2, he sure will play a big role in book three.

In this second book of the series, Shusterman lets us in into the mindscape and emotions of the Thunderhead. Considering that the Thunderhead is a computer program, an Artificial Intelligence, it remains a product of humanity. It is an amalgamation of man's greatest dreams and worst achievements. Therefore, it knows the human heart so well and given its all seeing eye, cameras and bots all around, it can meddle with their affairs. Then again, it does not entirely do so.

As the utopian world where the Thunderhead exist as god unravels, it makes use of people it can trust and who, based on a mathematical computation and algorithm, can save the world from destruction. From what we learn in history, the downfall of one world takes time. Empires are not built in a day and so its. Book three will be a difficult read and I will be at the edge of my seat hoping for the heroes to rise and save the day.

Thunderhead retains everything I love in book 1: the irreverence, the humor, the murders that are cushioned with moral explanations and philosophical ruminations and the love story. The ending tore me apart and the only consolation I had at the closing chapter was the idea of how romantic it is to die for and with the one you love.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Book Reviews: Love for Christmas and Arm Candy

Love for Christmas: A Billionaires and SEALs Romance Novels Boxed SetLove for Christmas: A Billionaires and SEALs Romance Novels Boxed Set by Julia Kent

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Pretty much what I expected. A light, good read during the holidays to destress one’s mind from all the busyness of the season. Cora Seton remains my favorite for keeping the community spirit intact at Crescent Hall.

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Arm Candy (Hot City Nights #3)Arm Candy by Patricia Ryan

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I neither like it nor hate it. I just didn’t find Nora and David worth rooting for. Perhaps I have had enough of the billionaire-experienced guy meets ingenue romance troupe?

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Makerspace and The DLSU-STC School Library

One of the features that the DLSU-STC School Library have that struck me when I visited last December 2017 was their Makerspace. Have a look at these photos and the physical set up that the librarians prepared for their young readers and makers.

A Makerspace is a collaborative learning space where creative thinking and a maker attitude are the emphasis and not the tools. Though, tools and technology are needed to keep the creative juices flowing and the maker attitude up and going. Planning and setting up a Makerspace in your school library would attract more learners who may not always find joy in reading books. Makerspaces promote other forms of thinking and learning. This project may be a door way to opportunities that will help learners grow and the library's resources are used by them.

 Here is a link on Makerspace: Basic 101. I have set up a Makerspace in our library. I blogged about it, Makerspace in the School Library. 

A few months after, a reader of my blog picked it up! We had a chat over at Messenger and I documented that as well. Here are the links: Makerspace Convo 1   Makerspace Convo 2  Makerspace Convo 3.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Makerspace and the DLSU-STC School Library (1 of 2)

Here are photos of the DLSU-STC Library. These selected photos show how the library staff was able to manage the space to allow learners of all kinds, sizes and types to use its facilities, services and programs.

Computer terminals for the OPAC and the circulation counter very near it. Human engagement remains an important factor in the delivery of readers and reference services.

The reading area where one can sit and relax to his or her heart's desire while reading a book. Behind it are tows and rows of book shelves that make up the library's printed book holdings. 

A space for viewing, workshops, big group activities and storytelling. This area also holds the Fiction Book Collection.  

This area is a more quiet space for researchers who need silence when writing. The room at the back is a meeting room, viewing room and discussion room. Notice the glass walls that suggest transparency and openness. 

Internet terminals where students have access to the library's databases and online subscriptions.

The librarian's work area and office is beside two small meeting rooms and a room that has the Teacher's Resources. This suggests the role of the school librarian as instructional partner of teachers. The meeting rooms allow for staff meetings and individual consultation with the librarian.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

In Retrospect: #milclicks Posts of 2017

Curating and collecting all #milclicks post I made in 2017.

#milckicks: Where it all began  The round table discussion on Media and Information Literacy (MIL) last March 2017 prompted me to review and to look forward on plans for a MIL campaign through my blog. I wanted to blog every week on a #milclicks topic but only got to do seven in a period of one year.

I will be more realistic this year. From weekly posts, I will go for monthly #milclicks posts.

Pathfinder: MIL Sites and Helpful Links Basic readings on MIL. For starters, I recommend these links and websites.

Cultural Pluralism, Libraries and MIL One of the many terminologies that struck me in the MIL MOOC I attended last year.

#milclicks: Think Before You Click Use the library bulletin board for awareness campaign and information services on MIL.

Media Literacy and Media Education Media Literacy and Media Education are kins of Information Literacy. Know more about each of these concepts and identify library practices being implemented in school libraries in your area. Begin in your learning community. Assessment and appraisal is a good start to understand these concepts.

Unit 1 of the UNESCO MIL MOOC Sigh. Another unfinished business. Let's see if I can get back to complete this MOOC.

Digital Citizenship Where I left off last year on my #milclicks blog campaign.

#milclick Activity: Jinkee Paquiao and the Belo Ad A MIL activity I used for my session on social media during the 1st National Conference on Technology in Education.

I have more library lessons and Information Literacy activities posted in the blog. I did not include them here as I will put them in one post on Teacher and School Librarian collaboration. Watch out for more In Retrospect posts!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Book Reviews: High School Hacks and The Storyteller's Three Daughters

High School Hacks: A student's guide to success in the IB and beyondHigh School Hacks: A student's guide to success in the IB and beyond by Brianna Smrke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Insightful and impressive. Helpful to IB students who wish to succeed in their IB courses, as well as in life, in general. Teachers need to read the book with an open mind and with a humble heart. We all learn from each other in the IB, regardless of the results of the external exams.

Every IB school library must have this book!

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Not as exciting nor compelling as Tales of the Otori, but an interesting read nonetheless. Japan in the 1800s is on the verge of change. It affects everyone and everything in varying degrees and these are all narrated through the eyes of the storyteller. He observes and explores the lives of the people around him through Japanese culture and art.

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