Tuesday, February 28, 2012

When Librarians Love (2 of 2)

I have said before in many workshops and seminars how my mother, herself a librarian, instilled in me a love for books and reading. She modeled the reading habit and built an environment that was print rich. I am doing the same for my two kids aged 14 and 11 years old.

Nico, the eldest, moved towards music but has nonetheless maintained a reading culture about him. Laid back and creative, he has shown strategies in understanding the world around him and efforts at comprehending difficult tasks in school. I still bring home books I think would interest him. It has been a hit and miss situation. His favorites are graphic novels - Budjette Tan's Trese, Arnold Arre's Mythology Class, The Amulet Series and The Best of Chico and Delamar's The Morning Rush: Top Ten.

One time when in the bookstore, he wandered to the graphic novels section. Turned off by the price, he went to the music section and picked song books of his choice. I let him be. Then again, I worry (the typical mom) when he needs to do tedious and longer reading tasks for academic work, he might not have the stamina to stay on track and follow through when necessary.

Zoe, on the other hand, has started reading chapter books by Beverly Cleary and Roald Dahl. She attempted to read Gaiman and, viola! She finished Coraline in three weeks time. She's the one who writes a lot too. And draws pictures if words are hard to come by. Above is her floor plan for a school library.

Below is the annex of the school library she designed. There was this one time when she told me she wants to be a librarian when she grows up. I would like to think that I am too strong an influence on her choice. I want her to grow up as her own person.

For the meantime, I will continue to bridge them to books that they think and feel confident in reading. Like the typical school librarian, I will guide them in their reading choices and habits.

When Librarians Love (1 of 2)

February is winding down so, here's a last hurrah for the love month: some "love notes" from colleagues and friends in the profession.

Hi! Ms. Zarah! I'm Ms. Gay Reyes of PAREF Woodrose.

I just join your blog site hoping that I catch-up with the latest news, going-ons and ins in our world as librarian. I remembered the event sponsored by Scholastic & you were the speaker then. I learned so much from your topic & gained enthusiasm as well. I hope we can be friends because I believe you can help me sustain my passion to be of service, and gain so much ideas from you. I'll be so grateful to attend more of your conferences in the future.

See you!

From Mennie Ruth Viray of Collegio San Agustin, Makati

Hi Ms. Zarah!!:) Good Day!:)

It was nice to see you last Friday, it sure was a powerhouse especially with you and Ms. Candy as speakers. Darrel, Grace and I were wondering, what if Prof Portia was also there? nako...:) Just want to thank you for posting the Power Point presentation on your blog!:)

Thanks Gay Reyes and Mennie Ruth Viray! Your emails give me encouragement!

Monday, February 27, 2012

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Ah. The healing power of books and reading!

Best Animated Short Film of the 84th Academy Awards!

Book Reviews of 2011

Here's a recall of the book reviews I posted in SLIA. Not bad. I should do more reviews in 2012.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

KISS Book Reviews: an assortment of book reviews from The Icemark Chronicles, The Cellist of Sarajevo, Odd and the Frost Giants, and The Wolves of Mercy Falls Trilogy


And a slew of graphic novels review --


Brain Camp and Smile


Zeus: King of the Gods

My take on non-fiction quick reviews --

Study Skills for Teens

Sunday, February 26, 2012

21st Century School Library Collection Development

For a better view of the PowerPoint presentation, click Full View.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

When an author visits

Candy Gourlay did an amazing session with students at Pantay Bata Elementary School in Tanauan, Batangas! Her sense of wonder was awe inspiring. She opened doors of possibilities to students through a talk about her inspirations in writing Tall Story. Teachers were touched and moved when she told them her stories and experiences as journalist, writer, mom, woman and migrant Filipino. I was a witness to storytelling magic!

Thank you Candy! Continue sharing your gifts to Filipino children!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Call for Nominations for PRC Outstanding Professional of the Year

Every year, the Professional Regulation Commission has a week-long celebration
in June, and one of the highlights of the celebration is giving recognition to
outstanding professionals in all fields. PLAI, as the accredited professional
organization (APO) is tasked to nominate the outstanding professional in the
field of Library Science. PLAI constituted the PLAI Committee on Awards and
Recognition composed of previous PRC awardees namely: Fe Abelardo, Candida
Agcoili, Lourdes David, Fe Angela Verzosa, and Milagros Santos-Ong. It is in
this regard that we would like to request for your nomination to this
prestigious award.

The nominee must be a registered librarian who has
• "demonstrated exceptional professional competence and integrity in the
practice of one's profession
• Contributed significantly to the advancement of the profession and
• Has effectively discharged the profession's social responsibility through
meaningful participation in socio-civic related activities."

Nominations must include the following attachments in the Nomination form:
• Passport size ID picture, preferably colored with white background
• Xerox copy of unexpired PRC licence/Identification card
• Biodata/profile
• NBI Clearance
• Ombudsman clearance for those in government

The PLAI Committee on Awards and Recognition is now accepting nominations from
any individual (licensed librarian) or recognized professional group
(association). Deadline for nomination is on or before February 22. Due to time
constraints, the Committee will accept nominations even without the NBI and
Ombudsman clearances. However, these two requirements must be present before
February 28,2012, the deadline set by PRC.

The Nomination should be accompanied by nominee's profile (resume) indicating
the following 4 areas as criteria for justification:
1. Professional Competence - includes Academic background, Work experience,
Trainings/CPE, and Technical skills
2. Active participation in professional activities - includes leadership
activities, projects and accomplishments undertaken, conferences/seminars
attended (local and international)
3. Significant contribution to the advancement of the profession - includes
publications/papers presented, researches/studies made, and awards/recognition
4. Significant contribution to the effective discharge of the profession's
social responsibility through meaningful contribution/participation in
socio-related activities - includes involvement in civic organizations,
community and public citations

Please send your nomination to any member of the Committee:
Milagros Santos-Ong, Chair, mso1951@yahoo.com
Fe Angela Verzosa, famverzosa@yahoo.com, famverzosa@gmail.com
Lourdes T. David, lourdesdav@gmail.com, lourdestenmatay@yahoo.com.ph
Fe Abelardo, feabelardo@yahoo.com, feabelardo81@gmail.com
Candida Agcaoili, candidaagcaoili@yahoo.com, candida_agcaoili@yahoo.com

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Worksheets on Bibliotherapy

Worksheets I used during the Bibliotherapy workshop at the 47th ACELT.

Pied Beauty by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Translation by Fr. Bert Alejo SJ (Batik-batik na Kariktan)

Reader response worksheet on Pied Beauty

Reader response worksheet on The Giving Tree (Shel Silverstein)

For full views of the documents --

The Giving Tree

Pied Beauty

Pied Beauty / Batik-batik na Kariktan

Monday, February 13, 2012

Challenge of the Year: Break the Stereotype (2 of 2)

Two posts from librarian friends made it to the blog last month in response to the Challenge of the Year: Break the Stereotype. Peachy Limpin and Ann Rosette Crelencia shared a piece of their mind on the topic. After two weeks of blogging hiatus, I resume by answering the questions I myself designed.

a. How do I feel about librarian stereotyping?

I feel challenged. This motivates me to continue giving my best as a school librarian.

b. Does this exist in my work place? If yes, in what forms? If no, why?
No. Lucky me, right? But I am saddened to hear and learn of its existence in many schools.

c. Why do librarian stereotypes exist?
My theory is, the advocacy on the relevance and importance of profession is pretty low.

d. How can librarians break stereotypes?
Librarians can break stereotypes by continuously learning and growing professionally. And this does not simply mean attending seminars and workshops.
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