Technology as Effective Teaching Tool or Big Brother?

Teacher Knows if You’ve Done the E-Reading NY Times Article

Teacher Knows if You’ve Done the E-Reading

He has ways of knowing
If you read
what he told you to read.
He doesn’t need
to look over your shoulder
or give a quiz.
Where once a debate
or discussion served
as the only revelator,
now the truth
of time applied to text
Is accounted in code.

-WR

Perspective on the Middle East

After my trip to Israel over Spring Break, I’ve been eager to do more reading on the subject of Israel’s history as a state and her relationship with her neighbors.  Luckily, I could turn to our own collection for a gem on the topic by Pulitzer Prize winner, Richard Ben Cramer.

I highly recommend this book for it’s poignancy, humor (where appropriate), and first-hand knowledge of the region and it’s difficulties.  I found the “holy land” to be an intriguing place, and I’m always eager to share pictures/stories about my experience with any curious students and colleagues.  Our travel blog: http://holyrollers2013.tumblr.com

I was lucky enough to spend my time there with a former colleague and friend, Shani Cohen, who has returned to her home country and lives with her husband, Adam in downtown Jerusalem, participating heavily in the musical and artistic life of the city.

Black History Month

Click for a link to BHM events at the NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Our small library boasts some fantastic works authored by or depicting key figures in the Civil Rights Movement and proponents of African American culture.

Many of our books highlight activity nearby in Harlem, NYC, while others trace histories with roots in the South, but regardless of the geographical focus, students and faculty are welcome to check the hold shelf labeled “Black History Month” for some engrossing reading this February.

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Believer Magazine–Like Paris Review, but More Fun!

A famous writer’s name misspelled on his tombstone….the battle for international standard tuning spawning crusades, cultism, and conspiracy theories…a whole bunch of unsettling literary dolls…boxer dogs..sports fans…life’s ideal…and MORE!

This is just a sample from the contents of this month’s issue of Believer Magazine, brought to us from the publication duo: Dave Eggers and Vendela Vida.  Together they hatched the indie pub.house: McSweeney’s and wrote the Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski film, “Away We Go,” and they are also married to each other!

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They also run 826 Valencia in the Mission District of San Fransisco (and all subsequent chains in other cities): an after-school tutoring program that strives to help under-served youth write proficiently and even publish!

Read Well…Write Well?

Recently our library has acquired what I have found to be the most surprising book about writing imaginable: Verlyn Klinkenborg’s “Several Short Sentences about Writing.”

Voracious readers should be able to “naturally” write well…right?  Not according to Mr. Klinkenborg, and I’m more and more inclined to agree with him.  I invite all ambitious writers and readers to come explore this highly unorthodox take on what is usually boring beyond all reason: the writers’ guidebook.  Instead of charts or tricks or mantras, Klinkenborg presents a poetic manifesto on the power and hard work behind a carefully crafted sentence.

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Hello Dear Students, Colleagues, and Parents too!

I hope you will enjoy checking in with this blog from time to time.  I will keep it updated with lists of new books available for check out, as well as links to helpful book reviews, library blogs, and other literary paraphernalia.

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