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Reader’s Bill of Rights, and Batgirl was a librarian?

Batgirl was a librarian...who knew?
Batgirl was a librarian...who knew?

  Defend your rights as a reader! Whether or not you choose to wear a purple polyester costume and mask is entirely up to you! 

 From: The American Library Association (ALA)

Everyone has the right to read. Here’s The Reader’s Bill of Rights to help you make the most of that right: Readers have:

  1. The right to not read.
  2. The right to skip pages.
  3. The right to not finish.
  4. The right to reread.
  5. The right to read anything.
  6. The right to escapism.
  7. The right to read anywhere.
  8. The right to browse.
  9. The right to read out loud.
  10. The right not to defend your tastes.

—Pennac, Daniel, Better Than Life, Coach House Press, 1996.

I love them all, but am especially fond of #10 – the right NOT to defend your tastes…think about it – you read for your OWN LIFE, not someone else’s!

Still looking for something to read? Check out: http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/teenreading/trw/trw2007/booklists07.cfm

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Blackbird singing in the dead of night…

 

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Now you’re going to think I’m obsessed with crows. I’m not. (At least I don’t think I am. In any case, that’s between me and my “doctor.”) My husband sent me this link to this story, including video, from Wired magazine. Again, these birds are demonstrating intelligence and creative thinking. Check out this story and links, and let me know your thoughts: http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/08/aesopscrows/

Questions: Who was this fellow Aesop they refer to in the article? What did he do that he is now famous for? Do you know of stories from your own culture that are like Aesop’s? Could you write a modern-day fable? What would be the moral or lesson?

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Falling Down a Rabbit Hole Near You…

“The time has come,” the Walrus said,
“To talk of many things:
Of shoes–and ships–and sealing-wax–
Of cabbages–and kings–
And why the sea is boiling hot–
And whether pigs have wings.”

Let’s talk about some other things.

I read Alice in Wonderland when I was an adult, long after seeing the Disney animated version (though it was first released in 1951, I saw it years later). I don’t know that much about Lewis Caroll, admittedly, but I do know Alice  works as a dream, as a fantasy, a stream of consciousness. It’s crazy as a Mad Hatter, and as mysteriousas a hookah-smoking caterpillar.

Before the new movie comes out, I highly recommend you read Carroll’s version of Alice, and some of his other writing. Judge for yourself whether or not a dream-like, nutty as a fruitcake story still holds up after all this time, and under Tim Burton’s masterful visionary film making (well, my opinion anyway).

Really, now you ask me,’ said Alice, very much confused, `I don’t think–‘

`Then you shouldn’t talk,’ said the Hatter.

http://www.literature.org/authors/carroll-lewis/alices-adventures-in-wonderland/

http://www.jabberwocky.com/carroll/walrus.html

http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/alice/

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Graphic Novels, Manga, and the New York Times

Sandman

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/17/graphic-books-best-seller-list-july-11/

If you’re looking for some graphic novel/manga recommendations, check out this link from the New York Times newspaper. I am starting the Sandman series by Neil Gaiman, and the Batman graphic novel looks interesting, too.

 

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P’an Ku and the Big Bang Theory

 

Currently we are doing a mini unit on the elements of civilization, origin myths, and genre studies, all combined in one sweet and sour salad. Alliteration aside, while reading the origin myth involving Chaos, Pan Ku and the Taoist Chinese origin myth in a children’s book (will provide reference later), I discovered an interesting connection: the egg that Chaos is trapped in, struggles, and bursts forth is parallel to the scientific “big bang” theory that explains the beginning of the universe, its expansion, and its age. What I found so significant was the fact that an origin myth so closely aligned with scientific fact.

Well, I guess I’m not the only one who’s made this connection:

http://www.stkate.edu/physics/PHYS104SS/Block4/bigbang.jpg

 

For more information, follow these links:

http://www.big-bang-theory.com/

“pan ku.” Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 15 Nov. 2008. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/pan ku>.

 

http://www.squidoo.com/nukuagoddess

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