Tuesday, December 7, 2010

What Librarians Might Be Facing...

So... I was looking at the Comics section of The Seattle Times and what do I see? A cute little baby finding his very first book... what cracked me up was the fact that he wanted to turn it on... so what does that mean?


Is this an indicator of the future of books and reading? Or will books still be around for the sake of being able to physically hold something and turn the pages.

I must say that I find sitting down with a good book to be fun. I really enjoy reading and find pleasure in turning the pages and finding out what happens next.

I have also tried some of the different e-readers available - mainly Adobe Reader (PDFs), Adobe Digital Editions (ePub), and Microsoft Reader (Lit)... these are okay... I end up buying e-books or checking them out from the library website because I want them now and don't want to go driving to the book store or waiting on amazon to deliver them.

I tried audiobooks... but to me they go too slow for me to actually enjoy them... even if they have a great person reading, like Neil Patrick Harris... I can't even make myself listen to audiobooks in the car since I enjoy listening to my music mixes of dance, techno, JPop, JRock, pop, rock, etc...

Overall, I think that books will still be around, even if they end up being offered on different platforms and in different formats. The idea of owning your favorite book and being able to take it with you or reach for it when you need it will not be replaced by digital copies. I mean, I still have my dog-eared copy of Princess Bride which I read for the first time in... 3rd grade? Don't ask me how may times I've read it since...

(Here's where you say - "As you wish...")

You just can't beat snuggling down under a down blankie, with some hot cocoa or tea and some snack, and reading a book... these days, with almost all of us staring at some digital screen all day long, our eyes get tired... and I am sure that coming home and staring at a screen to read a book will only add to your exhaustion.

An Update...

References:

Trap, P. (2010, December 7, 9, 10, 11). Thatababy. The Seattle Times, p. B6, B8, B10, B8.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Hitting the Small Time

This post is in response to an article written by Mindy Hung that was posted on Bitch Magazine's online website: http://bitchmagazine.org/article/hitting-the-small-time

The funny thing about this article is that Alec Greven was someone I saw on the Ellen show… I eventually reviewed his books, How to Talk to Girls, How to Talk to Moms and How to Talk to Dads, for the tween audience on my other blog. I can easily see how the media's attention to these kids has escalated their fame… I mean who can resist, right?

The portion of the article that comments about adults perception of the skills that tweens and children are supposed to have floors me… I mean, really? Why can't the kid be able to cook? Or why can't he/she be able to write a book? The era of "The Kids Say the Darndest Things" is kind of over…and we should know by now to respect the talents of our youth, even if we are surprised by it.

I found it very interesting at the push that boys receive by adults to cultivate their talents. It made me think of how possibly society shelters girls more than boys and how it could all be simply because adults believe that girls couldn’t handle the emotional roller coaster that comes with fame.

The one thing that I didn’t like in the article was the section about how girls were overlooked when it came to choosing students to go into gifted programs. In second grade, I made the local newspaper for my high California Achievement Test (CAT) scores and was put into a different school, which offered advanced classes. From a personal perspective, I don't see that to be true – there were a lot of girls in the classes with me… could it be based on where in the US we are? Up here in Washington State might be different… are rural kids more/less sheltered than suburban ones?

Overall, I think that at this stage in their lives, tweens should be pushed to explore the talents that they have. This is where librarians can help by steering young patrons to the right materials to help them figure out who they are. They shouldn't be held back by some fear that they will get hurt on their journey. Let's face it – LIFE HURTS, suck it up.



References:

Hung, M. (2010). Hitting the small time [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://bitchmagazine.org/article/hitting-the-small-time