Are Dewey’s Days Numbered?
As a Dewey geek, I was wounded by the title but found the article so interesting—the concept so compelling, I got in trouble with my boss for swiping her copy of the magazine before she was done reading reviews. Sorry Libby. ;)
I haven’t read all the comments but the first few surprise me. (Well, OK. Not really.) They seem to conflate learning in general with understanding one particular system of media classification. Or perhaps I should say the comments imply the only way to research (explore, learn, etc.) is to use the system on which the commenters were brought up.
I would love to visit a library like the one described here—to feel how it all works. Having spent some time volunteering in an elementary school library, I think the kids I served would love using a collection like this one. (I especially understand the point about Magic School Bus!) And isn’t the ultimate goal of elementary school libraries to encourage and enable kids to explore information and entertainment on their own?
I can’t believe I work at the library and just now realized Lauren Child has illustrated Pippi Longstocking.
(Hangs head in shame but secretly smiles because she loves this so much!)
Some kids hug their stuffed animals. Mine slashes them in mid-air with her samurai sword. These are the fallen.
tumblrbot asked: WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL BETTER WHEN YOU ARE IN A BAD MOOD?
Journey of the Featherless by Cloud Cult
An Open Letter -
Perfect response to Ann Coulter
Our Robot Future -
Imagine police drones patrolling at treetop level down city streets, their cameras scanning crowds for weapons or suspicious activity. “Newsbots” might follow in their wake, streaming live video of the goings-on. Drones belonging to protest groups hover over both, watching the watchers. In nearby zip codes, drones belonging to real estate agents scope out hot properties. Robots deliver pizzas by following the signal from customers’ cell phones. Meanwhile, anti-drone “freedom fighters,” alarmed by the spread of cheap, easy overhead surveillance, take potshots at the robots with rifles and shotguns.
Loot, King’s Hydrofarm (Taken with instagram)
…as soon as she gets off the swing (Taken with instagram)
Strawberries from King’s Hydrofarm—Eva & I picked and now we will eat. (Taken with instagram)
When tea becomes ritual, it takes its place at the heart of our ability to see greatness in small things. Where is beauty to be found? In great things that, like everything else, are doomed to die, or in small things that aspire to nothing, yet know how to set a jewel of infinity in a single moment? — Muriel Barberry (The Elegance of the Hedgehog)
(Source: booklover, via eudaimonia)
“There are lots of would be censors out there, and although they may have different agendas, they all want basically the same thing: for you to see the world they see…or to at least shut up about what you do see that’s different.” Stephen King, On Writing.
Introversion — along with its cousins sensitivity, seriousness, and shyness — is now a second-class personality trait, somewhere between a disappointment and a pathology. Introverts living under the Extrovert Ideal are like women living in a man’s world, discounted because it goes to the core of who they are. Extroversion is an enormously appealing personality trait, but we’ve turned it into an oppressive standard to which most of us feel we must conform. — Susan Cain in Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, one of 7 great books by TED 2012 speakers (via explore-blog)