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Just Dewey It – Silly Science

On Monday, I conducted a successful program for 3rd-6th graders

It’s the fifth in a series I’m doing called Just Dewey It, where we explore each of the Dewey Ranges and do fun stuff that corresponds.

This month was the 500’s and we did “kitchen science” experiments. You’re probably familiar with most of them, like baking soda and vinegar to make a “volcano” and cornstarch and water to make “quicksand.” We used water from boiling a red cabbage as an indicator to see what is an acid and what is a base. We used a candle to suck water into a jar and used a balloon to light a fluorescent bulb.

14 kids registered and 10 kids came, which is a pretty good number for this sort of program. There were only 2 minor problems: One of the experiments I did almost set off the smoke alarms (oops) and when we were making slime, some of the kids added too much food coloring and their hands turned purple and green. I’m sure it will wash off in four or five days…

I wanted to post pictures, but I don’t have permission forms for all these kids, so I’ll have to work on that for next time.

I’d love to hear about programs other libraries are doing, so we can steal share ideas.

~Renee

Post #1 – Library Thing and Reader’s Advisory

Wow…

Ever since I got home from class, my head has been spinning.

I was settling down with Catcher in the Rye (for school, not for pleasure, believe me!!) when I started thinking about Library 2.0 and reader’s advisory.

I’m not sure of all the specifics yet, because I don’t know the limitations on these particular sites, but for instance:

Let’s say a library staff opened a Library Thing account, or several Library Thing accounts that were all connected in some way. I know you can use tagging in LT, so each book gets tagged for stuff like age group or genre, even AR level, or whatever. Then when we need to do reader’s advisory, we pull up LT and have access to everyone’s recommendations. More savvy patrons can do their own browsing by accessing our LT “library” from our website.

Better yet, why not do this in the catalog? If a librarian had read and wanted to recommend a book, they could add a tag with their name. Then you could search by tags to find books that were recommended.

Turns out, (I did a bit more searching) Library Thing has started offering these sorts of features for libraries. Library Thing for Libraries offers widgets that can be added to an existing catalog to help users find similar titles and add or search by tags. East Brunswick Public Library  is using these widgets and has a good page describing them for their library users. Looking over the buzz page, it seems like lots of people like this idea. My favorite quote calls Library Thing “”the love child of Melvyl Dewey and Web 2.0.”

I may have to do some more investigating before our Library 2.0 paper is due.

At my library, we just started a Roladex for readers advisory. ::yawn::

I’ve used a database for years, but the idea of a living, shared document that wouldn’t necessarily take any more time or expertise than what already exists… ::sigh::

~Renee

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Awww. Wook at the cute wittle bwog!

~Renee

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