Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Reading Conferences


I saw this on Facebook and I thought it was so great. It is a quick and easy break down of what Reading Conferences are and how to do them in your classroom.

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Beautiful story.





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Friday, May 19, 2017

Good reads and great flicks


I've been a busy bee! I wanted to share some recommendations of stuff I have come across lately.

First, probably the most popular. Guardians of the Galaxy 2. We went opening weekend because my work sent employees for staff appreciation (thanks!). We watched it at the Harkins theatre in Bricktown, 


(photo from VisitOKC )

I saw the first one and loved it. This one had so many more emotions or "feels". There was the romantic tension of two main characters. There was the exploration of a complex father and son relationship. The movie also explored a strained relationship between sisters and forgiveness. There is good vs. evil and making a choice of which side to be on. And there were many other life lessons learned.


(from Screen Rant)

Of course, the effects were spot-on. The music was good (I liked the music in the first movie better). Most of it is popular tunes from the 60s and 70s.

I really surprised by some of the people who popped up in the movie like Sylvester Stallone.
If I were rating this with stars, I would say 5 out of 5 because I thought the ending was pretty powerful.

Speaking of feelings...All of Me: Llevate Mis Amores is a wonderful, stirring documentary. 
(photo from Google)

I wasn't really sure about this one. As a Hispanic American with Spanish, Mexican and Native American ancestry, sometimes watching these documentaries hits too close to my heart. I spent one year when I was about 4 living in Mexico. I think my parents thought it would be a good experience, and it was. There is so much I miss about it. I don't think I noticed the poverty (like we would take baths in metal buckets) because all I remember is the beautiful scenery and animals.

This documentary is uplifting because it is about poor women who do what they can to help others. They take their own food and water and risk their lives, even, to hand it out to "brothers" (as they refer to them) passing through on the Death Train. The immigrants are trying to make it to America or even just into Mexico from Honduras and Guatemala. Politics aside, this story is good because it is about humanity. It is beautiful.


(From New on Netflix)

Searching for Augusta: The Forgotten Angel of Bastogne is available on Netflix. It is an intriguing tale about a brave black World War II nurse in Belgium. I really took to heart the courageous acts of her and the other medical personnel that were volunteering their duties with just a box of band-aids to give aid to the servicemen. I recommend it if you like historical documentaries or stories about real people. It has a wonderful ending and will fill you with hope.



(From Wikipedia)


Contagion was another library dvd find for me. Even though it came out in 2011, I had never heard of it. I like thrillers and suspense. What can be more suspenseful than a deadly virus that spreads fast? It stars Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard, and *unfortunately* Gwyneth Paltrow. I really felt the 1995 movie Outbreak was way better. If you are looking for suspense, rent that one.



Book Nerd time!

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery has been a favorite of mine since childhood. I was inspired to read it as a kiddo after I saw the 1974 movie on television one afternoon. I probably own three copies and I had given one I ordered from Amazon to someone near and dear to my heart. (Only to find out later they threw it away. Ah, regrets). 



So I saw this comic book-like version of it by French artist Joann Sfar. It was a quick read, but pretty true to the novel. I enjoyed the bright sketches and I thought the representations of the characters were spot-on. It is a touching story and this form would be great for tweens to read.



This was real nerdy read for me since I work in a library. The Neal-Schuman Library Technology Companion by John Burke is a good guide for anyone who works in a library. It covers library technology, technological tools, and how libraries can use technology to reach out to the community. It even teaches you about spam, spyware, and how to make technology comfortable for beginners. It was about 200 pages, but a very short read. 

(From Amazon)

Weird Illinois by Troy Taylor. I have read the Weird Oklahoma book (I am guessing there must be one for all the states). One thing that sets the book apart from the Oklahoma one is that for each section they include the experience of actual people who saw a ghost, visited the location, grew up there, etc. So it was nice to see it from a real-life experience. I so wish the Oklahoma book had included these, but oh, well. 

Mooma America's Only Hippie Memorial
(Photo from Silly America)

I have never been to Illinois, so I had no idea there were cool places like America's Only Hippie Memorial with its funky artwork. There is so much more to this book like: hieroglyphics found in Burrow's Cave, the legend of The Gate, the Mad Gasser of Mattoon, the roadside oddities of Route 66, and the Albino Squirrels of Oiney. But you will have to check it out for yourself!

This is one I just started reading, so I will have to share my thoughts on it at another time, but it grabbed my attention.


Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (The Graphic Novel)




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