Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ July 22

“Books were only one type of receptacle where we stored a lot of things we were afraid we might forget. There is nothing magical in them, at all. The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.” ~Ray Bradbury, in the foreword to Fahrenheit 451

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from the Library of Congress Database

 

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Have a Thumbtastic Day – Book Review

Such a powerful story by Steven T. Moore with engaging illustrations by Morgan Davis. Theodore Thumbs is a story about a shy young boy who must face teasing and bullies and some embarrassing occurrences when he goes to school. Each morning Theo wakes up determined to have a good day. Unfortunately, awful days occur. Unlike the much-loved book, “Alexander and the No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day,” the events of each day result in internal hurt for Theodore. This poignant story and illustrations portray the power and result of hurtful words and bullying. Theodore Thumbs shows adults and kids how to overcome bullying in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities. This bedtime story of kindness guides us to learn to live with our thumbs held high into the sky and with a smile of great cheer like Theo. I like the theme of having “Thumbtastic days” and it is a great tie-in for students to look for evidences of Thumbtastic days in everyday life.

Theodore Thumbs is written by my friend and colleague Steven T. Moore and was published in 2016.

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**Content Added July 14, 2017***

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such a powerful story by Steven T. Moore with engaging illustrations by Morgan Davis. Theodore Thumbs is a story about a shy young boy who must face teasing and bullies and some embarrassing occurrences when he goes to school. Each morning Theo wakes up determined to have a good day. Unfortunately, awful days occur. Unlike the much-loved book, “Alexander and the No Good, Horrible, Very Bad Day,” the events of each day result in internal hurt for Theodore. This poignant story and illustrations portray the power and result of hurtful words and bullying. Theodore Thumbs shows adults and kids how to overcome bullying in our schools, neighborhoods, and communities. This bedtime story of kindness guides us to learn to live with our thumbs held high into the sky and with a smile of great cheer like Theo. I like the theme of having “Thumbtastic days” and it is a great tie-in for students to look for evidences of Thumbtastic days in everyday life.

Theodore Thumbs is written by my friend and colleague Steven T. Moore and was published in 2016.

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Summer To-Do List ~ Join a Virtual Book Club

Summer To-Do List: Join a Virtual Book Club and/or Join the Summer Reading Clubs @ Your Library!

It’s officially summer and libraries across the country have summer reading clubs, groups, ‘fests, and promotions. Want to save a tree this summer? Go online and join a reading group. Goodreads has many, many, many engaging and welcoming reading clubs. I’ve blogged previously about the one I’m in and it is the best one!!

Do you prefer to kick it old school? Reading clubs are usually divided by age: (up to Grade 5), the Teen Reading Club (Grades 6-12), and the Adult Reading Club (Ages 18+) and by genre. There’s something for everyone this summer, and often you’ll have the chance to earn prizes for continuing to read during the summer break.

 

Don’t pass up on all of the great activities because, whatever you do, don’t be caught not being a part of our club!

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ July 8

“There is a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in something, you do it only when it’s convenient. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.” ~ Ken Blanchard, author of The One Minute Manager and many other books.

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ June 23

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She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.
~Annie Dillard

 

 

 

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Primary Resources in Ireland

The Book of Kells (Trinity College Dublin MS 58) is celebrated for its lavish decoration. The manuscript from around the year 806 contains the four Gospels in Latin based on a Vulgate text, written on vellum (which is treated calfskin).

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Here is the Trinity College version of our Library of Congress: http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/index.php?DRIS_ID=MS58_003v

Here is a short, 1-minute video on the Book of Kells: https://youtu.be/Ev_6NduOeYg

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U.S. Book Sales Up!

U.S. Book Business Generated Over $27 Billion in Net Revenue Last Year
The U.S. book and journal publishing industry created $27.98 billion in net revenue in 2014, according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP)?€?s annual StatShot. Revenues were up 4.6 percent as compared to 2013, in which annual revenues were $26.75 billion. (GalleyCat)

Total units increased 3.7 percent, hitting 2.70 billion; units in the trade category rose 4.1 percent, to 2.42 billion. The AAP includes religion publishing in the trade category, along with adult and children?€?s sales. The estimate for the entire industry is based on actual sales supplied by about 1,800 U.S. publishers for both 2013 and 2014, which the AAP then augments by using a variety of sources to estimate sales for publishers that do not report data. (Publishers Weekly)

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Book Sales of All Types Down

Book Sales Down 7.5 Percent in First 2 Months of the Year: Book sales were down 7.5 percent for the year as of February 2015 reaching $1.71 billion as compared to $1.85 billion for the same two-month period in 2014, according to new metrics shared by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). (Source: GalleyCat)Within adult trade, sales of hardcovers fell 23.6 percent, mass market paperback sales dropped 31.2 percent, and e-book sales declined 8.7 percent. Sales of trade paperbacks rose 12.8 percent, and sales of audio rose in both physical and downloadable formats. In the children/young adult segment, sales fell by double-digits in all formats with the biggest decline coming in e-book sales which dropped 46.5 percent. Hardcover sales fell 32.4 percent, while sales of paperbacks and board books fell 26.9 percent and 12.2 percent, respectively. (Publishers Weekly)

Go buy a book today.

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“A Book That Shaped Me” Library of Congress Essay Contest

“A Book That Shaped Me” Essay Contest: The Library of Congress today launched its annual summer essay contest.

The “A Book That Shaped Me” Summer Writing Contest is administered as part of summer reading programs at participating public libraries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Prizes will be awarded and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 5 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The festival (www.loc.gov/bookfest) will mark its 15th anniversary since its establishment in 2001. The theme of this year’s festival is “I cannot live without books,” a famous statement by Thomas Jefferson.

Students entering 5th and 6th grades in the fall of 2015 are eligible. Essays, focused on a single book, should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form, in person, at participating public library locations. The deadline for entries is Friday, July 10, 2015.

More information available at this link: http://www.loc.gov/today/pr/2015/15-080.html

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A Singapore Reading Party

A fun thing to do when traveling is to take along a book set in the destination city or country. If the trip is of a long duration, family and close friends might also read the same or similar book. The book becomes a connecting object, something you can discuss with kids over nightly Skype sessions or phone calls. Goodreads is the first place I click to for book ideas, user recommendations and book reviews. Once, the book club I belonged to read a book set in Revolutionary War Camden, South Carolina while I worked there onsite. I could visit places in Camden reflected in the book and take pictures to upload during our regular meeting times. It helped to not feel so far away for me and helped provide a richer texture for my reading club. Consider also, an Audible download since lots of business road trips are easier with a book to listen while driving.

With that in mind, here is my reading list for an upcoming trip to Singapore.*

The Singapore Wink, by Ross Thomas, winner of the inaugural Gumshoe Lifetime Achievement Award. Ross Thomas (1926–1995) was a prolific author whose political thrillers drew praise for their blend of wit and suspense. Born in Oklahoma City, Thomas grew up during the Great Depression, and served in the Philippines during World War II. In The Singapore Wink (available as a free download for Kindle unlimited subscribers), Edward Cauthorne is part owner of a business that rehabilitates and sells vintage cars. He used to be a Hollywood stuntman with an enviable reputation but he lost his nerve and quit working. One day, not much different than any other, Cauthorne is approached in his downtown Los Angeles office by a couple of oldtime hoods who inform him that a highly placed consigliere in Washington, D.C. has an important assignment for him. An assignment that will require his traveling to Singapore, the very place Cauthorne and his nerve parted company.

 

The Moonlight Palace by Liz Rosenberg, a professor of English and creative writing at Binghamton University, in upstate New York and prolific author of more than 30 books. In The Moonlight Palace, Agnes Hussein, descendant of the last sultan of Singapore and the last surviving member of her immediate family, has grown up among her eccentric relatives in the crumbling Kampong Glam palace, a once-opulent relic given to her family in exchange for handing over Singapore to the British. Now Agnes is seventeen and her family has fallen into genteel poverty, surviving on her grandfather’s pension and the meager income they receive from a varied cast of boarders. As outside forces conspire to steal the palace out from under them, Agnes struggles to save her family and finds bravery and loyalty in the most unexpected places.

 

If non-fiction is preferred, then the life of Lee Kuan Yew makes for fascinating reading. Lee Kuan Yew: Hard Truths to Keep Singapore Going details the life of Singapore’s longest serving prime minister on how he makes important decisions that have to be made. Presented as a transcript of 32 hours of interviews, Hard Truths to Keep Going covers the terrain of the past and contemplates the expanse of the future for Singapore that Lee Kuan Yew and his generation built on the hopes of a people. Based on 32 hours of interviews at the Istana, along with 64 pages of photographs and a dvd insert, the book features Lee in full flow, combative, thought-provoking controversial.

For business and trade interests, consider From Third World to First: Singapore and the Asian Economic Boom, by Lee Kuan Yew, with an introduction by Henry Kissinger. Few gave tiny Singapore much chance of survival when it was granted independence in 1965. How is it, then, that today the former British colonial trading post is a thriving Asian metropolis with not only the world’s number one airline, best airport, and busiest port of trade, but also the world’s fourth–highest per capita real income?

 

If delicious cuisine is your preference then Cradle of Flavor, Home Cooking from the Spice Islands of Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia is an appetizer to sink your teeth into.  I bought this one for the cover alone! James Oseland spent two decades exploring the foods of the Spice Islands. He introduces the birthplace of spice and brings the Nyonya dishes of Singapore and Malaysia, the fiery specialties of West Sumatra, and the spicy-aromatic stews of Java. Oseland culled his recipes from twenty years of intimate contact with home cooks and diverse markets.

 

There is a distinctive architecture to Singapore and Singapore Shophouses by Julian Davison and Luca Invernizzi Tettoni traces its development from rudimentary shophouse through various incarnations of decorative style Neoclassical, Chinese Baroque, Jubilee-style, Edwardian, Rococo, Tropical Modern all the while commenting on the various influences that fueled its evolution.

 

Back to fiction: set in Singapore: Singapore Noir by Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, a native of Singapore and a former staff writer at the Wall Street Journal. Tan’s work has also appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post. Singapore Noir is actually a collection of 14 stories and 14 points of view about the darker side of life in Singapore with murder, betrayal, and mystery. 

 

The Singapore Grip by J.G. Farrell . Set in Singapore, 1939: life on the eve of World War II just isn’t what it used to be for Walter Blackett, head of British Singapore’s oldest and most powerful firm. No matter how forcefully the police break one strike, the natives go on strike somewhere else. His daughter keeps entangling herself with the most unsuitable beaus, while her intended match, the son of Blackett’s partner, is an idealistic sympathizer with the League of Nations and a vegetarian. Business may be booming—what with the war in Europe, the Allies are desperate for rubber and helpless to resist Blackett’s price-fixing and market manipulation.

Have a book title to share? Please add your title in the comments.

*all links point to Amazon but these books are certainly available through other online and brick and mortar booksellers

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