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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Clever Children's Bookmarks

I came across this video on Facebook that demonstrated how to make a Despicable Me-Minion bookmark! I'm going to try it out with my kiddos in the library! Wish me luck!



Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Seuss' Birthday!

Today's a fun day in the library! It's Dr. Seuss' birthday and we had a parade, watched my favorite Dr. Seuss story, The Sneetches, we did some finger puppet "make believe" and then played a game of Seuss Charades! Enjoy!

GLEC #DrSeussDay Celebration! from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

New Digital Finds for Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! I'm so thankful to highlight the contributions of these Americans! It's everyone's history...with a well deserved emphasis on those marginalized over the years!

Now that I'm working at the best magnet arts campus in Houston, Gregory-Lincoln Education Center for the Visual and Performance Arts, I can't stop bragging about all the wonderful extra-curricular opportunities here! On Tuesday, February 28, beginning at 5:30 pm, come celebrate BHM with us! We'll even have our own "Barack and Michelle Obama!"

PSA for GLEC's Black History play! from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.


For those of you that didn't know, I've long wanted to be a playwright! So, for our "Black History" program, I wrote one!


Because I secretly wanted to be a dancer as a young girl, and when challenged by a student that I couldn't waltz, I had to make him eat a little "humble pie!"


Lastly, here's some digital finds that even taught me a thing or two I didn't know about black history!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

TCEA 17 as a Presenter

I'm very humbled to present to other librarians and tech enthusiast about how I use technology to advocate! Whether its blogging, tweeting or participating on various Facebook groups, (i.e. #FutureReadyLibrarians), Social Media is now a part of fibers. THANK YOU #TCEA17 for accepting my proposal and giving me to wondrous next working opportunity!



Here are some of the highlights thus far! And if you're here at TCEA, please stop by my session: Level 4, Room 15 at 2:30!



Here's an online survey that details the effects of social media for librarians! Thank you Zakir Hossain



Yes, that's me (above) standing next to a man holding a rattlesnake! Mind you rattlesnakes at the Capitol is just a friendly Texas greeting! Lol!


THE AFTERMATH...(my presentation feedback...) For those of you that needed the snapchat for libraries, here you go... A special thank you and shout-out to Nancy Jo Lambert! You've always welcomed/supported me and I thank you! Stay tuned as I'm in the midst of fun and certain there's more to discover!
Notice anybody familiar in the above photo??? Here's a bonus find regarding more on the advantages of social media: 10 Important Skills and Traits Your Social Media Manager Will Need in 2017! Enjoy! :)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Year of the Rooster!



Kung Hei Fat Choy! I don't know about you, but the Goat was not kind to me last year, though I did blog about the mighty ram! Therefore, I'm excited to celebrate this Chinese New Year. Cock-a-doodle-doooooo! Welcome to the Year of the Rooster! May it be a wondrous year full of good luck!

Here are a few snapshots from our "day of absorption!"
Then we did a wee bit of research and learned these fun "superstitions" courtesy of China Highlights...



Please enjoy our "digital dejavu" of how much fun we had!

The Year of the Rooster in the Library! from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.

Next, we fed our brains and coordination skills with The Story of Chopsticks, provided by GetEpic:


To conclude with some sizzling knowledge, this new year celebrates the FIERY ROOSTER! Here's some traits: Trustworthy, with a strong sense of timekeeping and responsibility at work. Some famous celebrity roosters: Bob Marley, Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Anniston...but not me! I'm a horse, an Earth Horse! We have an optimistic, kind-hearted, righteous, but irritable nature! And...I've a strong sense of responsibility, and am always ready to help others! And just in case my Mama sees this...here's my proof!

Neigh, neigh!

Add the whip with that nae-nae! Lol! I couldn't resist!

Monday, December 5, 2016

National Ninja Day

It's NATIONAL NINJA DAY!!!!! I'm super excited to post this and know some of my followers have already started the festivities! Here's my spin...


If you want to learn your own Ninja Name, then check out Ninjas Reads.com to get more ninja resources like the following:


Any librarian worth their salt, knows about the marvelous resources available via GetEpic! Here's a wonderful resource for "How to Draw a Ninja!"

Here's a collage of our drawings!
We received the anointing nod of Mr. Shoo Rayner, the artist who taught us how to draw those aforementioned ninjas!
If drawing isn't your thing, but you can fold your "nun-chucks" off, then check out this Oragami Ninja activity:
We read our Ninja Books: Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson...

#NationalNinjaDay from AwakenLibrarian on Vimeo.



We continued on reading Ninja! by Arree Chung, as well as these jewels!
However, one of the best part of the day was one of my kid's super ninja kick! P.S. It is now official, I'm a BLACK BELT LIBRARIAN!!! At least I am according to Ninja Reads.com!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Bruce Lee

It all started on Saturday mornings, when cartoons went off and Bruce Lee came on TV. I've watched every Bruce Lee film, read his books on philosophy and Jeet Kune Do.
I LOVE ME SOME BRUCE LEE!


Today is his birthday, so in honor of my 30+ yrs of admiration, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRUCE LEE!

Check out my book review based on his Be Water, My Friend
Be Water, My FriendBe Water, My Friend by Ken Mochizuki
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As a further extension on what I did with Corey Rosen Schwartz's The Three Ninja Pigs, I decided to connect Mochizuki's book as it delved further into Kung Fu and the greatest Sensei/Martial Artist that's walked this Earth: Bruce Lee. Yes, he's my childhood hero. But, what I liked about Mochizuki's book is that he discussed "Mo Shi Tung" as a child (read in the book what it means)...a hyper-active, jokster, who went from a trouble-maker to a world-wide icon, due to the discipline learned in Kung Fu. He expanded his learning even more by creating "Jeet Kune Do," and that's what I want to instill in my students as a librarian: Take what you've learned and own it so much that you can create your own enhanced version or style.

To me, and hopefully to my students, that's true originality. I'd argue you to find a better model than Bruce Lee: the philosopher, the master of martial arts and the one who married the woman he loved, regardless of race.

Additionally, Dom Lee's drawings/artist style can't be matched. His skill is about as deft as Bruce's 1 inch punch! It was a joy for me to find this book on the shelf in the library. It combines my greatest joys: Bruce Lee, Kung Fu, perseverance and becoming a self-made individual, regardless of stereotypes, circumstances and the like!

A job well done to Mochizuki and Lee!

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To conclude, Bruce Lee left a canyon-size thumbprint on the world! What makes me love him beyond the kicks, punches and carnal screams of peril, is his philosophy that still inspires me today. Please read this touching tribute written by his daughter, Shannon Lee: My Dad was Bruce Lee-Here's How He Still Inspires Me and Others to Innovate!

Every year, I celebrate Sensei Lee. A few years ago, one of my graduating seniors blessed me with one of his portraits...which just so happened to be of Bruce Lee. Darian Johnbaptiste, I STILL LOVE my picture! It hangs in my office and I look at it every day to remember you and Mr. Lee!


Stay tuned for a #NationalNinjaDay post coming Monday! Until then, here's my repost on The Three Ninja Pigs!
P.S. Thank you to the Bruce Lee Foundation for validating this young girl's tweet!