girafferty: (eyes)
I don't understand why there are never any pencils. Each table has a box with pencils at the after-school program. The kids are supposed to only borrow them and return them. The boxes are now empty. So they must have taken them, whether deliberately or by accident. But the kids still don't have any pencils and are always asking to borrow ours. So what happened to the originals? I also happened to see one boy's pencil bag last week. He had three of our pencil sharpeners and a pair of our scissors. Why three?

I'm having a good time this year. Melissa (the new JV) and I have taught the kids how to double-dutch rope. I still can't do it myself, but I'm really good at twirling the ropes. We have yoga once a week, and they're getting really good and doing all the poses.

I just got approved from First Book to get a shipment of free pop-up books about Dinosaurs for the kids. Pop-up books have become really supercool since I was a kid, especially from Sabuda and Reinhart. First Book is the organization that gets the money when you click on The Literacy Site.  They give free books to after-school programs, day care centers, and Title I schools with more than 85% of the kids living below the poverty line. The best part is that they give enough for every child, and the kids get to take them home.  This is so crucial, because studies have found that while in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age-appropriate books is 13 to 1 for every child, in low-income neighborhoods, its 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children.  I would have been a very unhappy nerd if I hadn't had books in my house and a mother who took me to the library every three weeks.  But at least they can go to their school libraries, right?  Not really. Over half of the Baltimore City Schools do not have functioning school libraries, and the ones that do are woefully out of date.

This is making me sad now. I'm going to go clean up my classroom and make it cheerful.

girafferty: (eyes)
I don't understand why there are never any pencils. Each table has a box with pencils at the after-school program. The kids are supposed to only borrow them and return them. The boxes are now empty. So they must have taken them, whether deliberately or by accident. But the kids still don't have any pencils and are always asking to borrow ours. So what happened to the originals? I also happened to see one boy's pencil bag last week. He had three of our pencil sharpeners and a pair of our scissors. Why three?

I'm having a good time this year. Melissa (the new JV) and I have taught the kids how to double-dutch rope. I still can't do it myself, but I'm really good at twirling the ropes. We have yoga once a week, and they're getting really good and doing all the poses.

I just got approved from First Book to get a shipment of free pop-up books about Dinosaurs for the kids. Pop-up books have become really supercool since I was a kid, especially from Sabuda and Reinhart. First Book is the organization that gets the money when you click on The Literacy Site.  They give free books to after-school programs, day care centers, and Title I schools with more than 85% of the kids living below the poverty line. The best part is that they give enough for every child, and the kids get to take them home.  This is so crucial, because studies have found that while in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age-appropriate books is 13 to 1 for every child, in low-income neighborhoods, its 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children.  I would have been a very unhappy nerd if I hadn't had books in my house and a mother who took me to the library every three weeks.  But at least they can go to their school libraries, right?  Not really. Over half of the Baltimore City Schools do not have functioning school libraries, and the ones that do are woefully out of date.

This is making me sad now. I'm going to go clean up my classroom and make it cheerful.

girafferty: (eyes)
I don't understand why there are never any pencils. Each table has a box with pencils at the after-school program. The kids are supposed to only borrow them and return them. The boxes are now empty. So they must have taken them, whether deliberately or by accident. But the kids still don't have any pencils and are always asking to borrow ours. So what happened to the originals? I also happened to see one boy's pencil bag last week. He had three of our pencil sharpeners and a pair of our scissors. Why three?

I'm having a good time this year. Melissa (the new JV) and I have taught the kids how to double-dutch rope. I still can't do it myself, but I'm really good at twirling the ropes. We have yoga once a week, and they're getting really good and doing all the poses.

I just got approved from First Book to get a shipment of free pop-up books about Dinosaurs for the kids. Pop-up books have become really supercool since I was a kid, especially from Sabuda and Reinhart. First Book is the organization that gets the money when you click on The Literacy Site.  They give free books to after-school programs, day care centers, and Title I schools with more than 85% of the kids living below the poverty line. The best part is that they give enough for every child, and the kids get to take them home.  This is so crucial, because studies have found that while in middle-income neighborhoods, the ratio of age-appropriate books is 13 to 1 for every child, in low-income neighborhoods, its 1 age appropriate book for every 300 children.  I would have been a very unhappy nerd if I hadn't had books in my house and a mother who took me to the library every three weeks.  But at least they can go to their school libraries, right?  Not really. Over half of the Baltimore City Schools do not have functioning school libraries, and the ones that do are woefully out of date.

This is making me sad now. I'm going to go clean up my classroom and make it cheerful.


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I thought I'd do a little review of the libraries I go to in Baltimore.

Village Learning Place

I was here six months before I learned this was a library.  I thought that it might be a Scientology Center or something.  It turns out that when the EPFL closed the Charles Village library down, the neighborhood bought the building and made their own library.  So its a standalone library.

Best Thing: The awesome free programs they put on, and spending all day reading magazines off the rack

Worst Thing:
Not really that many books there, and since its a stand-alone library, there's not the ease of putting something on hold like at the EPFL

Homeless Level:  Low.  But it is next door to an elementary school, so there are usually a lot of unattended kids there in the afternoon.

Enoch Pratt Free Library-Waverly Branch


This is the closest EPFL library to me, but I don't go to it much.

Best Thing:
Easy to pick up inter-library loans.

Worst Thing: Except it is NOT, because they are not open on Fridays.  Why?  And they had my phone number off by one digit, so instead of e-mailing me that my library book was in, they BANNED me from renewing my books online, until I went to the Central Branch and found what was up.

Homeless Level: Very high

Enoch Pratt Free Library-Central Branch

This is my most-frequented library.

Best Thing:  The AV collection.  Movies are $1.50 to take out for a week, but foreign films and TV shows on DVDs are free to check out.  I get a lot of Goosebumps DVDs for my kids, and CDs and Books on Tape when I'm going on a road trip.

Worst Thing: Its tough to find parking, and its all metered.  I got a ticket once when I was two minutes late coming out of the library.

Homeless Level: High, but unobtrusive.  Most of them are on the computers.


Enoch Pratt Free Library-Canton Branch

The only one of the first four Enoch Pratt buildings still remaining as an EPFL library, very historical, etc. I only visited it once, but it was open when I was walking by on a very rainy day and really needed to use the bathroom, and for that I will forever be thankful.



girafferty: (Default)
I thought I'd do a little review of the libraries I go to in Baltimore.

Village Learning Place

I was here six months before I learned this was a library.  I thought that it might be a Scientology Center or something.  It turns out that when the EPFL closed the Charles Village library down, the neighborhood bought the building and made their own library.  So its a standalone library.

Best Thing: The awesome free programs they put on, and spending all day reading magazines off the rack

Worst Thing:
Not really that many books there, and since its a stand-alone library, there's not the ease of putting something on hold like at the EPFL

Homeless Level:  Low.  But it is next door to an elementary school, so there are usually a lot of unattended kids there in the afternoon.

Enoch Pratt Free Library-Waverly Branch


This is the closest EPFL library to me, but I don't go to it much.

Best Thing:
Easy to pick up inter-library loans.

Worst Thing: Except it is NOT, because they are not open on Fridays.  Why?  And they had my phone number off by one digit, so instead of e-mailing me that my library book was in, they BANNED me from renewing my books online, until I went to the Central Branch and found what was up.

Homeless Level: Very high

Enoch Pratt Free Library-Central Branch

This is my most-frequented library.

Best Thing:  The AV collection.  Movies are $1.50 to take out for a week, but foreign films and TV shows on DVDs are free to check out.  I get a lot of Goosebumps DVDs for my kids, and CDs and Books on Tape when I'm going on a road trip.

Worst Thing: Its tough to find parking, and its all metered.  I got a ticket once when I was two minutes late coming out of the library.

Homeless Level: High, but unobtrusive.  Most of them are on the computers.


Enoch Pratt Free Library-Canton Branch

The only one of the first four Enoch Pratt buildings still remaining as an EPFL library, very historical, etc. I only visited it once, but it was open when I was walking by on a very rainy day and really needed to use the bathroom, and for that I will forever be thankful.



girafferty: (Default)
I thought I'd do a little review of the libraries I go to in Baltimore.

Village Learning Place

I was here six months before I learned this was a library.  I thought that it might be a Scientology Center or something.  It turns out that when the EPFL closed the Charles Village library down, the neighborhood bought the building and made their own library.  So its a standalone library.

Best Thing: The awesome free programs they put on, and spending all day reading magazines off the rack

Worst Thing:
Not really that many books there, and since its a stand-alone library, there's not the ease of putting something on hold like at the EPFL

Homeless Level:  Low.  But it is next door to an elementary school, so there are usually a lot of unattended kids there in the afternoon.

Enoch Pratt Free Library-Waverly Branch


This is the closest EPFL library to me, but I don't go to it much.

Best Thing:
Easy to pick up inter-library loans.

Worst Thing: Except it is NOT, because they are not open on Fridays.  Why?  And they had my phone number off by one digit, so instead of e-mailing me that my library book was in, they BANNED me from renewing my books online, until I went to the Central Branch and found what was up.

Homeless Level: Very high

Enoch Pratt Free Library-Central Branch

This is my most-frequented library.

Best Thing:  The AV collection.  Movies are $1.50 to take out for a week, but foreign films and TV shows on DVDs are free to check out.  I get a lot of Goosebumps DVDs for my kids, and CDs and Books on Tape when I'm going on a road trip.

Worst Thing: Its tough to find parking, and its all metered.  I got a ticket once when I was two minutes late coming out of the library.

Homeless Level: High, but unobtrusive.  Most of them are on the computers.


Enoch Pratt Free Library-Canton Branch

The only one of the first four Enoch Pratt buildings still remaining as an EPFL library, very historical, etc. I only visited it once, but it was open when I was walking by on a very rainy day and really needed to use the bathroom, and for that I will forever be thankful.




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 I need to get another bookshelf.  We already have five in the house but they're all full.  My problem is The Book Thing is a few blocks away from my apartment.  Its also good to get rid of books I don't want anymore, but the rate of income is greater than the rate of outgo.  This weekend I gave them five books and took over 60.  Granted, a lot of them were for my campers, but a lot of them were for me too.

The list )

I promise I won't do this every week, as it would get quite boring to read a list of books, but I thought it was interesting enough once.
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I went to Jessup today to pick up some new books from First Book for my after-school program. A news team from Voice of America was there interviewing people about the program and they filmed Anthony and me walking to our car with our boxes a few time. They said its going to go out all over the world, but mainly to Iraq.

If I had known I was going to be on international TV, I might have worn some makeup today.

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