Sunday, December 18, 2011

Medicine, History, and Magic

Mauser reviews The Poisoner's Handbook, which chronicles the beginnings of forensic medicine and a history of poisons. Hauser shares The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and the wealth of discussion topics that arise from reading it. McElroy reviews Waiting for the Magic, the story of a suddenly single mom, her children, and the animals they adopt, and the communication between the animals and children.
The technology segment looks at the ipad app, Flipboard, as a great aggregator for things of interest.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Toys, Elements, and Certification

McElroy leads off the book reviews segment with the book,  Toys Come Home: Being the Early Experiences of an Intelligent Stingray, a Brave Buffalo, and a Brand-New Someone Called Plastic.  This book is not only a great read aloud, but is also a wonderful story of toys and the lives they lead while we're not watching.
Mauser reviews The Disappearing Spoon, which gives the reader a history of the world through various elements from the periodic table.  
Hauser reviews National Board Certification in Library Media: A Candidate's Journal.  This book gives advice for candidates and tips for successful completion of National Board Certification.  This review leads to the discussion of National Board Certification for Librarians, including the four portfolio entries, and the emphasis on reflective practice. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Literacy, History, and the World

In this episode we finally had a break in the heat enabling an outdoor recording. Mauser begins the book reviews by sharing a professional book, Literature and the Web: Reading and Responding with New Technologies, which is an easy to use handbook for using online resources in responding to literature.
Hauser shares a YA nonfiction book, Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom, and Science, which examines the role of sugar in changing the course of world history.  
McElroy, finishes the book segment with a review of Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare as a set up for a future review.  This biography, is an approachable read that shows Shakespeare as a real person and the circumstances that enabled him to write as he did.

In the technology segment we review the site  This site provides quick and easy country comparisons.  The default is to compare the US to other countries, but can also compare any two countries.  It focuses on demographic information drawn from the CIA world factbook.