Thursday, January 29, 2015

International Book Giving Day

January is almost over, how time flies!  It's love month and "Book Giving Day" that is.  This kind-hearted activity is really a good opportunity to show what love means - love for others.  It's time to browse your book shelves at home and see if there are titles you are done reading and would love to share with someone else.  It doesn't need a big preparation, you can simply place a ribbon and insert a simple bookmark about this very special day and leave in a pubic place (bus terminal, food court, hospital, reception, mall, bus, park). 

I started this last year and left some books at a waiting area near a language school and in a taxi, I can only hope that someone took and read it.  I might not know the result of this act but I am pretty this will inspire someone, somehow.

This year, I am making the act a little bigger and spreading the good deed together with our school.  I presented the idea to our Primary Literacy Co-or, asking pupils to bring their old books on the week before 14th February.  The Library will collect, pack and donate it to a foundation. We contacted a number of groups that are interested and are near to our school.  It will not be mandated but anyone who is generous to give, will receive a bookmark designed by Anna Walker.  It's a free template from the group who organized this wonderful deed.
For me and my LO, this deed will continue this year.  I will ask him to choose a few titles from his bunch of books at home and wrap with ribbon and place the book template on top about the special day and leave somewhere, most likely at the mall.
This random act of kindness has been going around in some countries for quite some time now and now I am helping them to spread the good deed in my own special way.  As our Literacry Co-or said, this is an "act of admiration".

We don't need big, grand ideas (though it would be nice).  We just need to care for others and the world could be so much better. 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

eBook: Stopover Tokyo

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reading Technology: iPad App

Serving small children in the library, I need to constantly look and screen reading resource for their small minds. Using iStoryTime makes them engage in reading and having fun at the same time.  Your children will definitely love this app.

"The iStoryTime library app includes a wide selection of narrated children’s storybooks from your kids favorite films, TV shows and classic stories. All of the stories feature professional narration and vivid images. From reliving the adventures of your favorite Zoosters in Madagascar to following SpongeBob, The Smurfs, or woolly mammoths in Ice Age or Robin Hood in one of the great classics - the iStoryTime library app is perfect for learning to read, summer road trips, bedtime stories and more! "

Friday, December 12, 2014

Library Week 2014

This is the second time I organized a Library Week for my current school. We made it simple and easy to execute.

Our theme this year is "Connect to Reading".

For our Foundation through Primary children, we had  "Pelmanism".  This is a memory where cards of pairs are put face down on a large table. They take it in turns to turn over 2 cards at a time . It's good fun and easy to set up and put away.  We printed different sizes of different book covers from our collection for different age groups.  As our objective, children's attention are so focus on the cards and we minimize the noise, even playing it with a big group.  Printing and laminating each card is not difficult.  Overall, children had fun and I being the game master felt like I was playing in casino.  Of course, we gave sweets for everyone as they get the right cards.

As additional activity for Primary, we had Bookmark Exchange.  Children designed a bookmark on a card (library provided)  based on the theme in their classroom prior to the time they come to the library for the game. After the game and before they leave the library, they pick one bookmark from the class who came before them.  One easy, fun, creative activity indeed.

For our Secondary students, we had a Selfie Competition.  Every tween and teenager are so engaged with their phones. So let's hook them up through their phones.  We coordinated with English Department to discuss the competition with their class and promote it at the same time.  We categorize the selfies we received and gave 1st and 2nd place for each category.  Students had so mcuh fun doing the activity and even ask for more competitions like this in the future.


Of course, teachers and staff must participate too, to show what library can do to one's life. So we displayed pictures around the library showing how they are connected with libraries. (photos are mounted on a specially designed layout which I cannot post due identity security)

Lastly, we had Book Fair(via a vendor) and our very own Book Sale(from weeded library books) which we were able to generate the money to buy the prizes for the Selfie winners.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Fairy Tale Day

It's Fairy Tale day at ANS.  Our little princes and princesses visited the library to look for Jack and the Beanstalk.  Do you think they found him?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Please visit my new blog - RemarkaBook

I started to post Remarkabooks on this blog and noticed that many follows my posts about book titles.  So here it is, a blog dedicated for one.
This blog aims to help mothers, teachers, librarians and any one who loves reading  and want to spread the love for it.  I will try to post one book a day(hopefully including weekends), with its bibliographic details for purchasing, reading and interest levels from different reading groups, type, genre, synopsis/summary of the book or anything that could help my readers.  This is not to represent any book publisher or author, I am doing this out of my passion as a school librarian....visit now RemarkaBook.

Monday, March 17, 2014

World Book Week

This is the first time I organized a Book Week celebration on the last week of the school.  I thought it will not have an impact at all.  Suprisingly, it's a hit because it is when all are getting ready to go on for their holiday and want to detach from the curriculum.  Teachers are trying to stretch their classes that won't matter on the student's grade anymore and Book Week is the answer.  We started planning the activities when we came back from the long break due to suspension.  This is the first time that the library hosted the Book Week, the Literacy department always handles this celebration.  I made it very simple for all, no extra work for the teachers and no challenging preparation for the library.

We had Book Swap for our smallest pupils in the school.  We prepared the letter to parents on what kind of book they must send with their children.  Some didn't follow the instruction (or maybe didn't understand the letter) that they still give their kids an ADULT book for swapping.  Some brought their books but are not willing to swap their most precious book, they thought they will only swap for a day, whilst, many were happy that they have a new book.  Generally, the activity is successful. We gave stickers for those who participated in the swapping.  I let the Thai staff explain to them the importance and procedure so it will be clearly explained to the children.

Aside from swapping, we also did a Story time with our smallest pupils in the school.  One in Thai and one in English.  They love my story just the way my son loves it when I tell him the story even over and over again.  Our Thai librarian was quite conscious and nervous because it's her first time, on the 3rd day she got no voice:(


For our Primary students, we did the Book Bingo Game.  Everyone enjoys, even the teachers joined us in the game.  The students couldn't get enough of it that they keep on asking for another round.  This activity is truly a hit!

For the Key Stage 3 students, we did the Book Spine Poetry.  We divide the whole class into small groups of 2's and asked to come up with poem or quote out of the titles of the book that can be read from its spine. We asked their English teacher to judge their work.  Surprisingly, some of the groups came up with 2-3 more quotes out of the books they've found.  Very engaging and spontaneous activity indeed!

For our oldest students in school, we did a Summer Reading Challenge.  We challenge the teachers to choose one Secondary student to read a book that they(teacher) have read before and ask their chosen student to read during the summer break and submit a Book Review at the start of the next semester.  The teachers love the idea but there were just a few takers, everyone is just looking forward to the holiday.  Nevertheless, we received 3 book reviews and the challenge made a buzz after the participants received their reward for participating.  Hopefully, our next reading challenge will be more popular.  This activity gives no extra work for the teachers but raise the profile of the library with new library display for us.

And of course, our very own Book Sale.  Unwanted library books and magazines were sorted according to prices and placed on different boxes for everyone who is interested to buy or take for free.  This is a win-win situations on all ends, the library reclaimed the space we need, generated a few thousand baht and save the parents money for buying (bargain prices) good books, they also get free magazines!