The Edublog Awards blog allows people to nominate their best blogs in a variety of categories:
- Best individual blog
- Best individual tweeter
- Best group blog
- Best new blog
- Best class blog.
- Best student blog
- Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
- Most influential blog post
- Best twitter hashtag
- Best teacher blog
- Best librarian / library blog
- Best School Administrator blog
- Best free web tool
- Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
- Best educational wiki
- Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
- Best educational use of a social network
- Lifetime achievement
We have had a think and we are going to nominate Read It 2011 in the Best librarian / library blog category. A plain, unassuming little blog, this blog is packed with good reading ideas and backs up a twitter reading group run by the NSW Readers’ Advisory Working Group. We have been posting about it all year.
The Readers’ Advisory Working Group works hard at encouraging their colleagues and the public to enjoy their reading and nudges them into areas they may not have ventured into before (Fantasy for me *shudders*). Then they are encouraged to post on the blog and tweet about their reading. It’s been fascinating reading about other people’s reading.
We have had a lot of fun reading in the various themes suggested, and hope you have too.
Good Luck Read It 2011!
Have you had some fun? I have.
Have you been taken out of your comfort zone? I have – March was Fantasy (shudders) but with some good solid counselling I’ll get over it!
The theme for December is #summerreads (what to read when it’s hot or hot-reading).
Summer – the season of sunshine, holidays, relaxation. Not much of the latter until after Christmas and perhaps the first will be in short supply this year too?
Hot weather reading – do you like to read about hot places or cool down with tales of frosty climes? Get steamy with some romance, or action-packed adventure. Cool reads include teen reads, graphic novels, fantasy or steampunk.
To cross-promote with another area of my life, one hot read for all of us in our bush fire prone area is the Bush Fire Survival Plan - does each member of your family know what to do if bush fire strikes this summer?
And of course it’s holiday season whether that means the taking time off work type of holiday or the religious celebration type holiday. There are travel guides to all parts of the world, there are books on Christmas, Hannuka – can’t find anything in our catalogue about my own favourite December holiday, Hogmanay.
Drool over summer recipes, lovely fresh salads, special foods for sharing with friends and family, icecream and sorbet recipes. Yummm.
To help you relax you might like a relaxation CD? You’ll find lots in the music CD racks – they’ll have a purple dot on them, or relaxation books or audio books on the shelves at 158.12 (ask a library staff member to help you navigate the Dewey Decimal System which we use to organise our books). Audio books are perfect for long trips in the car and for when it’s just too hot to hold a book up.
For school age children there’s the annual Summer Reading Club. This year’s theme is The Amazing Read. Children can sign up from the 1st of December and will get a free kit with bag, bookmarks and sheet for recording their reading. For every 20 books read the children can collect a $5 voucher redeemable at The Turning Page or Megalong book shops.
Whatever you choose to cool down or heat up with, don’t forget to share it with us and join in the Twitter Reading Group on the last Tuesday of the month at 8pm AEST. Use the hash tags #summerreads, #readit2011
What titles did you enjoy reading for this category?
To participate you will need a twitter account. Don’t forget to use #moreads in your tweet.
If you don’t have a twitter account you can still watch the discussion by going to twitter search and searching on #moreads.
For more information about#readit2011 click here.
The challenge for November, should you accept it, is #moreads; it’s a month for the men, especially men with moustaches!
There are plenty of mo-ed up men from history and literature for you to read about. here are some I thought of :
- Hercule Poirot
- William Shakespeare – plays & critique, biography, fiction
- Adolf Hitler ( a young friend has never been allowed to forget that she said, “Hitler and Shakespeare, I get them muddled up!”) in history, biography and fiction – In Stephen Fry’s book, Making History, he has the protagonist go back in history and put a contraceptive in the water of the well of the village Adolf Hitler’s parents lived in so that Hitler is never born. But you can’t mess with history like that . . .
- Albert Einstein in biography and fiction
- Bill Bryson (mo and beard) prolific writer well-known for his dry wit. I’ve recently re-read Notes from a Small Island and my favourite ever piece of comic writing is his chapter on cricket in Down Under (aka – In a Sunburned Country) – Ch 7 I believe.
- Charlie Chaplin
- Peter Fitzsimons (mo and beard again) – his recent book, Batavia, is a hair-raising read.
- DH Lawrence (ditto) in fiction and non-fiction. Still recovering from Sons and Lovers in high school . . .
- Yosemite Sam
- Charles Dickens
- Freddy Mercury – in 1973 or so our indulgent music teacher, Miss Cameron, allowed us to listen to Bohemian Rhapsody each lesson (we were in boarding school with no other access to record player or radio)
- Groucho Marx
- Salvadore Dali published a book dedicated solely to his moustache
- Clark Gable
- Harry Paget Flashman in the historical series by George Macdonald-Fraser, refers quite frequently to his ‘whiskers’, of which he is immensely proud.
I’m sure you can think of many, many more.
The Art of Manliness Blog has a list of 50 Best Books for Boys and Men
And while I’m here, might as well plug Movember where men are invited to grow a mo during Movember and raise money for The Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia and beyondblue to combat prostate cancer and depression.
You can join us and tweet about what you are reading in November using the Twitter hashtag #moreads. And at the end of the month, join the Twitterati for a real time Twitter about your month of hairy-faced reading.
For more information on Read It 2011 take a look at the blog.
What titles did you enjoy reading for this category?
To participate you will need a twitter account. Don’t forget to use #egoreads in your tweet.
If you don’t have a twitter account you can still watch the discussion by going to twitter search and searching on #egoreads.
For more information about #readit2011 click here.
If you don’t have a twitter account you can still watch the discussion by going to Twitter search and searching on #egoreads.
For more information about #readit2011 go to the Read It 2011 blog