Posted on December 9, 2013 by gladeslibrarian
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Won’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
There is much to learn about what makes introverts tick. In Quiet, Cain provides
a thorough compilation of research from the fields of psychology and
neuroscience and expands on those concepts. Adults who are introverts will
discover the great value of their rich inner lives. Parents and teachers can
learn ways to assist “quiet” children both at home and in the classroom. In the
last section of the book, Cain shares personal accounts of introverts and their
For me, the big take-away was one of the points made by Cain
that introversion is about the way a person recovers from a life activity rather
than the way a person acts during that activity. A person can be a powerful
public speaker. While the extrovert will want to go out to eat with others to
discuss the success or failure of the just completed activity, the introvert may
choose to recover by taking a nap, reading a book or relaxing by the
After a while the personal narratives became repetitive and it was
hard to remain engaged in the book. The reader will not miss out if he stops
reading the personal narratives once he “gets the point” Cain seeks to make.
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Posted on December 6, 2013 by gladeslibrarian
Stinky Sanitation Inventions
by Katie Marsico
Three cheers for the brilliant problem solvers who rescued us from our stinky
selves. No need to blush. Our bodies were designed to expel waste, but without
some creative sanitation inventions we would still be steeped in stink (how fast
can you say that?). Stinky Sanitation Inventions takes the reader on a virtual
tour describing life before each invention, explaining the invention process and
ending with the benefits provided by each invention. Readers will learn about
sanitation inventions for personal use including both flushable and portable
toilets, toilet paper (yay!) and disposable diapers. Community level
sanitation is addressed next as the topic turns to sewers, garbage trucks,
incinerators, landfills, kitchen garbage disposals and even
pooper-scoopers. Finally, disinfectants and air fresheners come to our
nasal rescue. Recommended for grades 3-5. Includes a table of contents, index,
glossary and a list of resources for further reading.
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Posted on December 6, 2013 by gladeslibrarian
How to Babysit a Grandma by Jean Reagan
As a young babysitter you know that grandmas need special care and attention, especially when there are sleepovers involved. You’ve got to keep them busy! First, you need to include all of the not-to-be-missed things to do at the park. Later, you will want to let your grandma choose some of the grandma-friendly crafts. Dinner can be tricky. Look for tips in this book on making the meal appetizing and delicious. Once your grandma is all tuckered out, help her choose the best spot to sleep. Don’t forget to make her feel at home with a super-fun secret bedtime routine!
Adults, Reagan’s delightful book captures the heart of family and encourages intergenerational relationship building. I recommend sharing “How to Babysit a Grandma” and the companion volume, “How to Babysit a Grandpa“, with every young babysitter you know.
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Posted on June 12, 2013 by gladeslibrarian
John Grisham geocoin found! *excited*
Tweeted by my coworker
Trackable RACKETEER by #JohnGrisham GeoCoin, 1 of 5000, found by @gladeslibrarian twitter.com/BookBitch/stat…
— BookBitch (@BookBitch) June 12, 2013
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Posted on June 11, 2013 by gladeslibrarian
Photo credit: Kristin Hoppe, flickr
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In lieu of a poem today I thought I’d share some advice for writers.
Do not put statements in the negative form.
And don’t start sentences with a conjunction.
If you reread your work, you will find on rereading that agreat deal of repetition can be avoided by rereading and editing.
Never use a long word when a diminutive one will do.
Unqualified superlatives are the worst of all.
If any word is improper at the end of a sentence, a linking verb is.
Avoid trendy locutions that sound flaky.
Last, but not least, avoid cliches like the plague. — William Safire, “Great Rules of Writing”
In two words, what’s your best writing advice?
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Posted on May 28, 2013 by gladeslibrarian
What a great reminder. As leaders, it is easy to turn our times of Bible study and worship into an opportunity to focus on how the passages we read can meet the needs of those within our scope of influence. It can be difficult to relax and let God meet our needs, as He's inclined to do.
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