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Shawn Weisser:

I am afraid my kids can’t do this. And when they need to be reading more, the literacy rate is much too low in my district, I don’t know if I want to deviate from reading to delve into Makerspace.

Originally posted on The Unquiet Librarian:

The concept of libraries as makerspaces first hit my radar last November when I read about the Fayetteville Free Library’s FabLab.  As I began hearing more buzz about libraries and makerspaces the first few months of this year, I decided that learning more about this concept and exploring how I might apply the elements of makerspaces to my library program would be a personal learning project for the summer.

So what is a makerspace?  Makerspace defines it as:

Modeled after hackerspaces, a makerspace is a place where young people have an opportunity to explore their own interests, learn to use tools and materials, and develop creative projects. It could be embedded inside an existing organization or standalone on its own. It could be a simple room in a building or an outbuilding that’s closer to a shed. The key is that it can adapt to a wide variety…

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Like most Americans, I allow myself to be bogged down with work, family, activities, duties, etc. We think about ourselves but many forget to take time to do what we love. I love books. Nearly all books of all genre. Not a huge fan of horror/demonic, LGBT, or books that depict gratuitous sex and violence. Honestly, I have little tolerance for material poorly written regardless of its acclaim or fame.

What has brought me here today? GUILT. I feel guilty that I have neglected my blogs. That is a big one for me. Guilt gets me to do a lot of stuff I would not jump at immediately. I was raised by a Catholic mother and am of Jewish descent, so I guess the guilt thing is nature and nurture.

I am back and will be blogging a bit more forcefully now. I will put some of those other things on hold … after book fair.

Originally posted on Gathering Books:



Thank you so much for featuring me for your fantasy reading theme issue, Myra.

I started writing ‘Princess Petunia’s Dragon’ as a picture book because I love the format. The story was about a child who wanted a difficult pet, a dragon – who finally came into his own when the weather suddenly turned cold. Each time I did a draft I found myself developing the plot, until it ended up at 7,000 words for a reading age of six to nine. I don’t make many conscious choices as I write, rather my imagination makes demands on me.

Like you say, Petunia is a feisty little girl and is probably the child I’d have liked to have been. Writing about a quirky, determined child is exciting, especially when she starts shouting back! I love the randomness of writing fiction.

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There are elements in the story of Petunia – such as…

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