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Vintage Alexandria: Streets That Tell Stories | SeeThru Alexandria was always considered the city of dreams and it was, it really was. With an ethnic diversity of Greek, French, Italian, Ladino, Arabic, and English inhabitants, Alexandria maintained its position as a cosmopolitan (by this meaning the period between 1850 and 1956) city and a legend of sorts, combining historical love stories and poetic influences alongside religious celebrations. As we took this breathtaking journey in time, we discovered how magnificent everything was and why Lawrence Durrell –the great British poet and novelist- had to title Alexandria his “capital of memory”. Architecture: Most of Alexandria’s old buildings were designed by European architects in the so-called Moresque style, which contained elements of the Moorish architecture of Granada and Cordoba in Spain mixed with Venetian elements. Fashion: Women and men wore their attire according to the latest European fashion trends at that time. Literature: Cavafy was well known as the poet of Alexandria. Religion:

Awards | Dia de los Libros A list of awards and grants that might be of interest to those who celebrate Día in their library and community is compiled below. Américas Award –The Consortium of Latin American Studies founded the Américas Award in 1993 to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality children’s and young adult books that portray Latin America, the Caribbean, or Latinos in the United States, and to provide teachers with recommendations for classroom use. CLASP offers up to two annual book awards, together with a commended list of titles. Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Día grant – The Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature awards an annual grant to a library whose Día program has an African American Focus. Estela and Raúl Mora Award – Established by Día founder, Pat Mora, and her siblings in honor of their parents, the Mora award and honors are presented annually to the most exemplary Día celebrations.

These Parody Book Covers Of Famous Classics Will Make Any True Literary Nerd Laugh Out Loud When it comes to my favorite books, movies, and games, I love in-jokes. There's a particular way that someone can poke fun at entertainment media while simultaneously proving that they like that book or movie just as much as I do, and I really appreciate that. If you're like me, you are going to love these spoof book covers created by The Online Pen Company, because they tell you exactly what your favorite stories are about, in no uncertain terms. Spoiler warning: Mild spoilers for some classic novels ahead. The season of giving is also the season of books. The Online Pen Company created 50 of these "hilariously honest" titles, all of which are based on vintage Penguin Classics. 'The Book Thief' by Markus Zusak The Online Pen Company "Sobbing for Days" is right. Click here to buy. 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen In high school, you either loved or hated this book. Click here to buy. 'The Cat in the Hat' by Dr. Click here to buy. The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer Click here to buy.

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Laptop’s Battery No matter how well you treat your laptop’s battery, it will eventually die. If you’re lucky, it will be time to replace your laptop by the time its battery dies. If you’re not, you’ll need to replace the battery. Battery death can seem sudden, but it doesn’t have to. Windows will warn you when your battery reaches extremely low capacity levels, but you can also keep your own tabs on its capacity. Windows Will Warn You Windows doesn’t normally keep you up-to-date with your battery’s capacity level. Eventually, when your battery reaches a low enough capacity level, Windows will warn you. Note that this warning was added in Windows 7, so you won’t see it if you’re using Windows Vista or XP. How to Check Your Laptop’s Battery Capacity If you’re curious just how far your laptop’s battery capacity has declined, you can use a third-party tool to view it. For example, in the below screenshot, we see that the battery was designed to hold 86,580 mWh of energy. Calibrating Your Battery

Spanish-Language Literature Resources Compiled by the Cooperative Children's Book Center Updated: December, 2013 This listing of resources about Spanish-language books for children and teens has been developed in response to the need for Spanish-language materials in schools and libraries. The listing includes the following: Sources for Spanish-Language Book Recommendations and Suggestions Sources for Recommended Books with Latino cultural content Distributors of Spanish-language books for children and teens This list is a work-in-progress. Sources for Spanish-Language Book Suggestions Caldecott Winners Translated into Spanish: from San Diego Public Library via Isabel Schon Internationl Center for Spanish Books for Youth El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day): national initiative promoting literacy for children of all cultures; annual booklist includes (but not limited to) Spanish and bilingual titles Essential Guide to Spanish Reading for Children and Young Adults (pdf): from AmericaReadsSpanish

Getting Personal with Books How do we encourage teens to come back to reading for fun? For my high school library, getting personal with books has made all the difference. Part of the answer lies in knowing your specific patrons and collection and matching students to books that might draw them in. Research from Common Sense Media shows that as students grow through adolescence they spend less time reading for fun. If you ask a teacher in any grade level or content area what one of the largest barriers they face is, they will invariably tell you it is time. Personal book shopping is a school-wide library program where I hand-pick 4 books for each participating student based on their answers to a few short questions. I then stack the books together, tie them with string, and attach a tag that has the student’s name on it. By choosing books specifically for students I eliminate a significant amount of the time commitment previously needed to check out materials in the library. Work Cited Author: Elizabeth Pelayo

How to Calibrate Your Laptop’s Battery For Accurate Battery Life Estimates So you’re using your laptop and, all of the sudden, it dies. There was no battery warning from Windows — in fact, you recently checked and Windows said you had 30% battery power left. What’s going on? Even if you treat your laptop’s battery properly, its capacity will decrease over time. Note: this basic technique should work in Windows 10, 8, 7 or Vista, or really for any device. Why Calibrating the Battery Is Necessary If you’re taking proper care of your laptop’s battery, you should be allowing it to discharge somewhat before plugging it back in and topping it off. However, this sort of behavior can confuse the laptop’s battery meter. How Often Should You Calibrate the Battery? Manufacturers generally recommend calibrating the battery every 2-3 months. In reality, you likely don’t have to do this that often if you’re not too worried about your laptop’s battery readings being completely precise. Basic Calibration Instructions You should also look at your laptop’s manual or help files.

Young Adult Award Winners *YALSA has launched the new Teen Book Finder Database, which is a one-stop shop for finding selected lists and award winners. Users can search this free resource by award, list name, year, author, genre and more, as well as print customizable lists. This new resource will replace the individual award and list web pages currently on YALSA’s site that are not searchable and that are organized only by year. Looking for great teen books? While these books have been selected for teens from 12 to 18 years of age, the award-winning titles and the titles on YALSA's selected lists span a broad range of reading and maturity levels. Book Awards Learn more about the Alex Awards, Edwards Award, Morris Award, Odyssey Award, Nonfiction Award, and Printz Award and read speeches from winners Selected Book & Media Lists Teen Book Finder App Find YALSA's award-winning books and media and selected lists wherever you are with this app, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Best of the Best

When Adults Don't Read, Kids Lose. Note: This post was co-written with my friend Todd Nesloney, who is both the principal at Webb Elementary School in Navasota, TX and the coauthor of the book Kids Deserve It. It was so much fun collaborating with Todd to transform what started as a conversation over Voxer about teachers who don't read, into this piece! Thank you for working with me on this, friend! I'd also be remiss if I didn't extend a nod to Donalyn Miller and John Schumacher, whose influence is clear throughout. Helping students create and grow authentic reading lives, is one of our most important jobs as educators. Obviously, there are probably many answers to this question, but one possible reason may lie in the reality that far too many educators don’t have reading lives of their own. Increase your own access to books: Visit your school library and become BFFs with the librarian. The bottom line is this: your students need and deserve for you to be their independent reading champion.

Story entries - Oleander Plume **update! Every reader who leaves a nice comment on one (or all) of the stories will be entered into a random drawing to win a mini prize package courtesy of Oleander Plume (I think I know her, hmm…)** You can find the rules and other information by clicking here. Please bookmark this page, I will update as the links come in. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 5am Writer Man – “Clown Realness: Every Clown Wants a Good Fuck!” 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. Ctr for the Study of Multicultural Children's Lit