School this week saw a wonderful query form a pupil. During a discussion on the Scottish Independence debate one pupil asked;
“If we get Independence does that mean we’ll be separated by water?”
Speaking of Independence Gerry Hassan this week makes a plea for the pro-unionist supporters to make a decent argument of how Britain will be better in the future that isn’t just based on the dreams of the past. Meanwhile Alyn Smith, MEP, ponders the international implications for Scotland over on Bella Caledonia.
The ability of our young people to find information has been on my mind this week and I’ve been busy advocating the importance of school libraries and librarians. I can’t help but think you know something is wrong when librarians start standing up and shouting. It’s not just librarians who can shout out – The School Library Association (Scotland) are lobbying the Scottish Parliament on Saturday 27th October 2012 at 11am (Check out their facebook page for details).
Alas it’s not just school libraries under threat in Scotland, Aberdeen Voice argues against Aberdeen council’s proposal to close nearly half it’s public library branches. I’m reminded of the famous Eleanor Crumblehulme quote: “Cutting libraries in a recession is like cutting hospitals in a plague”.
It’s not all doom and gloom in the world of libraries and reading – Loons and Quines has been busy crafting for storytime sessions, the librarian at Stromness Academy shares her week and Raymond Weir wonders if you can review a book after reading only 50 pages. As someone who trudged through ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ I’m going with a yes, yes you can! Time is precious people and if you don’t care after 50 pages let me assure you you’ll care even less after 500!
I just took down my Paralympic display at work and I’m not the only one moving on. Kids Craft and Chaos‘s girls declared her the ‘Best Mum Ever’ after she took them to see the Olympian and Paralympian parade in Glasgow. A Burdz Eye View meanwhile has been looking to the legacy the Paralympics has left and how her son has been inspired.
Speaking of inspiring the next generation Ellen Arnison was unimpressed by a recent list of advice for sons and ponders the advice she’d want to make sure her sons knew. I’d want them to know that being a geek is something to be proud of – reading is sexy.
Though not if the reading material is The Sun. Caron’s Musings supports the campaign to try and get The Sun’s editors to drop the bare breasts on page 3. It would certainly allow me to take seriously the annual request from an S4 boy that the school library should stock it.
So with that final tenuous library link this library dominated roundup has come to - The End.