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Freedom to Read Week 2

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by | 2013/02/27 · 9:45 pm

SI mag exploits swimsuits and villagers…?

It is SPorts Illustrated magazine swimsuit edition season. The magazine that launches model’s careers and often finds itself in hot water because of stereotyping is in the pot again. Should primitive villagers be in shots with supermodels, half-naked or not? What has a NY fashion model have to do with hunting in the desert anyway? Nothing? What is your thought? Exploitation? Or just silly fun? Read more at Huffingtonpost>

The second controversial shot, featuring Emily DiDonato in an African desert, also include a tribal-looking, half-naked man carrying a spear:

These shots tap into the West’s past obsession/fetishization with so-called savages, jungle comics and the like. Again: In a visit to seven continents, this image is what Sports Illustrated is using to represent the continent of Africa.

David Leonard, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at Washington State University, told Yahoo! Shine he understands why some might find the pictures offensive.

“These photos depict people of color as exotic backdrops,” Leonard said. “Beyond functioning as props, as scenery to authenticate their third world adventures, people of color are imagined as servants, as the loyal helpers, as existing for white western pleasure, amusement, and enjoyment.”(Huffingtonpost)

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When did my daughter get more literate than I am?-Ian Brown

When did my daughter get more literate than I am?

Ian Brown
The Globe and Mail
Published Saturday, Jan. 19 2013, 8:00 AM EST
Last updated Sunday, Jan. 20 2013, 4:03 PM EST

Robert Herrick, poet, CC attribution

Robert Herrick, poet, CC attribution

At this point, my daughter, a second-year McGill University literature and art-history major, perked up: “Herrick? The poet?”

“No,” I countered. “Herring. The painter.”

“Oh,” she said. “Because there is a poet named Herrick.”

“Yes, I know.”

She looked at me. “Have you read Herrick?”

“Yes,” I said. “Of course.”(Globe and Mail)



Work Cited
Brown, Ian. “AS SHE RACES PAST ME.” Globe and Mail. 19 Jan. 2013: F1. eLibrary. Web. 08 Feb. 2013.


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Open Culture (@openculture) Franco poem for Obama

open_culture_white_normal.jpg Open Culture (@openculture)
2013-01-21 6:27 PM
James Franco writes poem for the inauguration. Read “Obama in Asheville,”

James Franco is an actor and writer. He is the author of the poetry chapbook “Strongest of the Litter” and the short story collection “Palo Alto.” His poetry collection, “Directing Herbert White,” is scheduled to be published next year. He received a Best Actor nomination in 2011 for his role in “127 Hours.”

Obama in Asheville

Asheville, North Carolina, is the birthplace of Thomas
Wolfe and the sometime residence of F. Scott Fitzgerald
When he visited Zelda at her institution;
He stayed at the Grove Park Inn, a grand stone edifice.
On the phone once, Cormac McCarthy lamented
The two added wings and the spa, and marveled
At the original structure, They pulled the stones
From the mountains and brought them down on mules.

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Amazon- rent to never own

As we learn from the digital paper cuts… Ebooks, corporate ebook industry, is squeezing tighter and tighter…

As Boing Boing’s Cory Doctorow put it in a blog post yesterday:

This fine print will always have a clause that says you are a mere tenant farmer of your books, and not their owner, and your right to carry around your “purchases” (which are really conditional licenses, despite misleading buttons labeled with words like “Buy this with one click” — I suppose “Conditionally license this with one click” is deemed too cumbersome for a button) can be revoked without notice or explanation (or, notably, refund) at any time.


The core issue might actually be a simple matter of semantics: when we click a digital button that is labelled “Buy,” we expect that we’re actually buying something. But we’re not buying anything, we’re licensing it. Just last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the first-sale doctrine does not apply to software — or e-books. Or apps. Nor pretty much everything you “Buy” online that doesn’t get shipped to your home in a cardboard box.

Those long End User License Agreements you have to read before you use a new piece of software? Those are are legally binding, because you’ve clicked a button labeled “Agree.” But for some reason, online retailers can label their buttons “Buy” when they actually mean “Rent,” and there’s nothing we can do about it save filing a lawsuit. (

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MEMORY, forget everything you thought you knew-NewScientist

The current issue of New Scientist is just being circulated ( thx our sweetheart colleague- Dini ) watch for this amazing article- even you humanities types! Also the Library provides teachers with access to the digital archives of this terrific British journal. Megabytes of good stuff!

**  to login from anywhere grab the user ID from > I://staffshare/library/passwords/facultyDB.docx  , email me or TXT me 250-878-0578



(Image: van Wanten Etcetera/Souverein. Page detail: Anne Frank Fonds/Anne Frank House via Getty Images)

“…We are all collections of memories. They dictate how we think, act and make decisions, and even define our identity.
Yet memory, with its many virtues and flaws, has puzzled for centuries. How are memories made and stored in the brain? Why do we remember some events but not others? What do other animals remember? And how can we improve the flawed instrument handed to us by evolution?
In these articles we answer these questions and many more, starting with a revolutionary new understanding of memory’s purpose…” (Robson, 32 )

Robson, David, and Emma Young. “Memory.” New Scientist 6 Oct. 2012: 32. New Scientist. Web. 16 Oct. 2012.

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Avid Readers Club- ‘Fall of Giants’ meeting

The recent AVID Readers Club meeting, in the KSS Library, was a benchmark and celebration of the current novel pick- Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.

The novel involves a rich storyline from a WWI era.  Teacher-librarian, Sharon Bede and English teacher, Cathy Heymen, served up tea, scones, hard tack, canned corn beef and chocolate honouring the foods of the era.

Vice-Principal Karen Macguire served up canned meat ( Spam ) to the horror of our readers!  Students selected a list of titles and meet monthly face to face as well as blog their reading experience.



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Digital reading – services for students

DIGITAL READS >  eBooks, Audio, Media….

follettA trial ebook system from the KSS Library.  Patron may login and read books in their browser or download and read with an offline reader or iPad.  Browse Catalog list>  .  Request a Login>

or  Login to eBooks>

For iPad App and Android App- soon> Now available
Download Follett Offline eReader>

There are dozens of titles available on iPads, KOBO and Kindles.

Audiobooks … listen to selected titles.

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KSS read in classrooms and around the school. Office staff and admin wore DEAR tshirts all day and read during the hour. Three classes in the Library read the school Newspaper ‘Censor This’ which created a special DEAR edition to mark the event.


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Libraries face growing demand for ebooks…

Libraries face growing demand for ebooks, and complicated rules about using them

By Janet Steffenhagen, Vancouver Sun May 24, 2011

Publishers are struggling to find a business model that works as popularity soars

The book-lending business at public libraries used to be a simple affair: Buy books, catalogue them, loan them out and keep them in good repair. But that’s all changing with the soaring popularity of ebooks.

While libraries try to provide the same seamless service for ebooks as they do for print copies, they are stymied by an array of rules from publishers that dictate which books will be available in electronic form, how long libraries can hold digital rights to those titles and what borrowing restrictions will apply.

That’s confusing for patrons who assume libraries have the same control over ebooks as over print copies, and frustrating for librarians…..

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