Blog topic: Education
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Fake news is a hot topic that is primarily focused on either fabricated or unfavorable media accounts, usually reported on digital outlets, newspapers, cable news or social media. I would be remiss if I failed to state that dismissing unfavorable or unflattering information is a human impulse. For example, it can be extremely cathartic to weigh yourself on a scale then yell, “fake news!” The problem lies with seeking confirmation bias about important events that impact the greater society writ large.
I published an article titled, “Linguistic Diversity in Libraries” in the July 10, 2018 edition of Library Journal. That article dealt with the narrowly focused issue of diversity in libraries that basically deals with disparities in wages and leadership positions. I explain methods to easily include diverse language in my library workday.
Sunday April 22nd is Earth Day. Cubberley Library staff have pulled some of our books imbued with the spirit of Earth Day. We have biographies of individuals dedicated to saving the flora and fauna of this planet as well as individuals who have made a difference in their communities by recycling trash or replanting. Come learn who Anna Comstock, Wangari Maathai, and Isatou Ceesay are and why they might be considered earth champions. Other books which might interest budding earth warriors are on endangered species, community gardening, how the water cycle affects the environment, etc.
A few weeks ago one of the students in our Stanford Teacher Education Program wrote asking if Cubberley Library had bilingual children's books. She wrote "I am hoping to gather a collection of books to read aloud to expose young children to different languages as a start to learning to respect and appreciate different cultures." We have many in Spanish/English that are listed in our Spanish and Spanish/English children's books guide, but we needed to scramble to
As we say goodbye to autumn and hello to winter we thought it appropriate to show off some of the books at Cubberley Library with a wintry theme. Once you take them home, requirements for reading these books are
- A cup of hot cocoa
- A comfy warm spot to read and
- Someone needing a tale of whirling snowflakes or winters chill.
Please stop by before winter break. Snow is falling (somewhere) and books are calling.