Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Thing #11

I am really enjoying this part of the project. And I was able to get my husband involved. He loves history, particularly political history of the U.S. and naval history. We have a large library and have had to develop a rule: we can buy new books and read them, but if we want to keep them we must part with another book on the shelves. My husband's aunt, who just died a few weeks ago, was a retired public school librarian from Ann Arbor, MI. She also had a rule: once a book was read, it should be passed on. The ultimate philosophy of a lending librarian! We have adopted some of that same philosophy and the books we choose to pass on go to the public library, family or friends.

LibraryThing was easy to use and fun. We set up a library and put in a few of our books. This will be a great way to keep up with what you have, what you want, and what you want to share. Our families are scattered across the U.S and also have extensive libraries. This would be a great way to see each of our libraries and make plans for sharing as we visit each other. I can see using this with students in middle school (maybe 5th grade) or high school. They can keep track of the books they have read and interact with other students with similar interests.

I checked out some of the groups. The one I was surprised to find, and really liked, was Naval History and Fiction and under that, Young Adult Naval Fiction. They mentioned several books from our school library and the Horatio Hornblower books by C. S. Forester. I just love sailing and the sea!

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